Sexual Misconduct: How to Protect Yourself and Your Patients

In this lecture, we will describe the continuum of sexual exploitation, including sexual or gender-based discrimination, harassment and abuse. We will discuss power dynamics that exist in medicine and medical education, including ways to decrease the power differentials for a safer working and educational environment. Additionally, we will review what to do when faced with harassment, including a discussion of employer responsibilities in the prevention, investigation, and corrective measures of sexual misconduct. Finally, we will explore specific ways to create a more inclusive environment.

This course fulfills the Illinois mandate for 1 hour of training on sexual harassment prevention.  All Illinois physicians must complete training in this area before renewing their license by the July 31 deadline.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the continuum of sexual exploitation
  • Discuss examples of sexual misconduct
  • Identify the power dynamics that exist in medicine and medical education
  • Explain the steps to take if faced with a sexual harassment situation
  • Summarize the characteristics of an inclusive environment designed to prevent unwanted outcomes

Additional Information

Illinois State Medical Society
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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


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This course is offered through Illinois State Medical Society.


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