Navigating Power Differentials as a Physician in the “Me Too” Era

With a documented rise in reports of sexual harassment and inappropriate sexual behavior across medical specialties in the workplace, it is important for physicians and medical leaders to be aware of the prevalence of problematic sexual behavior in physicians. This webinar aims to define and increase awareness of such problematic behavior, explores factors that may be related to physician misconduct, and informs learners about available clinical treatment resources and the prospect for rehabilitation. A better understanding of the relevant issues and identification of measures to mitigate these problems are vital to achieving a culture of respect and professionalism within medicine.  

Target Audience

Medical Leaders, Physicians 

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish and increase awareness of what constitutes as boundary issues, inappropriate sexual behavior and sexual harassment
  • Recognize available treatment resources
  • Understand and apply evaluation and treatment recommendations for physicians who engage in inappropriate sexual behavior

Additional Information

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS)
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 MOC II
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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Steven A. Adelman, M.D.
Steve Adelman, M.D. is the Medical Director of Physician Health Services (PHS) in Massachusetts since March 2013. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and he completed his internship, residency, and chief residency at Harvard Medical School’s McLean Hospital. Dr. Adelman was a Faculty Fellow in Addiction Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he is an Associate Professor. He has extensive experience in addiction psychiatry, addiction medicine and multispecialty group medical leadership.  

Wendy L. Cohen, M.D.
Wendy Cohen, M.D. is the Evaluation Director of Physician Health Services (PHS). She is a board certified psychiatrist and is a graduate of the Drexel University School of Medicine. She completed residency at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, chief residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and psychotherapy fellowships at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and Adam’s House at Faulkner Hospital. Dr. Cohen served as a staff psychiatrist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and has a psychotherapy private practice.

Fabian M. Saleh, M.D., D.F.A.P.A.
Fabian Saleh, M.D. is a child & adolescent, adult (general), and forensic psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Part-Time, at Harvard Medical School.  He is the director of the Sexual Violence Prevention & Risk Management Program (SVP & RMP) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, and executive director of the FMS Clinical and Forensic Associates, LLC. Dr. Saleh was born in Wiesbaden, Germany. He received his medical degree in Florence, Italy; and completed his child and adolescent psychiatry residency at Case Western Reserve University and his psychiatric residency training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Renee Sorrentino, M.D.
Renee Sorrentino, M.D. is the Medical Director at the Institute for Sexual Wellness and Clinical Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is a board certified forensic psychiatrist with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with paraphilias. Dr. Sorrentino received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed her residency in adult psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. Following her residency, she completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship at Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and Physician Health Services, Inc. The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement 
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

MOC Approval Statement 
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory , this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:  

Allergy and Immunology
Family Medicine
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Nuclear Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry and Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA)
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00 Category 1 credit for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 MOC II
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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