June’s Grand Rounds – Stranger than Fiction: Sexual Harassment in Health Care

June 7, 2022 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)

Sexual misconduct and harassment always seem to be a hot topic in the news, embarrassing public figures and derailing the careers of some of the best and brightest. Depending on the context, such conduct can be more than embarrassing, it can be unlawful. Awareness of the legal and practical risks created by sexual misconduct and harassment has caused many hospitals, physician groups, and other employers to develop a professionalism policy to address this kind of conduct.

In an attempt to educate, many hospitals and physician groups have also incorporated the topic of sexual misconduct and harassment in their orientation process. But we continue to hear example after example of conduct, in the health care arena, that would make most reasonable people shake their heads in disbelief. And as bad as it is to hear about the misconduct, we live in a time when text messaging, Facebook and Twitter almost guarantee that there will be a written record of the misconduct for all to see.

The key for hospital and physician groups is not to assume sexual misconduct and harassment can be handled just by having a policy on paper. If you haven’t revisited your policy and reeducated your staff about your commitment to providing a work environment where professional, appropriate behavior is expected and sexual harassment is not tolerated, now is the time to do so. Not only are lawsuits by employees for sexual harassment (and retaliation) a real risk, but like other forms of disruptive behavior, sexual misconduct and harassment can adversely affect employee morale, and ultimately patient safety.

Learning Objectives

  • Review legal standards pertaining to an employer’s obligation to provide a work environment free from sexual harassment
  • Evaluate “best practices” to encourage reporting of sexual misconduct and harassment and protect against retaliation
  • Develop strategies to “eradicate sexual harassment” in the workplace

Education Credit

Instructions on how to obtain your Continuing Education certificate for audio conferences will be e-mailed to the contact person for your organization at the conclusion of this audio conference.

Category 1 CME

Joint Provider Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and HortySpringer Seminars.  The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

NAMSS Continuing Education Credit

This course has been approved for National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) continuing education credit and NAMSS hereby awards 1.0 NAMSS continuing education credits for participation in this activity.  Accreditation of this educational content in no way implies endorsement or sponsorship by NAMSS.

About Grand Rounds

Designed for even the busiest hospital and medical staff leaders, registration for the year-long series is a quick and inexpensive way for Medical Staff Officers, members of the Medical Executive Committee, Department Chairs, Chairs of the Credentials and Peer Review Committees, and the Chairs of other key Medical Staff committees to have access to the most up-to-date health care information at their fingertips while obtaining valuable CME credits as well.

  • The audio conference series consists of twelve audio conferences spread over the course of the year (one AC/month)
  • Each audio conference is offered the first Tuesday of each month from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).
  • Registration includes an MP3 containing the audio conference at no additional charge following each conference.
  • CME credit issued for live conference participation only.

HortySpringer Audio Conference Disclaimer

The information presented during an audio conference and any supplementary materials provided to registrants are intended for educational and informational purposes only. Nothing contained therein is to be considered as the rendering of legal advice for specific cases or circumstances.

No one should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information presented during an audio conference without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a lawyer practicing as permitted by applicable laws, regulations or rules of professional conduct. No attorney-client relationship is formed by registration for an audio conference or the use of the supplementary materials.


To help your staff and medical professionals adhere to social distancing guidelines, we will waive the extra line fee for up to 3 additional lines so others in your organization are able to safely listen from their home or office.

Audio Conferences/Grand Rounds Registration: $250 and includes:

      • 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit*
      • 1.0 NAMSS continuing education credit*
      • One MP3 recording to share with your staff throughout the year.
      • Three phones lines. You may purchase additional lines for $50/line, per audio conference.

Can’t make the live audio conference? No problem! We offer single MP3 recordings for $250/each (Separate MP3 purchase does not qualify for CME credits. CMEs will only be given for live participation the day of the AC).

*Not all audio conferences will be approved for continuing medical education credits.

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