Ethics and Professionalism

Medical Ethics and Professionalism (ME-22)



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.

*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-up component.


Part One

  1. Pre-course component: Online readings and assignments totaling eight hours
  2. Live component: Two days totaling 14 hours

Part Two

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

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.

Causes for referral

  • Misrepresentation, falsification, lying, theft and 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

Course Credits

22 CME/CE hours

Course Costs

$1875.00 Flat

Date: October 23, 2020 - October 24, 2020

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time

Seats Remaining: 0

Date: November 12, 2020 - November 13, 2020

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time

Date: November 14, 2020 - November 15, 2020

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time

Date: December 4, 2020 - December 5, 2020

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time

Date: January 8, 2021 - January 9, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time

Date: January 29, 2021 - January 30, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time

Date: February 26, 2021 - February 27, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time

Date: March 19, 2021 - March 20, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time


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  • "This course was fantastic and the faculty did a BRILLIANT job in managing and conducting the course. I loved the virtual aspect of it which made me pay attention 100% throughout the course by seeing all the participants and the instructor right in front of my eyes at all times. I could have not asked for any better educational experience than this. Phenomenal job. "
    - Medical Ethics Course Graduate
  • "I was not happy about being required to take this course. With that being said, I am pleased that I did. I initially thought that I was going to be subjected to endless slide presentations and case studies. Hearing everyone's story and reflections on their reasons for attending were perhaps the best part of the experience. The faculty was awesome, treated everyone with respect and was very knowledgeable about the subject matter. "
    - Medical Ethics Course Graduate
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