professional misconduct


Summary: Violation of laws, regulations, or professional standards.

Top Publications

  1. Passik S, Kirsh K. Fear and loathing in the pain clinic. Pain Med. 2006;7:363-4; discussion 365-6 pubmed
  2. Yates J, James D. Risk factors at medical school for subsequent professional misconduct: multicentre retrospective case-control study. BMJ. 2010;340:c2040 pubmed publisher
    ..whether there are risk factors in a doctor's time at medical school that are associated with subsequent professional misconduct. Matched case-control study. Setting Records from medical schools and the General Medical Council (GMC)...
  3. Papadakis M, Arnold G, Blank L, Holmboe E, Lipner R. Performance during internal medicine residency training and subsequent disciplinary action by state licensing boards. Ann Intern Med. 2008;148:869-76 pubmed
    ..These findings support the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education standards for professionalism and cognitive performance and the development of best practices to remediate these deficiencies. ..
  4. Ainsworth M, Szauter K. Medical student professionalism: are we measuring the right behaviors? A comparison of professional lapses by students and physicians. Acad Med. 2006;81:S83-6 pubmed
    ..These similarities add credibility to our faculty's observations, and reinforce the relevance of monitoring such behaviors in future physicians. ..
  5. Papadakis M, Teherani A, Banach M, Knettler T, Rattner S, Stern D, et al. Disciplinary action by medical boards and prior behavior in medical school. N Engl J Med. 2005;353:2673-82 pubmed
    ..Professionalism should have a central role in medical academics and throughout one's medical career. ..
  6. Cardarelli R, Licciardone J. Factors associated with high-severity disciplinary action by a state medical board: a Texas study of medical license revocation. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2006;106:153-6 pubmed
    ..05; 95% CI, 1.04-1.07). Factors associated with a greater likelihood of license revocation for physicians are: primary medical specialty, number of years in practice, and a history of multiple disciplinary actions. ..
  7. Kusnoor A, Falik R. Cheating in medical school: the unacknowledged ailment. South Med J. 2013;106:479-83 pubmed publisher
    ..Cheating in medical school may have serious long-term consequences for future physicians. Institutions should develop environments that promote integrity. ..
  8. Elkin K, Spittal M, Elkin D, Studdert D. Doctors disciplined for professional misconduct in Australia and New Zealand, 2000-2009. Med J Aust. 2011;194:452-6 pubmed
    ..describe professional discipline cases in Australia and New Zealand in which doctors were found guilty of professional misconduct, and to develop a typology for describing the misconduct...
  9. Norris D, Gutheil T, Strasburger L. This couldn't happen to me: boundary problems and sexual misconduct in the psychotherapy relationship. Psychiatr Serv. 2003;54:517-22 pubmed
    ..Consultation and education-for students and for clinicians at all levels of experience-and effective supervision are reviewed as approaches to boundary problems. ..

More Information


  1. Morrison J, Wickersham P. Physicians disciplined by a state medical board. JAMA. 1998;279:1889-93 pubmed
    ..Further study of disciplined physicians is necessary to identify physicians at high risk for offenses leading to disciplinary action and to develop effective interventions to prevent these offenses. ..
  2. Choudhry S, Choudhry N, Brown A. Unregulated private markets for health care in Canada? Rules of professional misconduct, physician kickbacks and physician self-referral. CMAJ. 2004;170:1115-8 pubmed
  3. Papadakis M, Hodgson C, Teherani A, Kohatsu N. Unprofessional behavior in medical school is associated with subsequent disciplinary action by a state medical board. Acad Med. 2004;79:244-9 pubmed
    ..Problematic behavior in medical school is associated with subsequent disciplinary action by a state medical board. Professionalism is an essential competency that must be demonstrated for a student to graduate from medical school. ..
