Better Health: Smart Health Commentary Better Health (TM): smart health commentary

Article Comments (2)

Which Physicians Are Most Likely To Lose Their License?

Thanks to KevinMD who flagged this interesting journal article:  Characteristics Associated With Physician Discipline.

Can you guess which physicians are most likely to undergo disciplinary action (license revocation, practice suspension, probation, and public reprimand)?

  • Males
  • Older physicians
  • Those who trained at medical schools outside the US
  • Physicians who are not board-certified

Score one for the lady docs. Woo hoo! This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at

You may also like these posts

Read comments »

2 Responses to “Which Physicians Are Most Likely To Lose Their License?”

  1. PearlsAndDreams says:

    Interesting. Does the US do a better job of explaining ‘personal space’ … therefore it is less likely for boundries to be crossed.

    Are US doctor’s grilled into them the possiblility of Malpractice and therefore, a possibility of that, and therefore … it’s always in the back of their minds?

    I have one doctor who has lost his license. While he is a US citizen (born and raised in this area) he trained in France. Mid 50′s. I couldn’t answer the board certified, I always assumed he was, given the high degree of quality the clinic inisted of having …

    He is (was) a psychiatrist, working with patients with eating disorders and post tramatic stress disorders. When it came out, that he’d crossed a line with one patient, everyone thought it was *ONE* patient that had come on to him.

    Unfortunately, as things unfolded. It turned out to be a pattern that went back clear through the entire 15 years he’d been at the clinic.

    (and they wonder why I’m digging my heels and refusing to let them refer me to go else where!!)

    Ok, given myself the heebeegeebees now … closing.

  2. evaroberts says:

    Interesting to read about them.. Well here in Australia  there is the same case and frankly speaking about them that most of them are most likely to loose their lisence.



    <a href=”“>Addiction Recovery Missouri</a>

Return to article »

Latest Interviews

IDEA Labs: Medical Students Take The Lead In Healthcare Innovation

It’s no secret that doctors are disappointed with the way that the U.S. healthcare system is evolving. Most feel helpless about improving their work conditions or solving technical problems in patient care. Fortunately one young medical student was undeterred by the mountain of disappointment carried by his senior clinician mentors…

Read more »

How To Be A Successful Patient: Young Doctors Offer Some Advice

I am proud to be a part of the American Resident Project an initiative that promotes the writing of medical students residents and new physicians as they explore ideas for transforming American health care delivery. I recently had the opportunity to interview three of the writing fellows about how to…

Read more »

See all interviews »

Latest Cartoon

See all cartoons »

Latest Book Reviews

Book Review: Is Empathy Learned By Faking It Till It’s Real?

I m often asked to do book reviews on my blog and I rarely agree to them. This is because it takes me a long time to read a book and then if I don t enjoy it I figure the author would rather me remain silent than publish my…

Read more »

The Spirit Of The Place: Samuel Shem’s New Book May Depress You

When I was in medical school I read Samuel Shem s House Of God as a right of passage. At the time I found it to be a cynical yet eerily accurate portrayal of the underbelly of academic medicine. I gained comfort from its gallows humor and it made me…

Read more »

Eat To Save Your Life: Another Half-True Diet Book

I am hesitant to review diet books because they are so often a tangled mess of fact and fiction. Teasing out their truth from falsehood is about as exhausting as delousing a long-haired elementary school student. However after being approached by the authors’ PR agency with the promise of a…

Read more »

See all book reviews »