Defending Your Medical License from Possible Suspension or Revocation

The authority of granting of medical licensure and the task of assuring the administration of quality health care in the United States is placed under the jurisdiction of each state’s medical licensing board. These licensing boards, in turn, are subject under the each state’s administrative procedure act, a stipulation in the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the same amendment that authorizes each state to enact laws that will ensure the protection of its residents, including their safety, health and general welfare.

Aside from determining if an applicant for licensure is competent enough to start treatment of patients, which is the basis of granting a medical license, the medical licensing board also takes on other responsibilities, including investigation and review of cases of malpractice or unprofessional conduct filed against physicians, disciplining those found guilty of violating the board’s policies and suspending, revoking or holding in probation issued license, if necessary.

The medical profession requires years of rigorous studies, postgraduate training and a passing mark in the national medical licensing exam. Completion of all educational and training programs is not the end of the hurdle, however, as candidates will still need go through the state’s medical board, which will first test and determine their competency before granting them the license that will enable them to practice their medical profession. And once license is acquired, the licensed physician is faced with another and an even more demanding challenge – ensuring a faultless health care practice.

Despite their intensive training, many physicians end up committing medical malpractice and other acts of incompetency, through the course of their medical profession. Some of these acts are poor standard of care, sexual boundary violations and wrong or delayed diagnosis and treatment. Due to these, many have suffered suspension of license, temporarily stopping them to practice their profession which they promised to uphold and which is also their primary source of livelihood.

Though some physicians may actually be guilty of the accusation filed against them, the Leichter Law Firm says that a good medical license lawyer, who is devoted to the legal representation of physicians, medical professionals (i.e. nurses, pharmacists, and dentists) in administrative licensing and healthcare matters in both state and federal disputes, regulatory inquiries and investigations, criminal defense and healthcare related transactions, may earn for them the least punishment from the state medical board. In most occasions, being defended by a lawyer, whose knowledge of the state’s health laws and the board’s stipulations is exceptional, is the best guarantee to save your license from being totally revoked or suspended indefinitely.