If you've come under fire in Pennsylvania and are at risk for losing your physician's license, you may be feeling nervous about the process you're about to enter. In this state, all medical licensing hearings are held in Harrisburg, a metropolitan area in Susquehanna Valley. Whether you live near there or will be traveling from across the state, in either case it would likely be less stressful if you did not go it alone.
Everyone makes mistakes. Even though medical professionals must often meet a higher standard than most people because they can literally hold people's lives in their hands, they too, make mistakes. The stresses of the job could easily lead to the misuse of drugs or alcohol to cope.
Pennsylvania doctors keep a lot of records regarding patient care and treatments for adverse health conditions. If a patient requests a copy of his or her medical records and then claims that what's written is not what actually transpired, it could create a medical licensing problem for the doctor. This is one of the accusations that's been asserted against a doctor in another state, whose license has now been suspended.
Somewhere in Pennsylvania, there are likely doctors who are battling secret drug addictions. Studies show doctors are definitely not immune to addiction, and, in fact, they develop addictions at the same rate as those outside the medical profession. However, doctors apparently do not seek help to overcome their addictions as often as other people, perhaps because they fear medical licensing problems if they do.
Investigators in a state adjacent to Pennsylvania have been working for years to solve a murder. A woman who was married to an endocrinologist, and was also a popular radio show host in her own right, was slain. Recently, the woman's husband found himself facing a criminal investigation and medical licensing issues after police showed up at his office.
Doctors in Pennsylvania, like many others throughout the nation, often carry licenses to practice medicine in multiple states. If a situation develops where disciplinary action takes place that affects a doctor's license in a particular state, it doesn't necessarily mean the same doctor can't continue to practice medicine in whatever other states he or she holds a license. There are various reasons a doctor's medical licensing may be called into question. For one woman, a problem stemmed from reported complaints against her.
There are many situations that can threaten a Pennsylvania doctor's professional license. One of them is being arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. In fact, a doctor in another state is preparing a medical license defense due to a similar situation that occurred last year.
What do physician assistants, doctors, and athletic trainers have in common? The Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine regulates the licensure, registration and certification of each of these professionals. The Board also responds to complaints and may take disciplinary action, such as suspending a health care worker’s professional license.
In an increasingly mobile and technological society, modern medicine follows suit. For example, a medical doctor may be licensed in multiple states. Although doctors have private lives, the reaches of social media are broad, possibly encroaching on those boundaries. These realities may also raise novel professional license concerns.
Like other licensed health professionals, nurses are subject to oversight by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. The Bureau has 29 professional licensing boards, commissions or other entity forms with the authority to suspend or take other disciplinary actions against licensed workers. For nurses, the entity is the PA Board of Nursing.