What does the OPMC consider impairment?

When a medical professional receives a complaint from the Office of Professional Medical Conduct, they are facing a long road ahead to try and keep their medical license. In many situations, the person is being investigated due to something that can classify them as having an impairment.

There are more than one types of impairment and they can be physical or mental. When it comes to impairment, if you are still trying to practice but are physically or mentally unfit to do so, you are putting patients in danger. The OPMC will have to determine whether it is safe for you to continue practicing. If you are considered impaired because of a substance abuse issue, it is crucial that you take the necessary steps to overcome the addiction. It is important that you are honest with yourself and the OPMC about your substance abuse issue. If you are truly working on overcoming the substance abuse problems and are actively working towards rehabilitation, the OPMC will see that you are trying and give you more consideration if you reapply for you medical license. On the other hand, if you are dishonest about your substance abuse issues to the OPMC, they will not want to consider you for reapplication.

If you have been in an accident that has injured you physically or mentally and it is a permanent issue, you may have a hard time keeping your license because the OPMC doesn’t want any patients put in harm’s way.

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