Being a physician is a stressful job. Though you may only want to help people who are experiencing health issues, you know that your job involves much more than that. You need to ensure that you uphold your oaths, act in ethical and moral ways, and do not carry out actions that the medical board would not approve.
Of course, it is difficult to maintain a spotless record in any profession, and you may have received a patient complaint or other issue that has resulted in your coming under investigation by the Medical Board of California. If so, you may understandably have concerns about your medical license and possible consequences against it.
Unfortunately, a number of actions and reasons could result in the medical board deciding to suspend your medical license. Some of those reasons include the following:
- Criminal charges
- Professional incompetence
- Bad character
- Gross negligence
- Practicing medicine beyond the authority of the medical license
Of course, state law has more specific reasons for medical license suspension. If issues arise with your license, the medical board will investigate and determine the proper course of action. Medical board hearings differ from typical criminal or civil hearings, and understanding these differences could help you prepare for any hearing you may need to attend.
Defending your license
Fortunately, you have the opportunity to defend against the suspension of your license. You may have various options for defense open to you, depending on the exact circumstances of your case. It is important to go into these proceedings with the right information and assistance in hopes of putting your best foot forward. It is also important to remember that, if you do face a medical license suspension, or even a revocation, it does not mean it is the end of your career.
You may be able to have a suspension lifted or go about finding relief from penalties brought forth by the medical board. Certain qualifications apply when trying to reinstate a suspended or revoked license, so it is important that you understand those stipulations. Whether defending against allegations of misconduct or other issues that could negatively affect your license, or trying to have your license reinstated, working with an attorney experienced in professional licensing may prove helpful to you.