9, according to Joseph Wendelken, a spokesman for the Department of Health.This came after Bridgham “began a therapeutic relationship” in spring 2016 with a patient.
You would think that these would be OK, so long as the physician did not abuse the relationship.
But the AMA takes the position that ending the professional relationship may not be enough: a relationship still may violate professional ethics "if the sexual contact occurred as a result of the use or exploitation of trust, knowledge, influence, or emotions derived from the former professional relationship." When would this be the case?
This is supposed to give you time to get back to the real you.
But do you really need a rule to date after divorce?
The length of the former relationship, the extent to which the patient has confided personal or private information to the physician, the nature of the patient's medical problem, and the degree of emotional dependence that the patient has on the physician, all may contribute to the intimacy of the relationship.
In addition, the extent of the physician's general knowledge about the patient (i.e., the patient's past, the patient's family situation, and the patient's current emotional state) is also a factor that may render a sexual or romantic relationship with a former patient unethical.
Debra Jamrug of Pleasant Street had nothing but nice things to say about Bridgham, who was her landlord. “He was a very gracious landlord — very pleasant and understanding.
He told me that he retired in October due to health reasons.” Bridgham voluntarily suspended his license on Sept.
The patient complained that the doctor had violated the boundaries of a patient-physician relationship during sessions, according to paperwork filed when the doctor surrendered his license.
In 2003, the state had ordered Bridgham to undergo evaluation from the Professional Renewal Center in Kansas after he had sex with one of his patients.
Or perhaps the AMA feels that there simply are no circumstances in which a patient could give valid consent.