Medical Students, Interns, Residents and Applicants
We have represented medical school students in disputes with their medical schools, internship supervisors, and in dismissal hearings. We have represented residents, interns and fellows in various disputes regarding their academic and clinical performance, allegations of substance abuse, failure to complete integral parts training, alleged false or incomplete statements on applications, allegations of impairment (because of abuse or addiction to drugs or alcohol or because of mental or physical issues), because of discrimination due to race, sex, national origin, sexual orientation and on other matters.
In most cases, these disputes have been resolved informally, often through negotiation or mediation. However, occasionally it is necessary that a civil suit be filed against the medical school, university, hospital or institution involved. We will always attempt to resolve such matters as inexpensively as feasible with as little publicity as necessary (or in accordance with our client's wishes). However, we are not reluctant to sue and litigate the case in federal or state court as appropriate if the circumstances require.
In addition, we routinely deal with state impaired physician and nurse programs such as the Professionals Resource Network (PRN) or the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN) in Florida. We routinely represent applicants before the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Credentials Committees of the professional licensing boards, including the Board of Medicine, Board of Nursing, Board of Osteopathic Medicine, Board of Psychology, Board of Pharmacy, Board of Chiropractic Medicine, or other professional boards.
If you are charged with answering an application for a license falsely or incompletely or if you are called before a credentials committee or licensing board to explain certain answers or omissions you made, you should retain a competent, experienced, health care attorney to represent you. If you have prior arrest or convictions (whether expunged or sealed or not), disciplinary action against a prior professional license of any kind, drug or alcohol treatment, mental health conditions, suspensions or expulsions from schools or programs, discipline against a license in another state, unexplained leaves of absence, or a perceived untruthful answer on an application, you should retain qualified counsel to advise you before you answer any further or provide any further information or documentation.
If your application for a license is denied, you will have the right to have a formal evidentiary hearing before state administrative law judge (ALJ). However, even if you are successful at such a hearing, it will be very costly and will delay your admission to your field of practice for many months or longer.