Disciplining Practitioners for Off-Duty and/or COVID Misinformation Conduct

  • 06 Apr 2100
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As part of a regulator's mandate is to maintain the public's trust and confidence in the profession, regulators are faced with the challenge of how to govern practitioners' off-duty conduct. A particularly timely and critical question is whether regulators can and should discipline practitioners for off-duty (or on-duty) conduct that results in the spread of misinformation or disinformation about the COVID-19 public health crisis. This webinar will address the legal perspective of disciplining off-duty conduct, a statement by the Federation of State Medical Boards about disciplining physicians who generate and spread COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and disinformation, and some specific case examples where practitioners have been disciplined for conduct that poses a risk to patients and public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Originally presented October 2021


Robin McKechney, counsel, McCarthy Tetrault, Ontario

David Abrahams, Senior Policy Lawyer, Legislation & Policy – Professional Regulation, Nursing and Midwifery Council, UK

Katie Templeton, board member and chair of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee, Federation of State Medical Boards

Ronne Hines, Director, Division of Professions and Occupations, Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.

Mark Steinagel, Division Director, Utah Department of Commerce

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