New national guidelines take a hard-line stance on doctor sex abuse

ATLANTA — On a unanimous vote, the Federation of State Medical Boards has approved a massive overhaul of its guidelines for disciplining physicians who sexually exploit patients, advising medical boards across the country to consider the terrible impact on victims and to stop shielding doctors from consequences.The changes were prompted by groundbreaking investigative journalism that exposed the extent of the problem nationwide, more victims speaking out and the societal impact of #MeToo. In a Zoom meeting Saturday, the federation’s house of delegates voted to adopt a strongly worded, 30-page ...


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