The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs is a division of the Pennsylvania Department of State and an important entity in the lives of Philadelphia medical professionals. That is because it is the entity that reviews, approves and revokes professional licenses for doctors, nurses and other professionals. When a medical professional's license is under review due to allegations of criminal conduct, it is the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs that will handle the hearing in an administrative setting.
I represent medical professionals in their criminal and civil professional license disciplinary case. The criminal court hearings occur all over the Commonwealth Pennsylvania. I really enjoy this travel aspect of my practice, allowing me to visit a variety of county courthouses. Today I had the pleasure handling a medical professional's criminal matter in the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.
I spend a majority of my time helping medical professionals secure and keep their professional license. Recently, a physician contacted me to discuss his group practice employment contract and his hospitalist job. Reviewing his employment contract enlightened me on numerous ways a single licensing issue can impact medical professionals' employment and future employability.
Many who enter the medical profession wish to ease the pain and suffering of the people that they treat. Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists may take special care to ensure that the individuals that they treat are provided with the best possible care so that they have good prognoses and chances for recovery. Pennsylvania residents benefit from this measured approach to care and the dedicated focus of their medical practitioners.
Newspaper trumpet the legalization marijuana in several states. Articles track implementation of medical marijuana production, products, and sales in states with existing medical marijuana laws. Everyone is investing in marijuana producers and distributors. On November 12, 2018 the Philadelphia Inquirer reports with fanfare there are 84,000 Pennsylvanians registered as medical marijuana patients. The article emphasizes medical marijuana is not treating the medical condition stated on the licensee's card. Rather it is used to control medical symptoms of the 21 different serious medical conditions. Importantly, medical marijuana is replacing opiates to control pain and other disruptive physiological manifestations that originate from a diagnosed medical condition. This is success.
It can take years of hard work for a Pennsylvania resident to complete their educational and professional requirements to become a licensed doctor. While their dream may be to serve others and to offer assistance to individuals suffering from medical ailments, the realities of their lives may put their chances of practicing medicine into jeopardy. This is often the case when a doctor is charged with drunk driving or another alcohol-related offense.