Medical Residents Facing Medical Licensing Board Issues

Medical residents are in a critical transitional phase, from medical student studies into the medical profession as licensed professionals. Medical residents have challenging clinical rotations and medical board examinations to complete. They also have legitimate concerns over where they will practice medicine and through what employment arrangement. However, medical licensure by a state medical licensing board also lurks behind those other pressing issues. You won't practice medicine without a license. And stumbles during your medical education and residency, or in the license application process, can cause professional licensing issues, even leading to the denial of a license. Retain the Lento Law Firm's premier Professional License Defense Team if you are a medical resident facing professional licensing issues. Call 888.535.3686 or complete this contact form now. 

The Medical Licensing Process 

Getting into and through your medical school program, matching for a residency program, and successfully completing that program aren't your only challenges for entering the medical profession. When you choose a state in which to practice medicine, you must also meet the state medical board's licensure requirements. State administrative agencies like New York's Office of the Professions have elaborate license application processes requiring that you accurately and comprehensively represent your pre-professional education, professional education, and clinical training with appropriate verification. You won't get a medical license without completing the application and verification process. State medical boards design those processes to ensure not only that you successfully completed the education, training, and examination that your application represents but also that you did so with the good character and fitness that safe and competent medical practice requires. Let our highly qualified attorneys help if you are already facing issues with your medical licensing board application. 

State Medical Board Authority 

State medical boards have the authority to prevent you from practicing medicine. As a medical resident, you must gain your medical license from the state medical board where you expect to practice medicine, if you intend to continue your career as a practicing physician. State legislatures adopt statutes that not only authorize the state medical board, like the Florida Board of Medicine, to license physicians but also prohibit the practice of medicine without a license. The medical board also authorizes the adoption of rules and regulations for approving or denying licenses. Practicing without a license can even constitute a crime in some states, like Florida. You need your medical license to practice. Don't let medical school or medical residency issues keep you from getting that license. Let our attorneys help you at the first sign of medical licensing trouble. 

Employment Stakes of Medical Resident Licensure  

To be entirely clear, when a medical resident faces a licensing matter, you have everything at stake for which you have studied and worked in your medical education. If you fail to overcome your medical licensing issue with the state board from which you seek licensure, other state boards to which you apply, both within the medical profession and in related fields, may require that you disclose your license denial. Depending on the grounds for your license denial, you may not be able to get a professional license in any state or in any related healthcare profession. While physicians who no longer practice medicine sometimes work in related healthcare positions, such as hospital or medical administration, those other positions may require a license. Even if they do not require a license, they may require that you disclose your license denial or loss and may use that denial or loss as an indication that you lack the fitness, good character, or competence for their non-practice position. 

Collateral Stakes of Resident Licensing Issues 

Medical residents facing licensing issues also have substantial collateral stakes. The collateral consequences of medical resident licensing issues can be just as daunting and damaging as the employment issues. Your medical career can depend on the trust and confidence that professional mentors, advisors, references, and recommenders have in you. Licensing issues can mean that you lose the support of your professional network, affecting not just employment but also post-graduate education, fellowships, appointments, and honors. You may not be able to serve on medical review boards, join medical societies, teach medicine, or obtain research appointments. Licensing issues can also affect your broader personal networks and community, including your relationships with friends and family members, and your standing or participation in voluntary organizations. Don't let it all slip away. Get our highly qualified help addressing the licensing issues early, up front, and effectively. 

Medical School Issues Affecting Licensing 

Any number of issues occurring in medical school or in your medical residency can affect your ability to obtain a medical license. Your medical school record may make it harder or even impossible to obtain a medical license, unless you can demonstrate to the state medical board that you have resolved those issues appropriately. As a medical resident, you are already well on your way toward entering the medical profession. However, issues that arose in your medical schooling may still affect your ultimate licensure. Keeping your school record clear and clean of any discipline, and resolving as favorably as possible any disciplinary issues, may mean the difference between gaining a license or not gaining a license. Medical school issues could also substantially delay your licensure, costing your employment or other professional opportunities, even if you ultimately gain a license. Don't leave those medical school issues lingering in ways that may affect your license application. Get our help resolving them. 

