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Principles for Physician Employment (CME)

Credit(s): 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (Enduring)
Original Program Date: June 15, 2013
Duration: 1 hour 13 minutes

Physicians are increasingly entering into employment relationships with hospitals, group practices, and other entities. The recently adopted AMA Principles for Physician Employment, which are grounded in AMA policy and the AMA Code of Medical Ethics, are intended to help physicians, those who employ physicians, and their respective counsel identify and address some of the unique challenges employment can present to professionalism and the practice of medicine. This 75-minute program will provide an overview of the Principles and their application to real-world situations in which the interests of the employer may differ from those of the physician and his or her patients.

Topic areas to be covered include:

  • Conflicts of interest

  • Physician advocacy for their patients

  • Contracting

  • Hospital medical staff relations

  • Peer review and performance evaluations

  • Payment agreements


At the conclusion of this  session, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and describe potential areas of conflict between employed physicians and their employers.

  • Use the AMA Principles for Physician Employment as a resource to guide physician, counsel and employer collaboration in the provision of safe, high-quality and cost-effective patient care.


Released:  January 31, 2014

Expires:    October 15, 2016


Target Audience:

All physicians and lawyers who work with healthcare related cases. Whether you are an experienced healthcare lawyer or a physician in any practice setting or simply entering the field of healthcare, this activity will provide valuable insight and strategies that can improve your practice.


Kathleen L. DeBruhl, Kathleen L. DeBruhl & Associates, LLC, New Orleans, LA

Jay A. Gregory, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Eastor Health System and Immediate Past Chair, AMA-OMSS Governing Council, Muskogee, OK

Norman P. Jeddeloh, Litigation Group, Arnstein & Lehr, LLP, Chicago, IL

Sidney S. Welch, Healthcare Practice, Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP, Atlanta, GA


All of the faculty members, as listed above, have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.

The following planning members of the American Bar Association (ABA)-Health Law Section have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.

Co-Chairs: Martin Guerrero Jr., MD, JD, Julian L. Rivera. Vice Chairs: Stephen G. Auer, Wes M. Cleveland, Almeta E. Cooper, Adrienne D. Dresevic, Robert Panton, MD, Elizabeth A. Snelson, Eric Weatherford, and Sidney S. Welch

The following planning members of the Chicago Medical Society’s CME Committee have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests: Howard Axe, MD, Robert W. Panton, MD, Course Director, Kenneth G. Busch, MD, Philip B. Dray, MD, Kathy Tynus, MD, Adrienne L. Fregia, MD, Theodore D. Kanellakes, Executive Director, and Cecilia Merino, Director of Education.

The following planning members of the AMA’s Planning Committee have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests: James A. DeNuccio, Barney Cohen, Arthur D. Snow, Jr., MD, and David J. Welsh, MD


Teaching Methods

  • Lecture

  • Audio-visual presentation

  • Pre-survey, Post-test and Post-survey (evaluation)


1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (Enduring)   The Chicago Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Chicago Medical Society designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Chicago Medical Society requires physician to complete 70-percent of the test questions correctly to receive credit for this course.

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