Medical Ethics

PBI Medical Ethics & Professionalism (ME-22)



$1875.00 Flat

Course Credit

22 CME/CE hours

Important Course Notice:

  • In-Person Course Notice: If you choose to register for an in-person course, there is a chance your course location may be adapted to a Virtual Live Classroom format at a later date in response to ongoing coronavirus safety concerns. We are monitoring the situation closely and your safety is our top priority.
  • PBI Virtual Live Classroom™ Notice: To enroll in a course in the virtual live classroom format, you must meet eligibility requirements. These include but are not limited to:
    • Basic computer literacy and a laptop or desktop computer
    • Webcam
    • Audio/microphone
    • Quiet and private office space with reliable internet, free from distractions or interruptions for the full duration of your course


Like all PBI Education offerings, this course is grounded in the premise that everyone has the potential to commit a boundary or ethics violation. In this course, participants examine how and why their professional practices, responses to stress, and personal or situational factors put them at risk for exercising poor judgment or rationalizing improper behavior.

Participants arrive at the seminar primed by the pre-course readings, assignments, and self-assessment exercises—springboards for the process of introspection and self-critique. Participant complete the course by producing a Personalized Protection Plan designed to avoid future wrongdoing, safeguard patients and colleagues, and honor the reputation of their profession.


Part One

  1. Pre-course component: Online readings and assignments totaling eight hours
  2. Live component: Two days totaling 14 hours
  3. Completion documentations distributed upon successful completion of course at the end of day two

Part Two

  1. Post-course component: Optional follow-up material will be sent via email at six and twelve month intervals.

*California physicians: This course meets the Title 16, California Code of Regulations (CCR) section 1358.1 requirements. If you are fulfilling a board ordered requirement, your licensing board requires participation in follow-ups component.

Professions this course is suitable for:

Physicians, dentists, veterinarians, chiropractors, physician assistants, nurses, mental health providers, EMT's, physical therapists, students, and a wide variety of other clinicians. This course can also be adapted to be applicable for attorneys.

This course addresses issues such as:

  • Misrepresentation, falsification, cheating
  • Financial improprieties
  • Breaking laws
  • HIPAA or confidentiality violations
  • Practicing on an expired license

Learning objectives

  • Comply with standards of practice, codes of ethics, and state statutes
  • Improve clinical decision making by minimizing negative influencers
  • Adhere to professional ethics with resultant improvements in professional-patient interaction, which can improve clinical outcomes
  • Reduce their potential transgressions through the development of systems that can be implemented into clinical practice
  • Become aware of the early warning signs indicative of ethical dilemmas and boundary problems
  • Create and implement a tiered Protection Plan to maintain appropriate boundaries


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and Professional Boundaries, Inc. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates these live activities each for a maximum of 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in activity.

Registration Options

Date: May 15, 2020 - May 16, 2020

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time

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Location: Irvine, CA

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Date: December 4, 2020 - December 5, 2020

Location: Irvine, CA


How do I know if this course is approved by my regulatory agency or board?
Most PBI Education courses are already approved, but we always recommend you send our course agenda to your agency for pre-approval before you register. Just click the "course agenda" button at the top of the page to download a copy of the agenda.
My disciplinary order states that I need to take a course from a different provider, can I take a PBI course instead?
Yes! PBI courses are considered equivalent to many courses from other providers and can be approved by submitting an agenda to your regulatory agency or organization. You can download the agenda by pressing the "course agenda" button at the top of the page. Our courses compare to similar courses from providers like: Vanderbilt, Sante, Center for Personalized Education for Professionals (CPEP or CPEP PROBE) Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE), Case Western, Western Institute of Legal Medicine (WILM), Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ), and K-STAR Physician Resources.
Can I attend this course proactively for CE credit even if I don’t have a disciplinary order?
Yes! We welcome and encourage participants to proactively educate themselves by taking our courses, even if they have no disciplinary issues to address. Some of the pre-course requirements will not apply to you.
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