Chicago Med: Can doctors actually date patients?

"Be The Change You Want To See" Episode 703 -- Pictured: Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)
"Be The Change You Want To See" Episode 703 -- Pictured: Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

While Chicago Med at its core is a medical drama focusing on the patients and the doctors tasked with helping to treat them, no scripted series is complete without its share of personal drama… and the men and women of Chicago Med definitely are known for having complicated personal lives.

Over the years, we’ve seen the doctors and nurses on the show tested in many ways often times when it comes to health care ethics and the means they should take to help their patients, even when they might not want the help they need.

Typically, when a doctor’s ethics have been questioned it’s been due to the actions they’ve taken in treating a patient and the protocols they’ve followed for doing so. However, season 7 has created an interesting new dilemma for Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) in the form of sparks flying between the newly single doctor and one of his current patients.

Can doctors date their patients in real life?

In Chicago Med season 7, episode 7, “A Square Peg in a Round Hole,” Crockett’s current patient Avery Quinn (Johanna Braddy) made a pass at Crockett when she asked him to join her for drinks an offer he declined in viewing it as a date.

As Crockett informed Avery, it wouldn’t be appropriate for him to date a patient which sounds about right but the plotline has led many to question whether it’s permissible at all for a doctor and patient to date.

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According to the American Medical Association, doctors can date their patients; however, a physician must “terminate the patient-physician relationship before initiating a dating, romantic, or sexual relationship with a patient.” In other words, doctors and patients are permitted to date but only after the doctor has terminated their patient-physician relationship.

So if Crockett were interested in pursuing a relationship with Avery, he would first need to terminate their patient-physician relationship and refer her to another doctor for future check-ups and treatments.

Will Crockett and Avery get together on Chicago Med?

At this time, it’s hard to tell whether the writers will be putting Crockett and Avery together but the odds do seem to be in the couple’s favor.

The fact that the writers have already found a way to work in some flirtation between the pair seems to suggest the pair might choose to act upon their attraction for one another and get to know one another on a more personal level.

Should Crockett and Avery begin seeing one another romantically, it would also add another layer to Crockett’s current storyline considering Avery is the daughter of his newest mentor, Dr. Pamela Blake (Sarah Rafferty). Now that’s a storyline we can’t see the writers choosing to pass over.

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