She then asked me if I was interested in having a relationship with her.
I told her that I had no interest in her or in any of my patients outside of the professional doctor-patient relationship.
Four months later she returned to the clinic with a sore throat and was seen by one of my partners.
It is likely that all physicians, regardless of training, would recognize that this case scenario deals with a seductive patient.
She alluded to a difficult marriage and imminent divorce, and said that she was “looking for someone else” to provide for her and her 7-year-old son.
She pointed to my wedding ring and said that she had not noticed it before.
As a result, subsequent treatment may be compromised.
In addition, a large body of literature suggests that when physicians become intimate with their patients, the patients often suffer significant and lasting emotional harm.
Furthermore, many physicians recall little specific training about the appropriate boundaries to maintain with patients.
A 44-year-old woman who was new to my clinic presented for a routine annual checkup with breast and pelvic examinations.
As usual, I performed the examination with my female medical assistant present.
The patient requested a prescription for an oral contraceptive and was offered testing, including blood work and mammography.
One month later the patient returned and stated, “I just had to see you again.” During the office visit, she made little eye contact with me.