Eli Stutsman is a lawyer with experience defending medical board investigations, including investigations by the Board of Medicine, the Board of Nursing, and the Board of Pharmacy. The medical boards investigate complaints asserting violations of state law. Complaints often assert one or more violations of the standard of care, charting or record keeping, prescribing or dispensing, an inappropriate relationship with patients, impairment, and unprofessional or dishonorable conduct.
How will I learn that a complaint has been filed against me?
When the medical board receives a complaint, it assigns a case number and begins its investigation. If you are fortunate, you will have learned about the complaint on your own, from a colleague, a patient, or a family member of the patient making the complaint. Other times, you will first learn about a complaint when you receive a letter from the medical board, asking you to provide a written explanation. When you learn about a complaint in this manner, it may be a blessing in disguise, because you have a small amount of time to collect your thoughts, consult a lawyer, and generally prepare yourself to participate in the board’s investigation, something you will want and need to do. If you are unfortunate, however, you will learn about the complaint when you receive a telephone call from the board’s investigator or, worse, an in-person visit from one of the board’s investigator.
Call to learn more about defending an Oregon medical board complaint
If you need a lawyer to defend against a medical board investigation, call Eli Stutsman, at 503. 274.4048, to learn more about his Oregon licensure practice.