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Code of Ethics

  1. The conduct of a practitioner of podiatric medicine shall at all times be credible to the profession.
  2. Podiatric physicians should strive continually to improve their knowledge and skill, and should make available to their patients and colleagues the benefits of their professional attainment.
  3. A podiatric physician should not tender or receive a commission for referral of a patient whether in relation to another podiatric physician or a third party without disclosing to the patient the fact that a commission was tendered or received.
  4.  The confidence and knowledge which podiatric physicians receive, through their professional attendance upon patients, should be guarded with the most scrupulous care.
  5. The podiatric physician has the obligation of not referring disparagingly in the presence of a patient to the services of another podiatric physician or to those of members of other health professions.  A lack of knowledge of conditions under which the services were afforded may lead to unjust criticism and to a lessening of patient’s confidence.
  6. A podiatric physician should seek consultation upon request, in doubtful or difficult cases, or whenever it appears that the quality of podiatric medical service would be enhanced thereby.
  7. Every profession has the responsibility to regulate itself, to determine and judge its own members.  Such regulation is achieved largely through the influence of professional societies, and every podiatric physician is encouraged to become a part of a professional society and required to observe the Code of Professional  Ethics.
  8. A podiatric physician shall not engage in false, deceptive, or misleading advertising or other representations.
  9. A podiatric physician is encouraged to participate in programs of health education of the public, provided, however, that a podiatrist shall not promote the use of procedures, devices, etc., which have not been approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association as long as it is acceptable to the podiatric medical profession in general..
  10. The podiatriic physician has the obligation of prescribing and supervising the work of all auxiliary personnel in the interest of rendering the best service to the patient.

Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine
 2 Margeaux Court
 Little Rock, AR 72223

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