Dating doctors in denver

Take the scenario of a single doctor practicing in a small town, one who'd like to settle in the area and raise a family — a euphemism for "find a mate." In our society, this involves romance and courtship, and — for most contemporary couples — some sexual behavior.

Our contemporary attitude toward such encounters is to label them, categorically, as "unprofessional conduct." Given that there is no surveillance of this behavior, physician-patient sex comes to the attention of regulatory agencies only when the patient complains. The nominal standard establishes a rule of "no overlap": a physician-patient relationship must not coexist with a romantic-sexual relationship.

The AMA says: "Sexual contact that occurs concurrent with the physician-patient relationship constitutes sexual misconduct.

Sexual or romantic interactions between physicians and patients detract from the goals of the physician-patient relationship, may exploit the vulnerability of the patient, may obscure the physician's objective judgment concerning the patient's health care, and ultimately may be detrimental to the patient's well-being....

Sexual or romantic relationships between a physician and a former patient may be unduly influenced by the previous physician-patient relationship.

Rules are always problematic, especially those that address highly complex human behaviors.

I would argue, I think with good support, that love and mating entail the greatest complexity of anything we do as a species.

For psychiatrists, it is a violation to cross the "patient-lover boundary" with any person who has ever been in the other role.

According to the American Psychiatric Association: "Sexual activity with a current or former patient is unethical....

I confess that my wife and I, both licensed practitioners, have violated the "no overlap" principle on numerous occasions with each other.

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