Board Representation

Representation Before the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and Medical Student, Intern and Resident Legal Representation

Richard Q. Hark has represented many physicians in applying for and becoming admitted to various medical specialties. Often being called upon to provide advice or hearing representation when an application is denied, Richard has assisted many physicians.

Richard represents physicians, dentists and other licensed health care professionals in challenging and appealing the results of medical board, dental board and board certification examinations. Often this may be as simple as requesting a rescoring or regarding of the examination or a certain part of it. Sometimes because of problems at a test site or because of technical problems, retesting is an option.

Having an attorney is important to contest United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), Examination Committee for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Legal Representation and Defense of Charges of Irregular Behavior

Richard routinely represents medical students and residents in legal disputes with the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), Examination Committee for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and provides legal representation and defense of charges of irregular behavior.

It is crucial to submit appropriate documents for review by the committee, to obtain fact witnesses and expert witnesses (where appropriate) and to prepare adequately for the hearing ahead of time. It is absolutely crucial for you to appear live to testify before the Committee, as well. Richard prepares your case, you for the hearing and will appear with you. Because his office is in Philadelphia, travel expenses and time are minimized.

Richard has also represented individuals in appeals of adverse hearing results. Hearings before the Committee are recorded by a court reporter, so transcripts of the proceedings are available for later appeal or subsequent court proceedings.

If a physician is accused of cheating, obtaining an unfair advantage on an exam, or has his or her certification suspended or revoked, it is crucial to take immediate action to appeal this and to request a hearing on it. Every certifying organization has a detailed hearing process to ensure the applicant has due process of law and a fair hearing. Failure to act promptly will result in permanent action being imposed that will affect your future ability to obtain a license in a another state, to obtain clinical privileges at a hospital, to be a participating physician on health insurance panels and to be a participating physician in Medicare and Medicaid programs. It will obviously affect future employment opportunities.

Proper representation in such matters may clear up any alleged improprieties that are thought to have existed. Often it can be proven to a hearing committee's satisfaction that the physician did not participate in the misconduct alleged, did not have access to the materials involved, or did not take advantage of an opportunity to cheat. Sometimes, where it is a matter of proving the existence of qualifications to be certified, he has been able to offer substitute information or documentation to show this. It is possible to use a polygraph examination (lie detector test) reports and experts, as well as foreign education specialists as experts in such cases.

Representation Regarding Board Certification

Additionally, Richard has represented physicians in investigations and hearings by their medical specialty college or organization in matters involving complaints, peer review, questions regarding false applications, and other matters. Familiar with the goals and concerns of medical specialty boards and colleges, we bring our legal experience in producing experts and documentary evidence which addresses the concerns of the members who may be called by a hearing panel or credentials committee.

Medical Student, Intern and Resident Legal Representation

Richard Q. Hark also represents medical school students, residents, interns and fellows in academic disputes, graduate medical education (GME) disputes. Please see his website or more information. Whether it is an academic performance dispute, clinical performance or allegations concerning substance abuse or mental health, Richard has probably handled similar cases.

Richard Q. Hark also represents physicians and other health providers in administrative hearings, administrative licensing cases and in appeals of adverse actions by state licensing boards and state and federal administrative agencies.