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    Establishing Standardized Processes for Professional Ethics and Disciplinary Programs


    10/7/19 | 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM time


    Stephen Fletcher, American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (Alexandria, USA)

    Session format
    Basic Instructional Course
    Room 401, Conference Center
    Target audience
    Congress registrants only
    Session Chair

    Stephen Fletcher



    A Description of the Professional Discipline program administered by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics

    O&P organizations should have legally defensible disciplinary rules and procedures when determining the validity of claims of unethical conduct by their credential holders/members. The procedures must provide for due process and transparent communications between parties. Common mistakes include failure to follow an organization’s own rules and procedures, poor communication with certificants/members, failure to conduct comprehensive and timely investigations, failure to follow past precedent, breaches of confidentiality and a lack of oversight of the ethics committee. Establishing a clear, fair and legally defensible ethical disciplinary structure is critical to the integrity of the O&P profession. Patients and referral sources expect accountability and a predictable process when there is a question of unethical behavior. This course will discuss best practices and give examples of the US professional discipline program.

    Statement of the objective / learning objectives

    Participants will learn the importance to O&P governing entities of establishing a consistent, fair and defensible ethical disciplinary process. Due process and transparency are critical for the profession and these concepts will be described.

    Simultaneous Interpretation


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