Winter 2020 Issue
By William L. Harp, MD and Caitlin Carnell, MD
Dr. Harp covered key points about the Virginia Department of Health Professions and the Virginia Board of Medicine, including the mission of the Department and the Board, the reason boards of medicine exist, the structure of the Board and its functions as the governing body for the practice of medicine. He also reviewed the salient laws and regulations that all practicing psychiatrists should know so they can remain in compliance with all requirements, thereby protecting their license and their patients as well. He emphasized several initiatives of the Board that require time-sensitive actions, such as Physician Profile updates, Type 1 and Type 2 continuing education, the Prescription Monitoring Program, and biennial renewal of a license.
Dr. Carnell covered information on boundaries and boundary violations, specifically focusing on sexual boundary violations that occur among psychiatrists and physicians in general. She described the different types of offenders that most commonly present. She reviewed some of the literature describing predisposing factors and demographics of physicians who violate sexual boundaries, also sharing some of the data she had collected from Virginia disciplinary actions from last year. Finally, she concluded with some warning signs/red flags and tips on how to best mitigate risk.
February 19-20, 2021
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