So, while the Code does not specifically state that dating a patient is unethical, it does raise some questions to consider.The ADA ethics hotline is an easy, confidential way for ADA members to get some advice on next steps when navigating an ethical dilemma. Instead it provides a fresh perspective through a consultation with a member of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs (CEBJA.) To access this ADA member benefit, call the toll-free number on your ADA member card and request the ethics hotline.
Participating in social networking and other similar Internet opportunities can support physicians’ personal expression, enable individual physicians to have a professional presence online, foster collegiality and camaraderie within the profession, provide opportunity to widely disseminate public health messages and other health communication.(c) If they interact with patients on the Internet, physicians must maintain appropriate boundaries of the patient-physician relationship in accordance with professional ethical guidelines, just as they would in any other context.(d) To maintain appropriate professional boundaries physicians should consider separating personal and professional content online.After confirming your membership, you’ll be transferred to a voicemail system and asked to provide some information about your issue.You’ll receive a personal telephone call from a member of CEBJA.
This dentist will then discuss the application of the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct to your situation.