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Professional Boundaries ...

  • are the "limits that protect the space between the professional’s power and the client’s vulnerability."

  • are a matter of context rather than content

  • may apply to the workplace climate as well as the professional/patient relationship

  • apply equally to teachers and learners

  • overlap into personal spheres - you are a professional always !

  • are defined by CPSO policies[1]


Now that you are more familiar with the CPSO policies, have you changed the way you think about relationships between ....


student and resident ?


resident and staff physician / preceptor ?


physician and patient ?


2 members of the health care team (for example an RN and MD) ?


self and other ?


1. Content for this section was provided by Dr. Janet Dollin, Office of Gender and Equity Issues, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa

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