Medical Resident Academic Misconduct Issues 

Medical residents may face licensing issues because of academic misconduct issues in their medical studies or residency. Medical schools like the University of Virginia School of Medicine maintain codes of conduct that require students and residents to show academic integrity. Cheating on exams, plagiarizing research work, or even misrepresenting clinical hours can all lead to disciplinary charges before the school's academic misconduct board. If you suffer discipline for academic misconduct, your state licensing board may infer that you lack the good character for honesty that the medical profession requires in things like medical recordkeeping and medical billing. A medical licensing board could deny you a medical license over academic discipline in your medical studies or residency. Retain our attorneys' skilled defense representation if you face such charges or if your state medical licensing board is challenging your license application for academic misconduct. Don't let academic misconduct charges delay or disrupt your medical licensure. 

Medical Resident Behavioral Misconduct Issues 

Medical residents may also face licensing issues because of behavioral misconduct issues in their medical studies or residency. Medical students and residents, like those at the University of Texas, must also comply with behavioral standards governing things like drug and alcohol abuse, disruptive behavior, hazing, property theft, computer misuse, weapons possession, vandalism, and submitting false information to medical school officials. Behavioral misconduct charges and discipline can indicate to state medical licensing officials that the medical resident is a danger to patients or the public, an embarrassment to the profession, and an unfit or unqualified candidate for licensure. Let our highly qualified attorneys help if you face misconduct charges or have already suffered misconduct discipline and face a medical licensing board investigation. Don't let behavioral misconduct charges derail your medical licensure. 

Resolving Medical School Disciplinary Charges 

Resolving medical school disciplinary charges successfully, as recorded on your school record, can be critical to your success in obtaining your medical license from the state medical board. Losing medical school disciplinary charges can leave a school record of misconduct that state licensing officials will use to deny a license. Licensing applications generally require that you disclose not only any discipline you suffered but also any pending or unresolved charges or proceedings. Unresolved charges may lead the state medical board to open an investigation and make findings or draw inferences or presumptions of misconduct, resulting in the delay or denial of your license. Get our attorneys' help if you have pending or unresolved school charges, or you suffered discipline that your state medical board may use to delay or deny your medical license. Setting the record straight may be all you need to avoid a lengthy license investigation and the risk that you won't be able to obtain a license. 

Medical Residency Issues Affecting Licensing 

Medical school issues aren't the only problems medical residents can face when seeking their medical license from the state medical board in the state in which they intend to practice medicine. Medical residency issues can also interfere with medical board licensure. Medical residencies present their own set of challenges beyond the considerable challenges of the medical school program. You may have had a perfect medical school record, and you may also have done your best to meet every requirement of your medical residency. However, the challenges of a medical residency can lead to dismissal from the residency, non-renewal of your residency contract, and other disciplinary findings or proceedings, resulting in delay or denial of your state medical board license. Get our help if you are facing medical residency issues that threaten your medical license. 

Medical Resident Performance Issues 

Performance issues in your medical residency can lead to licensing delays or denials. You already know that your medical residency program must generally show that its graduates meet ACGME competency requirements. Your medical residency program will be documenting not only your successes but also any shortfalls in your residency performance. Performance issues in your medical residency may look to licensing officials like you lack the character, fitness, skill, and competence to practice medicine safely. Medical residents face performance issues for a variety of reasons, some within their own control but others beyond their control. Let us help you deal either with your medical school officials, medical residency officials, or licensing board officials, if you face one or more of the following medical residency performance issues threatening your medical licensure: 

  • charges of missed assignments, unexcused absences from assignments, or incomplete documentation of clinical hours, due to misunderstandings, scheduling errors, administrative mistakes, or other issues beyond your control, or due to your illness, injury, or other extenuating circumstances; 
  • charges of substandard care, medical errors, poor clinical judgment, mistaken diagnosis, malpractice, or other non-performance or inadequate performance, due to confusion over who provided the care, what care you provided or failed to provide, who was responsible for the patient, what your supervisors instructed, or other issues; and 
  • charges of inadequate knowledge of medical symptoms, conditions, disease processes, treatment options, preferred treatments, available equipment, recommended drugs, pharmaceutical properties, and side effects, or other necessary medical knowledge or the application of that knowledge, whether due to supervisor personality conflicts, misunderstandings, or misinformation. 

