The New York State Department of Health’s Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) or Office of Professional Discipline (OPD) may have penalized you for findings of sexual misconduct, substance abuse, billing fraud, or any other behavior or action it deems to be medical misconduct. Since then, you may have taken personal initiatives to rectify your mistake and potentially restore your medical license. But ultimately, your ability to practice medicine once again boils down to the judgment made at your scheduled hearing with the Department of Education. Continue reading to learn some tips to prepare for your hearing and how one of the experienced OPMC/OPD misconduct defense lawyers at Walker Medical Law can work to improve your chances of restoring your medical license.
To better my chances at medical license restoration, what are tips to follow for my Department of Education hearing?
Understandably so, your quickly approaching Department of Education hearing may be quite nerve-wracking. But it helps if you walk in prepared. Without further ado, to better your chances at a medical license restoration, it may be in your best interest to follow the below tips:
- You must prepare good and truthful answers to the questions likely posed by the Department of Education Board.
- You must prepare a sincere statement regarding your remorse for your mistake and your promise for it to never be repeated.
- You must prepare proof that you have attended continuing medical education events even during the time in which your license was revoked.
- You must prepare proof that you have made sufficient progress in rectifying your mistake (i.e., if you were found guilty of a substance abuse issue, you must prepare proof that you have attended treatment programs).
With all things considered, it should go without mentioning that you should consult with a lawyer beforehand. This is because, while this may be your first Department of Education hearing, a lawyer has likely represented clients in this type of hearing for years.
What timeline do I have to follow for a medical license restoration?
You must understand that you cannot schedule your Department of Education hearing straight away. That is, to even apply for a hearing, you must wait at least three years from the date on which the OPMC/OPD revoked your medical license. Further, once you submit your application, you may have to wait an additional six months to one year before having your hearing scheduled. That said, a constructive way to use this time is to properly prepare for your future hearing, in the way of preparing answers and statements, attending programs, etc.
In conclusion, you require the services of a skilled OPMC/OPD misconduct defense lawyer before you enter your hearing. So please schedule an initial consultation with us at Walker Medical Law today.