The Oregon Medical Board recognizes that the practice of medicine entails a unique relationship between physician and patient. The patient's trust and confidence in a physician's professional status grants power and influence to the physician.
Licensees are expected to maintain a professional manner and to avoid behaviors that may be misunderstood by or considered offensive by the patient. Sexual contact of suggestion of any sort within a professional relationship, or any such contact outside the physician-patient relationship that exploits the patient's trust and confidence, is unethical.
- Adopted 1995