Medical Resident Professionalism Issues 

Medical residents also face professionalism or professional conduct issues. The ACGME core competencies include professionalism requirements. Professionalism requirements in medical residency programs can be among the most difficult to meet in part because of their ambiguity. Measures like sensitivity to patients and respect for colleagues can be very difficult for a medical resident to discern and define. Yet unskilled, insensitive, or even unfit and vindictive medical residency supervisors can use those vague professionalism standards to question a resident's fitness for practice. Personality conflicts with residency supervisors, clinical colleagues, or even subordinate nurses, aides, and hospital staff can lead to charges of unprofessionalism. False, exaggerated, or unfair patient complaints can do likewise. Let our defense attorneys help if you face medical residency or medical licensing board issues because of charges of unprofessionalism, including but not limited to any of the following: 

  • charges of patient abuse or neglect, from deluded patients, confused or angry family members of patients, staff who misconstrue your responsibility for the patient, or even staff with whom you have had a misunderstanding; 
  • charges of improper sexual, financial, personal, or other inappropriate relationships with patients, colleagues, supervisors, subordinates, or others in the residency workplace; 
  • charges of practicing while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or while impaired by prescription or illicit drugs, due to medication reactions, illness, fatigue, depression, or confusion over your demeanor; 
  • charges of mental or physical impairment limiting your ability to practice competently and safely, due to injury, illness, chronic or acute disease, or other temporary or chronic conditions; 
  • charges of disrespect or disobedience toward residency supervisors, disrespect for colleagues, or mistreatment of subordinates, due to personality conflicts, misidentification, or other circumstances; and 
  • charges of racially or sexually insensitive, discriminating, or harassing conduct toward patients, due to misunderstandings, patient confusion, or other circumstances. 

Well-Being Issues and Medical Resident Licensure 

The typical challenges to medical residents' well-being are often substantial contributing factors to licensing issues. The medical literature touts the unacceptably high rate of medical resident burnout. AMA Code of Medical Ethics opinions places the burden on the medical resident to ensure that the resident monitors the resident's own health and wellness. However, that expectation can be unreasonable when residency programs and supervisors demand long hours on rotating schedules under extreme stress. Fatigue, lack of sleep, poor exercise and nutrition, and other residency program stresses can lead to poor hygiene, dress, demeanor, conduct, and relationships, all increasing the likelihood of allegations of unprofessional, unfit, or incompetent practice. And life goes on, even for the medical resident. Other events in life, like illnesses or loss of a close or dependent family member, pregnancy, separation, divorce, financial issues, transportation issues, and housing issues, having nothing directly to do with your medical residency, can decrease your residency performance. Your well-being can affect your licensing issues.  

Well-Being Issues as Extenuating Circumstances 

Let our attorneys help you make the case for relief from your medical licensing issues due to your extenuating circumstances. Medical licensing officials can't just give struggling medical residents a pass. Medical licensing officials must protect patient and public safety, as well as their confidence in the medical profession. But medical licensing officials are also human. They recognize not only the stresses of a medical residency but also that you have invested a great deal in your medical education and that the public needs qualified physicians for medical services. To gain relief from your licensing issues, we may be able to show licensing officials that your issues were temporary, that you have addressed those issues through a sound remediation plan, and that you won't face those issues again, so that the officials can grant you a license while fulfilling their public protection duties. Your remediation plan may include: 

  • substance abuse evaluation, counseling, and treatment, equivalent to physician assistance programs nationwide, like Michigan's Health Professional Recovery Program; 
  • medical evaluation, treatment, medication, and recovery for contributing physical health issues; 
  • mental health evaluation, treatment, medication, and recovery for contributing mental health issues; 
  • diagnosis of mental or physical disabilities and their treatment or reasonable accommodation with equipment, alterations, and services;  
  • nutrition, diet, and exercise programs to improve mental and physical health and correct burnout issues; 
  • changes in dependent care, such as employment of a nanny, co-parent, grandparent, daycare provider, or other professional or facility, to lighten conflicting family duties; 
  • grief counseling, therapy, and recovery for the loss of a loved one, separation, divorce, or other adverse life event; 
  • financial education, training, counseling, and other relief for monetary issues affecting concentration and attention, and implicating housing, transportation, medical insurance and care, and other life needs; 
  • mentoring, coaching, education, counseling, and training for dress, hygiene, demeanor, and other professionalism issues; 
  • remedial medical education or training for perceived or alleged gaps in medical knowledge or clinical skill; and 
  • reassignment of supervisors or changes in residency program location to address lack of supervision or supervisory skills, personality conflicts, and other irregularities in interpersonal issues. 

