When somebody files a complaint against a medical professional in New York State, both the person who made the complaint and the medical professional who has been complained about will be interviewed. In addition, the Office of Professional Discipline will also have to conduct interviews with the coworkers, peers, patients, and others who have contact with the person in question. Of course, this all depends on what the infraction or the complaint was that was filed against the medical professional.
These interviews are very important because they give the Office of Professional Discipline a better understanding of the validity of these complaints or claims. It is important to be truthful when you are interviewed, whether you are the doctor or nurse in question, the person who filed the complaint, or a patient or colleague of the medical professional. These interviews can reveal the truth behind the claims and if misconduct is found, the doctor/nurse/medical professional may lose their license, which can ruin the career they worked so hard for.
In the event that your actions and ethics are questioned by the Office of Professional Discipline, you should seriously consider retaining the services of an experienced medical law attorney who can assess your case. Doing everything you can to protect your career is crucial. You may be in jeopardy of losing your license to practice for a minimum of three years, or even permanently. It is important to take action as soon as you receive a letter from the Office of Professional Discipline so an attorney can help prepare you for the interviews and the hearing you may face.