Simon asked her to lunch because he needed a shoulder to cry on. His girlfriend, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour some time ago, had recently died. During lunch, she told Simon that she had just ended a relationship and joined a dating service. Quit the dating agency, Simon told her, and go out with me instead. She was taken aback — gobsmacked, really. Here she was, expecting to console someone in grief, and was instead faced with an ill-timed romantic proposal.
Over the four-and-a- half-year span of medical training, students are extensively grilled on how to diagnose diseases and treat patients. The rules of conduct, which should guide his behaviour when interacting with his own professional colleagues, is hardly ever touched upon in the medical curriculum. These rules and laws actually offer a framework within which the future doctor can act. Many students and practitioners are genuinely surprised to know that rules actually exist. Some know that some sort of ethical conduct is expected of them, but are not very clear on the subject.
During my last job, one of my regular patients and I seemed to hit it off I was pleasant and friendly, but kept it professional. I definitely felt the tension and I think we both knew there was some chemistry there. At the time, I was working in a field that I would not consider terribly invasive, nor unusual relationship such as psychiatry, just a typical office. I am no longer at that practice and have no intention of returning, nor do I live in the area of my practice or know anyone in common with this former patient, no complicating factors.
Acknowledgment: The College and the ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee thank former Committee members who made contributions to the development of the Manual through their work on previous editions. They also thank the many leadership, journal, and other reviewers of this edition of the Manual for helpful comments on drafts; Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD, for consulting and research assistance with the research chapter of the Manual, for which contributions he received compensation; and staff to the Committee from the ACP Center for Ethics and Professionalism, Daniel T. Financial Support: Financial support for the development of the Manual came exclusively from the ACP operating budget.