Substance Abuse in Medical Residency Programs 

Substance abuse issues are a common contributing factor to licensing issues for medical residents. You can see from the above discussion of medical school and medical resident conduct codes, and medical licensing standards, that impaired medical practice while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a real and substantial concern for licensing officials. The National Institutes of Health publish studies showing that physicians, medical residents, and medical students abuse drugs and alcohol at higher rates than the general population. No doubt, the high-stakes stress of medical practice is a contributing factor. So, too, is physician and medical resident access to controlled substances. However, state medical boards recognize a medical resident and physician's substance abuse challenge. State medical boards generally recognize some form of recovery program as an alternative to discipline in appropriate cases, such as the Arizona Medical Board's Monitored Aftercare Program (MAP). Do not enroll in such a program without first consulting our attorneys. Program requirements may prevent you from continuing in your medical residency and may ultimately prevent you from getting a medical license. Let us help you choose an appropriate avenue for the help you need while best addressing your licensing issue. 

Sexual Misconduct in Medical Residency Programs 

Sexual misconduct can be another daunting licensing issue for medical residents. Your medical school very likely had a sexual misconduct policy meeting federal Title IX requirements, like the Title IX policy in place at Ohio State University's School of Medicine. Title IX requires schools to prohibit students from engaging in sexual misconduct, including not only sexual assault but also sexual harassment, dating violence, and stalking. Some case law indicates that Title IX standards extend to medical residencies. If a patient, co-worker, or other person accuses you of unwanted sexual advances, sexual touching, or sexually offensive conduct or communications, you could face medical residency dismissal, non-renewal, or other discipline, followed by licensing delays or denials. Sexual misconduct allegations can simultaneously ruin a professional reputation. Retain our defense attorneys the moment you hear allegations that you engaged in sexual misconduct relating to your medical residency or affecting your fitness for medical practice. Let us help you address the allegations before they become licensing issues. 

Medical School Procedural Protections 

Fortunately, if you, as a medical resident, face medical school issues threatening your medical licensure, your medical school should have protective procedures, like those in place at the University of Tennessee's Health Science Center, that our attorneys can invoke in your defense. Medical schools generally owe their students and residents due process before depriving them of their property and liberty interest in their medical education, degree, and career. By invoking the following procedures, available at the UT Health Science Center and other medical programs across the country, we may be able to help you defend and defeat your medical school's disciplinary charges so as to preserve your ability to obtain a medical license: 

  • that your medical school must appoint investigators and decision makers who have no conflicts of interest or biases that might affect their judgment against you; 
  • that your medical school must notify you in writing of the details of the disciplinary charges so that you can prepare to defend yourself with exonerating and mitigating evidence; 
  • that you have the right to retain us to defend you against the charges, including challenging the allegations and incriminating evidence against you; 
  • that you have the right to a formal hearing on the charges, at which our attorneys can help you present your exonerating and mitigating evidence while cross-examining the school's witnesses testifying against you; 
  • that the hearing officials must be independent, unbiased decision makers without conflicts of interest, and that you can challenge and replace biased or conflicted decision makers; 
  • that you have the right to appeal any adverse decision to a higher authority within the school,  

Medical Residency Disciplinary Procedures 

While your medical school will have disciplinary procedures that we can help you invoke to resolve your medical school issues affecting your medical license, your medical residency program may have its own disciplinary procedures, like those in place for medical residents in the Emory University School of Medicine. Medical residents are in a different position than medical students, with patient safety in question, not just their own academic fitness. Medical resident disciplinary procedures can be more abbreviated and less protective of the resident's interests than medical school procedures. You may not find that your medical residency program publishes elaborate disciplinary procedures. But we can often still invoke whatever procedures exist or convince program officials to provide appropriate forums to advocate for your residency program retention, renewal, and completion in good standing. Emory School of Medicine, for one typical example, offers at least these protections: 

