FAQ - Physicians
What is the Board's Position on a Physician Having a Sexual Relationship With a Patient?
The Code of Medical Ethics of the American Medical Association (2008-2009 Edition) states that, “Sexual contact that occurs concurrent with the patient-physician relationship constitutes sexual misconduct. Sexual or romantic interactions between physicians and patients detract from the goals of the physician-patient relationship, may exploit the vulnerability of the patient, may obscure the physician’s objective judgment concerning the patient’s healthcare, and ultimately may be detrimental to the patient’s well being." In addition, New Hampshire Statues Criminal Code (632-A:2 I (g) states: “A person is guilty of the felony of aggravated felonious sexual assault if such person engages in sexual penetration with another person under any of the following circumstances: When the actor provides therapy, medical treatment or examination of the victim and in the course of that therapeutic or treating relationship or within one year of termination of that therapeutic or treating relationship.”