On July 17, 2017 Robert Garlick was operating his motor vehicle in Erie County Pennsylvania. A state Trooper investigating his 1 car accident, suspected Mr. Garlick of being under the influence of alcohol. Garlick was arrested for suspicion of DUI. At the barracks the Trooper read verbatim the warnings contained in the July 2016 revised Penn DOT DL-26B form. This form provides the following warnings with regard to a chemical test of blood:
Most health care related professional licensing schemes contain a uniform proscription against engaging in sexual intimacies with clients. This sexual conduct bar does not depend on consensual or non-consensual acts. Violating this conduct is the first and surest way to lose your professional license. Prior relationships with current licensee and current relationships with former patients also creates huge problems.
My blog topics sometimes originate from media outlets discussing issues that impact my professional clients. NPR published an article this week discussing a new National Institute of Health ("NIH") alcohol use disorder online self- help tool. The attached link presents a significant web presence on alcohol consumption, alcohol use disorders, and other NIH discussion pieces on a national alcohol abuse epidemic. NPR, NIH Alcohol Use Disorder Article
In November, I wrote a blog about McGrath v. Bureau of Prof’l & Occupational Affairs, No. 5 WAP 2017, 2017 Pa. LEXIS 3109, at *12-13 (Nov. 22, 2017). Felony Convictions and License Reinstatement This case has now been interpreted in a second license revocation appeal. Joseph Thomas Acri, D.O., Petitioner v. Bureau of Professional..., --- A.3d ---- (2018). Acri, a D.O., medical license was suspended due to prescription fraud. The State Board of Osteopathic Medicine (Board), automatically suspended his license to practice osteopathic medicine and surgery pursuant to section 14(b) of the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act (Act) based upon his felony convictions under The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act (CSA), 35 P.S. §§ 780-101—780-144. He appealed his 10 year ineligibility for license re issuance.