  • administrative notice of remedial action, in which the program administrator will impose terms and conditions for your continuing in the program, giving us an opportunity to advocate and negotiate for disciplinary relief or achievable remediation; 
  • verbal and written warnings against continued violation of program standards, giving us the opportunity to help you present your evidence of program compliance and assurances of your ability to meet all program requirements; 
  • residency program probation detailing terms and conditions you must complete to remain in the program, giving us the opportunity to negotiate and advocate for alternative terms and conditions that you can readily satisfy; and 
  • residency program suspension detailing the grounds for the discipline, the duration of the suspension, the prohibited activities during the suspension, and any conditions for program resumption, giving us the opportunity to challenge the suspension grounds and advocate for alternative special relief. 

Medical Licensing Procedural Protections 

If instead of or in addition to medical school or medical residency disciplinary proceedings, you already face state medical board action delaying or denying your medical license, then our attorneys may be able to invoke state administrative hearing procedures, like those in place for challenging license decisions made by Michigan's Board of Medicine. State administrative agencies must generally provide you with due process of law before denying you a medical license, when that denial could cost you your liberty and property interests in professional practice. State Board of Medicine administrative hearing procedures generally follow the form of Michigan's above protections, providing the following opportunities for our attorneys to advocate for your medical license: 

  • the Board of Medicine's notice to you of its denial or other action with respect to your license application, including the grounds for denial; 
  • your right to invoke an administrative appeal of the board of medicine's decision, if made timely and in the proper form; 
  • an appeal hearing before an administrative law judge or other similar independent official; 
  • your right to present exonerating and mitigating evidence at the appeal hearing; 
  • your right to challenge incriminating evidence, including by having us cross-examine adverse witnesses; 
  • your opportunity to invoke informal pre-hearing and post-hearing conferences at which we may be able to advocate for alternative special relief; and 
  • limited court review of the state administrative agency decision, generally to challenge decisions that are arbitrary, capricious, unsupported by evidence, contrary to law, or reflecting bias and conflicts of interest. 

Medical License Application Issues 

State medical boards may consider a broad range of issues when denying or delaying a medical resident's application for licensure. State medical boards, like the Medical Board of California, maintain disciplinary guidelines to guide licensing officials in the matters that they may, should, and must consider when acting on a license application, complaint, or renewal. Those guidelines may also list the conditions that licensing officials may impose for a compromised candidate to obtain, retain, or renew a license. The conditions that the state medical board may impose for you to obtain a license reflect the issues the state medical board sees within the medical profession. Those issues include: 

  • alcohol use and abuse issues, including practicing medicine while intoxicated, endangering patients; 
  • drug use and abuse issues, including practicing medicine while impaired by drugs, endangering patients; 
  • theft of controlled substances and recordkeeping issues with controlled substances; 
  • inadequate medical knowledge, including knowledge of anatomy, disease, pharmacology, and treatment options; 
  • inadequate medical skill in examination, testing, diagnosis, treatment, medication, and consultation; 
  • inappropriate demeanor and communication with patients, including insensitivity, discrimination, harassment, and offense; 
  • inappropriate boundaries with patients, including sexual, romantic, financial, commercial, and other personal relationships; 
  • psychological, psychiatric, or other mental unfitness to practice medicine; 
  • physical disability, injury, or illness resulting in impaired or otherwise unfit practice of medicine; 
  • billing errors or falsifications, or other financial, insurance, and recordkeeping irregularities; 
  • medical practice without appropriate supervision, beyond the scope of medicine, or in other violation of institutional rules and limitations; 
  • professionalism issues, including inappropriate dress, demeanor, and disrespect for professional colleagues; and 
  • ongoing infection, illness, or other communicable disease threatening patient and colleague safety. 

