How Do You Defend Yourself From Misconduct as a Doctor

If you’re charged with misconduct after an interview, you are going to a hearing with a capital “H.” That is really like a criminal trial, where there’s an administrative law judge and a panel of three people who are going to make a decision as to what, if anything, should happen to you regarding your license. There will be a prosecuting attorney, and I or some other attorney will be there to try to help you. You have to understand that you might lose your license here.

One of the things you try to do is try to negotiate a settlement with either OPMC or OPD if you can. Sometimes you can’t, and therefore you have to go ahead and try the case. If you do so, you have to be ready to defend what you did. If you did something wrong that can’t be defended, you have to be ready to admit it, and say that you’ve taken steps and measures so that it will not happen again. You also have to present evidence through other people who know you who will come and testify, either to your moral character or to your professional abilities. This is important. As a matter of fact, it’s almost the most important thing in your life, because it impacts directly on your medical license.

This informational blog post was brought to you by Paul E. Walker, an experienced New York City OPMC & OPD Lawyer.