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What should you do if you are under investigation?

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2024 | Professional License Defense

When the Medical Board of California comes knocking at your door over a complaint, it is time to start planning your next steps. An investigation is serious business and it carries the risk of a suspended or revoked license.

It is important to be proactive when it comes to safeguarding the status of your medical license during an investigation.

Steps to protect your license

Even the smallest of actions after the medical board launches an investigation can affect how things turn out for you. Some steps you should take include:

  • Be honest but discreet: Be honest and forthcoming with the medical board. Lying or trying to hide information may very likely hurt the outcome of an investigation and the fate of your license, especially if the board catches you. However, you should consult with a legal professional and have one present any time you speak to investigators.
  • Do not discuss the details: Avoid posting about an investigation on social media or discussing it with outside parties – even people you trust. The Medical Board of California may conduct undercover operations during investigations.
  • Take it seriously: A board investigation is a serious matter and taking one lightly can negatively affect the outcome. Make it a point to respond to notices from the board within the given period. It is also good practice to treat the members of the board with respect throughout the process.

An investigation is a serious matter. Healthcare providers should not take them lightly. However, even if you face an investigation, there are options to safeguard your license.