  4. Cyranoski D. Investigations launched into artificial tracheas. Nature. 2014;516:16-7 pubmed publisher
  5. Knapp S, VandeCreek L. An overview of the major changes in the 2002 APA Ethics Code. Prof Psychol Res Pr. 2003;34:301-8 pubmed
    ..In addition, the revised Ethics Code expresses greater sensitivity to the needs of cultural and linguistic minorities and students. Shortcomings of the 2002 Ethics Code are discussed. ..
  6. Wochna K, Jurczyk A, Krajewski W, Berent J. Sudden death due to malignant hyperthermia during general anesthesia. Arch Med Sadowej Kryminol. 2013;63:11-4, 7-10 pubmed
    ..Such symptoms are characteristic for an inherited disease called malignant hyperthermia. Despite professionally performed resuscitation and help of an emergency unit, the patient died. ..
  7. Roder C, Whittlestone K, May S. Views of professionalism: a veterinary institutional perspective. Vet Rec. 2012;171:595 pubmed publisher
    ..All four clusters in this educational environment prioritised technical and interpersonal competences above all other aspects of the professional role. ..
  8. Tettlebaum H, Meyers K. Part II--Sexual misconduct by professionals. Safeguarding yourself and your practice against allegations of sexual abuse or patient impropriety. Mo Med. 2012;109:187-8 pubmed
    ..By drawing boundaries between their personal and professional lives, physicians can protect their practices and themselves while also still achieving their true goal: providing quality care to their patients. ..
  9. Dyer O. GMC hearing against Wakefield and colleagues opens. BMJ. 2007;335:62-3 pubmed
  10. Phillips R. Expanding the role of the forensic consultant. Newsl Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2005;30:4-5 pubmed
  11. Miller L. Managing problem employees: a model program and practical guide. Int J Emerg Ment Health. 2010;12:275-85 pubmed
    ..Throughout, the emphasis on balancing the need for order and productivity in the workplace with fairness and concern for employee health and well-being. ..
  12. Hughes P, Bean C, Duff R, Duncan J, Feldman C, Guarente J, et al. Academic integrity in dental school: a call to action. J Am Coll Dent. 2009;76:31-7 pubmed
    ..This paper addresses academic misconduct in dental school, the impact it may have on our profession, and how educators can begin to develop strategies to curtail cheating in their institutions. ..
  13. Windokun A. Database analysis of atypical drug transactions. Anesth Analg. 2008;106:1019; author reply 1019-20 pubmed publisher
  14. Howe A, Miles S, Wright S, Leinster S. Putting theory into practice - a case study in one UK medical school of the nature and extent of unprofessional behaviour over a 6-year period. Med Teach. 2010;32:837-44 pubmed publisher
    ..Further research is needed to benchmark systems across the UK, and to know whether formalising expectations of undergraduates result in less problems in subsequent practice. ..
  15. Cohen V, Jellinek S, Blecker M, Cocchio C, Likourezos A, Shah B. Frequency of and reasons for pharmacy residents breaching the National Matching Services applicant agreement. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2010;67:1847-50 pubmed publisher
    ..The majority of these respondents indicated that these residents were not their first choices. The most common reason for candidate withdrawal was family obligation. ..
  16. Scepanovic I. Croatia cracks down on corruption. Lancet. 2006;368:1410 pubmed
  17. Anaissie E, Segal B, Graybill J, Arndt C, Perfect J, Kleinberg M, et al. Clinical research in the lay press: irresponsible journalism raises a huge dose of doubt. Clin Infect Dis. 2006;43:1031-9 pubmed
  18. Chormunge V, Pawar V, Patil A. Medical practice and related insurance. J Indian Med Assoc. 2012;110:181-2, 188 pubmed
    ..All this medical practice related insurance is explained with its present charges, terms and conditions and its importance in today's practice. ..
