The CPSA Code of Conduct clarifies the College’s expectations for Alberta’s physicians in all stages of their careers, in all facets of medicine, and in all methods of care delivery.
The Code is consistent with the Canadian Medical Association’s Code of Ethics and complements the CPSA’s Standards of Practice. Alberta Physicians are expected to know and abide by these rules; any breach of professional behavior will be judged against all three of these foundation documents.
While the Code outlines expectations regarding professional behavior, the College will consider the following when inappropriate behavior occurs:
- The well-being of the physician
- Systemic issues within the health care system.
- Note: Although these stressors must be identified and considered, they cannot be used as an excuse for inappropriate behavior.
The CPSA Code of Conduct is the product of collaboration between the College and other key groups and a comprehensive consultation incorporating feedback received from physicians and other interested parties.