SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Hi all, I have an ethical question. A doctor I know became friends with a person that was their patient. They are just friends, but they are of opposite sex and have get togethers alone sometimes, just the two of them. This friend/patient is still being treated by the doctor. The doctor is wondering if the patient should pick another doctor. What do you guys think about this? Is it OK to become friends with your patients outside of the medical setting? I know its absolutely not OK to date patients, but don't we also need to worry about CYA (cover your @ss?), meaning that outside parties could construe the situation I just described as "dating". I would think that a FP in a small town would find it impossible not to be friends with his/her patients as there is no other choice. This seems like a fine line. Is it alright to "meet" and make friends with the patients in your practice, or not?