The Role of a Highly Qualified Defense Attorney 

You should see from the above medical school, medical residency, and state medical board procedures that you may have several substantial opportunities to save your medical license and career against misconduct, incompetency, or other disciplinary allegations and charges. But you should also recognize how technical, complex, and arcane those protective procedures can be. Medical residents, while obviously skilled within their medical field, don't generally have the legal, procedural, and administrative training, skill, and experience for a strategic and effective defense of licensing issues. Our Professional License Defense Team attorneys have the knowledge, skills, experience, and commitment you need. We may be able to perform any or all of the following activities and tasks for your successful defense, to obtain your medical license: 

  • appear on your behalf, notifying the officials that we represent you and will hold them accountable to the standards and procedures, ensuring that they treat you fairly; 
  • timely answer any disciplinary charges, raising appropriate legal and factual defenses, and otherwise communicate diplomatically, clearly, timely, and effectively with the involved licensing and disciplinary officials to ensure your procedural protection and best presentation; 
  • request and arrange early informal conciliation conferences at which to propose voluntary compromise workouts that you can readily offer and achieve, and that satisfy official duties and interests, while relieving you of the charges; 
  • obtain and evaluate the allegedly incriminating evidence, to challenge that evidence and show where it fails to support lawful grounds for denying you a medical license; 
  • help you identify, acquire, organize, and present your own exonerating and mitigating evidence when invoking a formal hearing before an independent decision maker; 
  • advise you throughout the proceedings of your rights, options, opportunities, and interests, so that you understand and can fully participate in the proceedings to your best effect and outcome; 
  • if you have already lost your formal hearing, then identify and pursue all available appeals, researching, drafting, and presenting compelling appeal arguments before a higher authority; and 
  • if you have already lost all hearings and appeals, seek alternative special relief through available oversight channels or evaluate and pursue civil litigation through the courts as appropriate. 

The Necessary Skills and Experience for Defense 

Performing the above defense services strategically and effectively in the medical school, medical residency, and state medical board administrative settings requires a different skill set than attorneys usually possess for criminal defense, civil litigation, and the other practice areas common to local attorneys. Medical academic and professional administrative proceedings follow different rules, regulations, customs, conventions, and procedures than typical court proceedings. Local criminal defense attorneys and civil litigators don't usually have the necessary administrative knowledge, skills, and experience to effectively represent and achieve the best possible outcome. That's why you should retain our highly qualified Professional License Defense Team attorneys for the skills and experience you need to save your medical career with so much on the line. 

What to Do When Facing Medical Resident Issues 

The above discussion provides you with a lot of information on the medical licensing challenges you face when you suffer allegations of medical school or medical residency misconduct. You are in a most vulnerable position as to those allegations when you are already in your medical residency. Your medical residency program director and supervisor must ensure patient safety and the integrity and security of the medical institution in which you are practicing your residency. Their first inclination may be to suspend you from the program, even before hearing your response to the allegations that raised their concern. The swift action they may take to protect patients and the residency program can put you in a precarious position. You generally need to communicate with your residency program director and supervisor, and perhaps also with medical school and state medical licensing board officials, clearly, accurately, comprehensively, and timely. Let us help you take the following steps to preserve your opportunity for medical licensure: 

  • promptly open, read, and evaluate any written communication, whether mail, email, text, or other, regarding any allegation of unfitness, incompetence, or misconduct; 
  • immediately preserve all evidence relating in any way to the allegations, including not only physical evidence, handwritten notes, and printed materials but also electronically stored information like emails, files, texts, and photographs; 
  • promptly retain and consult our highly qualified attorneys, share the allegations and your information, respond to the allegations, and follow our attorneys' instructions; 
  • do not attempt or appear to harass, intimidate, offend, abuse, or otherwise retaliate against any patient, colleague, supervisor, subordinate, or other person complaining of or reporting your alleged misconduct; 
  • do not conceal or misrepresent any fact relating in any way to the allegations because the cover-up can be worse than the alleged misconduct; 
  • generally, do not give statements or explanations to investigating officials without first ensuring that your information is accurate and complete, that you know the role and intentions of the person to whom you report, and that you have had our advice to prepare for your investigatory interview; and 
  • maintain your medical residency practice and professional composure so far as you are able, demonstrating your equanimity and reliability for medical practice. 

Premier Defense Attorneys Available Nationwide 

The Lento Law Firm's premier Professional License Defense Team has successfully helped hundreds of medical students, medical residents, students and graduates of other professional programs, and candidates for medical or other licensure. Our highly qualified attorneys are available across the country, no matter your location, and no matter whether your issue is before your medical school, your medical residency location, or your state medical board. Call 888.535.3686 or complete this contact form now to retain our skilled and experienced defense attorneys.  


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