The Texas Medical Board is charged with licensing and monitoring the licenses of a number of different medical professions in the state. Obtaining a license from the Board is no easy feat—any license that one may succeed in acquiring through this agency requires a great deal of preparation, including years of education and pre-licensure testing, often at great expense and even potentially a great deal of accrued monetary debt. No one who goes through all that wants to lose their license. They should, therefore, should do all they can to avoid any situation in which it is put at risk.
Among the fields licensed by the Texas Medical Board are:
- Physicians—Those who practice medicine as defined in the Texas Occupations Code, which includes diagnosing, treating, or offering to treat mental or physical diseases or disorders by any method.
- Physician Assistants—Those who provide medical services as supervised and delegated by a practicing physician, such as physical examinations, the ordering of diagnostic procedures, formulating a working diagnosis, and offering a patient counseling or diagnosis education.
- Surgical Assistants—Those who assist surgeon physicians in surgery by performing particular tasks, like opening and closing surgical sites, and implanting devices.
- Medical Physicists—Those who make sure the correct quality, quantity, and placement of radiation occur during radiological procedures.
- Acupuncturists—Those who non-surgically insert acupuncture needles into and use moxibustion on specific areas on the body as a form of physical therapy.
- Medical Radiological Technologists—Those who administer radiation under the direction of a practitioner.
- Respiratory Care Practitioners—Those who treat, manage, control, and diagnostically evaluate issues with the cardiorespiratory systems of patients.
- Perfusionists—Those who operate circulation and autotransfusion equipment and use techniques to support life in a patient when it becomes necessary to replace their circulatory or respiratory functions.
The Board functions with the mission to “protect and enhance the public’s health, safety and welfare by establishing and maintaining standards of excellence used in regulating the practice of medicine and ensuring quality health care for the citizens of Texas through licensure, discipline, and education.” As such, the Board’s goal is not to advocate for its licensees, but, indeed, to take a stance that is at best wary of them. Often licensees will find it startling just how prosecutorial the Board becomes toward them when a complaint has been lodged against their license.
If you find your license under fire by the Texas Medical Board, BERTOLINO LLP can help. We are experienced license defense attorneys and we know how to navigate the complaint process. We are skilled at assisting medical professionals in determining the course of action that will be beneficial or detrimental to your career, depending on the particular allegations. Immediately consulting an experienced license defense attorney to review allegations of misconduct helps ensure the most favorable outcome in your case.
With offices in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, we serve medical professional clients all over the state. Contact us today or call (512) 717-5432 and schedule a case evaluation.