Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ Medical License May Be At Risk From Affair With Patient

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/11/scott-desjarlais-medical-license_n_1958132.html


10/11/2012

WASHINGTON — Even if Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) manages to win reelection, his job as a doctor in the Volunteer State could be in jeopardy after a phone transcript has revealed him pressuring his patient and mistress to get an abortion.

In the transcript, first reported Wednesday by The Huffington Post, DesJarlais cajoles his mistress, whom he met on the job, to abort a pregnancy he suspected was the result of their affair. The woman was under DesJarlais’ care for a foot injury, and in their conversation they discuss how their relationship began after DesJarlais called her to check in on her progress.

They argue about which one of them actually started the indiscretion, but medical ethics guidelines suggest that any patient-doctor sexual relationship is out of bounds.

Neither DesJarlais nor his campaign have disputed the facts of the call, merely calling the news, which broke Wednesday, “old.”

According to the guidelines of the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners, the state would consider any violation of the American Medical Association’s ethics rules to be also a violation of state ethics rules.

In the case of a sexual relationship with a patient, the AMA has very little gray area. According to the AMA, “Sexual contact that occurs concurrent with the patient-physician relationship constitutes sexual misconduct.”

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