If you are facing discipline from the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC), then you may be wondering how this may affect your reputation with your current patients and employer. With this, you must also worry about how this discrepancy will follow you throughout the rest of your career. This is because the OPMC may make this public information. Continue reading to learn what is public information regarding your OPMC discipline and how an attorney experienced in OPMC/OPD misconduct defense at Walker Medical Law can support you.
Can patients and future employers find out if I have OPMC discipline against me?
Say, for instance, that a potential patient is interested in your going to you for medical care. Or say, for instance, that a potential employer is interested in hiring you. In both of these circumstances, they may feel inclined to research you before making their final decision. This is when your OPMC discipline may come to their attention.
In short, upon a physician search on the OPMC website, a potential patient or employer may find out about your professional misconduct complaints. However, those that did not result in a disciplinary action will remain confidential. In addition, medical malpractice lawsuits are not available via the OPMC website but via a County Clerk’s office or local court system.
What is public information about my OPMC discipline?
As insinuated above, a physician search will show a potential patient or employer the professional misconduct charges that you are facing by the OPMC. With this, they will also gain access to information regarding the following:
- A potential patient or employer can access information regarding what decision was made by the hearing committee regarding the professional misconduct complaint.
- A potential patient or employer can access information regarding how you were penalized by the OPMC for your professional misconduct conviction.
- A potential patient or employer can access information regarding whether any appeals have taken place for your professional misconduct conviction.
Even if your license has since been restored, or even if you maintained your license but got fired, it may pose a difficulty to redeem yourself. That is, this discrepancy will likely have potential patients or employers steer clear of giving you a second chance.
Our firm understands just how permanent the effects of an OPMC discipline can be on your career. So, if you have a complaint filed against you to the OPMC, it is important that you immediately react before it is out of your control. We suggest that you retain the services of a skilled healthcare misconduct defense attorney as soon as possible.