How to cope with losing your medical license

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2023 | Professional License Issues |

If your medical license is suspended or revoked, you may experience considerable emotional distress. It can be traumatic to be prevented from practicing what you are passionate about and possibly have been practicing for years.

Losing your job could also cause significant financial stress. So, how can you cope with losing your professional license?

Give yourself time

Fighting to recover your license or finding a new career path can be overwhelming. Thus, before making major decisions, give yourself time. Take a break; stop overthinking what you could have done differently or what to do next. 

This may be easier said than done. But a few tips can help you. Spending time with loved ones and engaging in your hobbies can help. 

Find alternative work 

Being at home the whole day after losing your medical license can worsen matters. Thus, consider getting another job. Your options to work in health care will be limited, but you may still be able to work as an assistant to a medical professional, a medical receptionist, a medical writer, a medical transcriptionist and so on. Generally, any job that allows you to apply your medical skills without needing a license. 

You might also look for work outside the medical field, as some of the skills you have will be transferable

If you have lost your medical license, it may still be possible to challenge the ruling that led to your license loss and return to practicing your profession. Getting help to build a defense at the first sign your license is under threat may avoid the situation altogether.