There are many reasons a medical professional may lose their license to practice. Some issues may include substance abuse, malpractice, sexual misconduct, billing fraud, felony convictions, and more. When a license is revoked, there is a procedure set in place for a physician to attempt to have it reinstated. It is important that a physician has legal representation while facing every step of license revocation to when it is reinstated.
Applying for Restoration
A physician must apply to have their medical license reinstated after it is revoked. In this application, the physician must address three main things: their remorse, rehabilitation, and reeducation. One of the most important factors in reinstating a license is proving that you are truly sorry for participating in the act that caused you to lose your license. Proving remorse may be done through community service or volunteer work.
Another part of restoring a license is showing all rehabilitation activities. This includes any programs or counseling pertaining to your issue that you took part in during the loss of your license. Physicians must also address participation in Continued Medical Education (CME). It is required that physicians provide proof of attending CME courses up until their hearing.
During the hearing, the physician is required to show the burden of proof. This is evidence that confirms they have participated in activities during the loss of their license that proves they are worthy of having the license reinstated. The hearing itself consists of several panel members that question you on anything from the act that caused you to lose your license to the process of rehabilitating yourself. Two questions a physician must be able to answer are why you should be reinstated and what you will do if you are reinstated.
Physicians are able to have witnesses testify on their behalf during the hearing. Witnesses may be professionals who may attest to your medical capabilities. They may also include character witnesses that testify to how you have changed for the better since losing your license.
It is important that during the hearing, you take responsibility for your actions and own up to what you did wrong. The panel must also see that you have taken the necessary steps to ensure there will be no future problems should you be granted your license back.
What Happens After the Hearing?
When the hearing is over, the Board will come to a conclusion and make a recommendation for the physician’s license status. This recommendation is sent to the physician as well as the Committee on the Professions. It is there that your application for restoring your license will be properly considered.
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