  19. Maloney D. Research subject complains about how she was treated by an institutional review board (IRB). Hum Res Rep. 2005;20:7 pubmed
  20. Castledine G. Practice nurse who expanded her role without appropriate training. Br J Nurs. 2005;14:1141 pubmed
  21. Parker M, Wilkinson D. Dealing with "rogue" medical students: we need a nationally consistent approach based on "case law". Med J Aust. 2008;189:626-8 pubmed
    ..A nationally consistent approach to the management of poorly behaved students within the academic program is vital in the interests of equity across programs and protection of the public. ..
  22. Jones J, Fitzpatrick J, Drake V. Frequency of postlicensure registered nurse boundary violations with patients in the state of Ohio: a comparison based on type of prelicensure registered nurse education. Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2008;22:356-63 pubmed publisher
    ..Further studies on prelicensure curricular influences on registered nurses' postlicensure behavior, particularly in relation to curricular content focused on interpersonal skill development, are recommended. ..
  23. Fleit H, Iuli R, Fischel J, Lu W, Chandran L. A model of influences on the clinical learning environment: the case for change at one U.S. medical school. BMC Med Educ. 2017;17:63 pubmed publisher
    ..We offer a model of learning environment influences with leadership and institutional culture at the helm, as a way to frame a comprehensive perspective on this challenging and complex concern. ..
  24. Habermann B, Broome M, Pryor E, Ziner K. Research coordinators' experiences with scientific misconduct and research integrity. Nurs Res. 2010;59:51-7 pubmed publisher
    ..The importance of the ethical climate in the institution in ensuring a safe environment to report and an environment where evidence is reviewed cannot be overlooked. ..
  25. D Cunha J. Professionalism in medicine: are we closer to unifying principles?. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010;22:111-2 pubmed publisher
    ..In a unique approach, Lucey and Souba advocate for addressing the problem of lapses in professionalism as a form of medical error. This perspective may provide a fresh outlook on the problem. ..
  26. Alam A, Kurdyak P, Klemensberg J, Griesman J, Bell C. The characteristics of psychiatrists disciplined by professional colleges in Canada. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e50558 pubmed publisher
    ..Psychiatrists differ from non-psychiatrist physicians in the prevalence and nature of medical misconduct. Efforts to decrease medical misconduct by psychiatrists need to be conducted and systematically evaluated. ..
  27. Bateman C. 'Step down, face probe' -- MDPB tells Padayachee. S Afr Med J. 2006;96:387 pubmed
  28. Mooney H. Judgement delivered on NMC. Nurs Times. 2008;104:10-1 pubmed
  29. Rees C, Knight L. Banning, detection, attribution and reaction: the role of assessors in constructing students' unprofessional behaviours. Med Educ. 2008;42:125-7 pubmed publisher
  30. Day M. Industry association suspends drug company for entertaining doctors. BMJ. 2006;332:381 pubmed
  31. Fischer H, Houchen B, Ferguson Ramos L. Professional boundaries violations: case studies from a regulatory perspective. Nurs Adm Q. 2008;32:317-23 pubmed publisher
    ..Often, the 2 patterns coalesce. Administrators, directors of nursing, and supervisors in these patient populations and in the settings discussed should be particularly mindful of potential boundary violation behavioral indicators. ..
  32. Casey J. The top 10 causes of unprofessional conduct. Alta RN. 2006;62:4-6 pubmed
  33. Ray S. Whistleblowing and organizational ethics. Nurs Ethics. 2006;13:438-45 pubmed
    ..A relational ethics approach is presented as a way to eliminate the negative consequences of whistleblowing by fostering an interdependent moral community to address ethical concerns. ..
  34. Khademi M, Mohammadi E, Vanaki Z. Nurses' experiences of violation of their dignity. Nurs Ethics. 2012;19:328-40 pubmed publisher
    ..Health systems should take the promotion of the nurses' dignity into account through providing a dignified work environment. ..
