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JAMA Professionalism
October 25, 2016

Professional Boundaries

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, and Wilson Centre for Research in Education, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2St Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
JAMA. 2016;316(16):1706-1707. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.15753

Dr Silver works as an obstetrician-gynecologist in a small community. A new colleague, Dr King, joined the practice about 6 months ago and now comes to Dr Silver for help. Dr King is feeling a bit depressed, missing her old friends and former practice, and mentions that when she felt like this 5 years ago, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) was really helpful. She asks Dr Silver if she will prescribe this medication for her as she does not yet have a family physician and does not want anything official on her record at the hospital or the clinic.

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