ECTURE IV –MEDICAL, LEGALAND ETHICAL ISSUESMedical ResponsibilitiesThe responsibilities of the Council on MedicalEducation include the following:Study and evaluation of all aspects of medicaleducation, including ensuring that there is anadequate continuing supply of well-qualifiedphysicians to meet the medical needs of the public;
MEDICAL RESPONSIBILITIESReview and recommendation of policiesfor medical education;Consideration and recommendation of themeans and methods whereby physiciansmay be assisted in maintaining theirprofessional competence and thedevelopment of means and criteria forrecognition of such achievement;Responsibility for the AMA remaining anaccredited sponsor of continuing medicaleducation.
MEDICAL RESPONSIBILITIESScope of practice and Standard of care make up themain elements of medical responsibilities
SCOPE OF PRACTICEScope of Practice-The range ofduties and skills thatqualifiedpractitionersare allowed and expectedto perform.Defined by state lawOutlines care you can provideFurther defined in protocols andstanding ordersAuthorized through online and off-linemedical directionEstablishes the boundaries of an
SCOPE OF PRACTICEWhat Professions have a Scope ofPractice?Medical Professions – Dieticians, RespiratoryTherapists, Nurses, Midwives, EMT’s,Physicians, Surgeons, Physician Assistants,Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Chiropractors,Audiologists, Radiographers, NuclearMedicine Specialists; Social Workers,Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists,Speech & Language Pathologists; Non-Medical Professions as well
SCOPE OF PRACTICEWhere to Find Scope of Practice forMedical AssistantFederal and State LawsProfessional Codes of EthicsEmployer PoliciesJob Description from your EmployerProfessional PublicationsStandards of Care and Practice in your communityContinuing Education (as noted in Ethics Codes)
SCOPE OF PRACTICEWhy is the Scope of Practice Important?Practical Reasons – People need to know what isexpected of them within their profession.People need to know when to refer things toother professionals.Liability – The scope of practice provides a“safety net” of sorts at work—so long as you areworking within your scope, consistent with yourtraining and ethical standards, your employer willusually be liable for untoward events under thedoctrine of respondent superior.
STANDARD OF CAREThe degree of skill and judgment expectedof an individual when caring for a patient