  35. Dick T. The lesson. Why do some of us become cynical?. Emerg Med Serv. 2006;35:24 pubmed
  36. Cooper S, Ssebunnya J, Kigozi F, Lund C, Flisher A. Viewing Uganda's mental health system through a human rights lens. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2010;22:578-88 pubmed publisher
    ..Promoting and protecting the rights of people with mental disorders has ethical and public health imperatives. A number of policy, legislative and service development initiatives are required. ..
  37. Arora V, Wayne D, Anderson R, Didwania A, Farnan J, Reddy S, et al. Changes in perception of and participation in unprofessional behaviors during internship. Acad Med. 2010;85:S76-80 pubmed publisher
    ..Although participation in egregious unprofessional behavior remained unchanged during internship, participation in on-call unprofessional behaviors increased. ..
  38. Brown O. Good Samaritan statutes: a malpractice defense for "doing the right thing". J Vasc Surg. 2010;51:1572-3 pubmed publisher
    ..The legal system recognizes the need to protect physicians who appropriately respond and, therefore, Good Samaritan statutes were adopted. ..
  39. Vere Jones E. Are relationships with patients always out of bounds?. Nurs Times. 2008;104:8-9 pubmed
  40. Marques Filho J, Hossne W. [Medical revocation processes in the state of São Paulo under the bioethics perspective]. Rev Assoc Med Bras (1992). 2008;54:214-9 pubmed
  41. Barber C. Abuse by care professionals. Part 5: implications for nurses. Br J Nurs. 2007;16:1230-2 pubmed
  42. Susło R, Swiatek B. [Medical data security in medico-legal opinioning]. Arch Med Sadowej Kryminol. 2005;55:314-8 pubmed
    ..They listed Polish as well as international regulations and laws concerning the problem, accenting the importance of preserving medical data for the purposes of medico-legal opinioning. ..
  43. Burns Cox C, Rouse A, Halpin D, Mayor V, Marshall T. Guantanamo: a call for action: would GMC dismiss a complaint against Guantanamo doctor?. BMJ. 2006;332:855 pubmed
  44. Perronne C. Lyme disease antiscience. Lancet Infect Dis. 2012;12:361-2; author reply 362-3 pubmed publisher
  45. Fullbrook S. Professional regulation. Part 6: transition of regulatory bodies. Br J Nurs. 2008;17:1042-4 pubmed
    ..The next article will concentrate on the recent review into the conduct of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, conducted by CHRE, in the context of professional regulation. ..
  46. Pugh D. Exploring the issue of unprofessional conduct. Interview by Steven Harulow. Aust Nurs J. 2003;10:16 pubmed
  47. Castledine G. The importance of a good shift handover of patients. Br J Nurs. 2006;15:524 pubmed
  48. Saana S, Ablordeppey E, Mensah N, Karikari T. Academic dishonesty in higher education: students' perceptions and involvement in an African institution. BMC Res Notes. 2016;9:234 pubmed publisher
    ..Considering these misconceptions, institutions should do more to help their students better understand the different forms of AD and how to avoid them. ..
  49. Leather D, Davis S. Paediatricians and the pharmaceutical industry: an industry perspective of the challenges ahead. Paediatr Respir Rev. 2006;7:60-6 pubmed
    ..Commitment is needed from both sides to work together to manage the relationship. ..
  50. Okłota M, Niemcunowicz Janica A, Ptaszynska Sarosiek I, Załuski J. [Declaration of death in a living individual--a case report]. Arch Med Sadowej Kryminol. 2010;60:156-8 pubmed
    ..Incorrect declaration of death in a living woman provided the basis for adopting an erroneous, contrary to current medical standards in force, management strategy. ..
  51. Freckelton I. Vicarious liability and criminal prosecutions for regulatory offences. J Law Med. 2006;14:24-6 pubmed
    ..The author queries whether fault should not be brought back in some form to constitute a determinant of criminal liability for corporations. ..
  52. Rhead J. Where were the doctors?. Explore (NY). 2007;3:355 pubmed
  53. Wettstein R. Ethical practice. Newsl Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2005;30:29-30 pubmed