Excerpt From Medical Ethics: Real-World Application By Afshin Nasser

Physician as the Patient

A physician treating a patient who is also a physician must report if the physician-patient suffers from any medical condition where it is reasonably clear that patients of the physician-patient or others involved in his/her medical practice, could be harmed physically or psychologically as a result of the medical condition.

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  1. A physician treating a patient who is also a physician must report if the physician-patient suffers from any medical condition where it is reasonably clear that patients of the physician-patient or others involved in his/her medical practice, could be harmed physically or psychologically as a result of the medical condition.
  2. The treating physician must make reasonable efforts to determine the scope of the physician-patient’s practice and seek information with consent from the physician-patient about the impact of the medical condition on the practice.
  3. The physician-patient must be advised of their duty to self-report and must be supported in their reporting to the Medical Board.
  4. The treating physician must advise the physician-patient of their intent to report.

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State Medical Boards

The medical board’s duty is to protect the public, not the physician. State medical boards today focus on licensed physicians who violate professional ethics, and their mandate has significantly evolved to focus on disciplining physicians.

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Boundary Violation

Boundaries create a therapeutic distance between physician and patient and clarify their respective roles and expectations. Boundaries define limits of the therapeutic relationship.

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Medical Ethics: Real-World Application By Afshin Nasser

You may have acquired this book as a result of conflicts with peers, administrators, patients, or State Medical Boards, where the outcomes of those interactions have left you wondering, “…what if I had done things differently?”

In that case, I hope that this book answers some of your questions and guides you with regards to any future quandaries you may encounter.


If you are a healthcare worker seeking to understand the subject of medical ethics, then I hope this book helps you acquire the clarity you seek.
If you are an individual simply curious about medical ethics, then I raise my hat to you for your pursuit of knowledge.