How to Apply for the Restoration of Your Professional License in New York State

If you are a physician and have had your medical license revoked, you can attempt to have your license restored. If you are required to fight for your livelihood, then there is no time to wait. You must speak with an experienced attorney and read more about what it takes to try and restore your medical license.

What are some of the reasons a doctor may have his or her medical license revoked?

A doctor may have his or her medical license revoked for many reasons. Being a doctor is potentially the most up-close-and-personal job there is. As a doctor, people are trusting you with their bodies, so it is important you do not break that trust. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you already broke that promise once, so keep in mind that it will not be easy to have your license restored. You may have your license revoked if you:

  • Had a drug or alcohol problem
  • Were incompetent or negligent
  • Performed sexual misconduct
  • Engaged in fraud
  • Were convicted of a felony

How do you apply to restore your medical license?

There are three areas you must address from the very beginning of your Application for Restoration of a Professional License: remorse, rehabilitation, and reeducation. In your application, you must address Part G: Professional Rehabilitation Activities. This form requires you to list everything you have done in your rehabilitation process. You must explain why you now deserve the restoration of your license, and that you have learned from your mistakes. Consider your language carefully, as your words may be used against you during your Restoration Hearing. Take full responsibility for your actions, and if a drug treatment program is necessary, attend–and be sure you do so before your court date so you can demonstrate you are keeping up with your recovery. Community service also helps your restoration case. Just be sure you have documentation on the letterhead of the entity, certifying you have done the work. You will also have to address your Continued Medical Education, or CME. You must prove you are up-to-date on all the newest medical innovations and that you have attended CME courses up until the time of your hearing.

What will they ask you at your hearing?

There are two fundamental questions they will ask you, and your answer will have a huge impact on their decision. The first is, “Why should you be reinstated?” The second is, “What will you do if you are reinstated?” In your answers, you should make it clear that you are passionate about your line of work, have grown as a human, learned from your mistakes, and have a desire to be a contributing member within your community.

What happens after the hearing?

After the hearing, the Board will make a recommendation which will be sent to you and your attorney. The recommendation will also go to the Committee of the Professions, which is where your Application for Restoration will be formally considered.

Contact an experienced New York lawyer

When a medical professional is accused of misconduct, it is essential that they retain strong legal representation. If you require a medical law attorney for your legal matters, call Paul E. Walker, an experienced New York City OPMC & OPD Lawyer. Please contact the Walker Medical Law firm to set up a free initial consultation.