The medical board letters are relentless. Each medical board seems to come up with something new and finds a reason to contact me. CA and OR are taking the lead on this. WA has been rather predictable.
I received yet another letter from the OR medical board because they didn’t receive my certified letter in which I notified them of my CA medical board hearing. The letter is still in transit, going on 15 days.
I had my fill with the OR medical board so I reached out to my OR lawyer. He has a big case-load and passed me on to one of his colleagues who called me the same day. I wanted to discuss how I can get out from under the OR medical board. It turns out, it’s not as easy as I thought.
Much like a marriage, it takes an application to enter it but you’re fucked if you try to exit it. The options for your medical license are to:
Medical License Terminology
I guess this is a good thing to learn if you are planning on handling your own medical board stuff or if you want to better communicate with your attorney. Let’s talk about medical license terminology.
Only the medical board can ‘suspend’ or ‘terminate’ your medical license. You can ‘withdraw’ your medical license. And either of you can suggest and agree to ‘inactivate’ your medical license.
Once your medical license comes up for renewal, you can choose to let it lapse or renew it, of course.
Renewing Your Medical License After an Investigation
You know what I learned after talking to my attorney the other day? If I choose to renew my medical license with OR I would have to list every single thing I dealt with over these past 2 years all over again.
I would have to talk about the investigations by CA and WA. I would have to list every employer who terminated me. I would have to list all of my work experiences, etc. That’s a nightmare just to think through all of that and list them.
If I leave anything out then the medical board can claim that I was being deceitful.
1. Inactivating Your State Medical License
My lawyer and I discussed the option of inactivating my medical license in Oregon, which is no small feat. I have to fill out an application and answer a whole set of questions and I would still be under the watchful eye of the board and would still have to report everything to them in regards to the other medical boards.
Even when I inactivate the license, I have to continue to pay for it, though it’s a lower fee. And because it would be in an inactive status, letting it lapse would no longer be an option. Odd, but that’s my attorney said.
2. Withdrawing Your State Medical License
When you withdraw your medical license, if you are still under investigation by any other state then the Oregon Medical Board could use the wording:
Licensee withdrew medical license during active investigation.
Withdrawing is easy but once you withdraw from a particular state, it will be very tough to reapply for that state medical license. Especially if you’ve had a history of an investigation in the past.
Withdrawing the license isn’t too hard, you petition to have it withdrawn. I believe she mentioned that there is a fee for that. And if you have any active patients under you or any medical charts then you have to account for all of that.
3. Letting Your State Medical License Lapse
My final option is to just wait for approximately another year when my medical license will come up for renewal.
The problem with this option is that I would continue to have to deal with the OR medical board until then. The idea of that was incredibly exhausting to me, until…. I made an executive decision.
Practicing Medicine in Oregon
I’m done. I’m spent. I can’t deal with the Oregon Medical Board anymore. I raise my white undies in defeat. After this last letter from them I’m certain that I no longer want to practice medicine in the state of Oregon.
My attorney urged me to make sure that I don’t want to practice there ever again before making my decision. I would rather squat on some cacti than deal with the Oregon Medical Board or see patients in a state where I’m treated like this as a physician.
Paying Money to the State
I don’t want to pay a licensing fees to Oregon. My dollars are my way of casting a vote. I’m appalled by the way in which they have handled my disciplinary process. It doesn’t sit well with me. Punish me but don’t fucking torture me. Also, let it go! Get over it, move on to the next victim!
Nor do I want to pay income taxes from my medical work to the state of Oregon. Yes, I know, I’m acting like a brat. Instead of complaining and whining, I have the opportunity to take action and vote with them tax dollar.
I don’t need the income from the practice of medicine in OR. I don’t need to practice in OR. I don’t need to live in OR. So why wouldn’t I take my business somewhere else?
Time Until the License Lapses
I have decided that I will hire this attorney from now until my medical license naturally lapses in Oregon. When it comes up for renewal we will be ready for me to exit strategically.
During this time I’ll sic her on the medical board and we’re gonna hound them the way they have hounded me. We’ll send them monthly updates. We’ll request monthly audits to make sure my license doesn’t somehow mysteriously end up in an active investigation again.
Once we’re closer to the date when my medical license expires, we’ll submit a convincing dossier and make sure that I get out from under the Oregon Medical Board once and for all.
Oversight on my Part
I thought all of this was bad. Somehow my closed medical board investigation with Oregon has been reopened. Meaning, I am still under active investigation according to them.
One downside to managing your own medical board investigation is that you might overlook something. When I contacted this attorney, the first thing she asked me was why my Oregon medical license still shows up as an active investigation.
I already signed a stipulated order with Oregon. I already served my 30-day license suspension and paid my $5,000 fine. I took the professionalism course and I was no longer under investigation a year ago. My case was closed.
Somehow, some way, my medical license went back into active investigation status. These are the little things you might overlook that can cause a lot of trouble later.
So, now the attorney has to first deal with this before we can proceed forward. Unbelievable. It truly is mind-numbing.