After-Hours Drunk Driving? Yes, it’s Unprofessional Conduct

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One of the cases described by Kentucky board counsel Cheryl Lalonde was decided August 25, 2009 by the Court of Appeal of California, Third Appellate District. The ruling (Louis H. Watson v. The Superior Court of Sacramento County, Medical Board of California) involved a surgeon who had several DUI violations…

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Medical board may not subpoena patient’s medical records while investigating psychotherapist’s alleged sexual misconduct absent compelling justification

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The California Medical Board, through Executive Director Kimberly Kirchmeyer, investigated Dr. Geoffrey Phillips, a licensed psychiatrist, based on an allegation that he had a sexual relationship with one of his patients, A.M.  After her therapy with Dr. Phillips ended, A.M. divorced her husband, S.M.  S.M. then filed a complaint with…

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“Conditional suspension” not an option while psychologist’s criminal appeal pending

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A Board of Psychology did not err in choosing to revoke a psychologist’s license once it learned that a conditional indefinite suspension, with jurisdiction to revoke, was not possible, the District Court of Appeal of Florida held June 6 (William Kale, Ph.D. v. Department of Health). The board hoped to…

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Traditional licensing: Storm clouds ahead?

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The traditional appointed board model for regulating the professions has been a fixture of state government for well over a century. But new models of delivering services, plus a pro-competition climate at the state and federal level, may be threatening the classic regulatory structure. The February 25 U.S. Supreme Court…

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