Activity ID



December 31, 2020

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

Medical Risk Management, Inc.


In a normal provider-patient relationship, the physician or other healthcare provider owes a clear and unequivocal duty to act in the patient’s best interest. In an IME, however, the provider also owes a duty to the party paying for the exam, whose interests are often adverse to those of the examinee. While this is not a standard physician-patient relationship, you still owe at least a limited duty of care to the examinee/patient. There are several circumstances that can transform an IME into a physician-patient relationship in which there may well be a conflict between your duty to your patient and that owed to the third party. And even in the absence of a provider-patient relationship, you still owe a duty to protect the examinee from harm.

Diplomate Engagement

Correct answers to the post-test

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Educational Objectives

Recognize circumstances in which an independent medical examination can create a physician-patient relationship
Know how to proceed if your IME reveals a condition that requires further treatment


Risk Management, Communication, IME


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Professionalism

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban

National Quality Strategies and/or Quadruple Aim Care Processes

Physician-Patient Relationship

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