How to Avoid a Medical Board Letter

Program Description

Physicians must be knowledgeable about the Medical Board role and responsibilities. This includes reviewing and investigating complaints, issuing sanctions, and imposing disciplinary action. This program will provide physicians with information on the types of issues that most frequently prompt the Medical Board to send a letter of inquiry. The session will also address the appropriate process to follow when responding to a letter from the Medical Board.


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Recognize and reduce the most common causes for disciplinary actions when a complaint is filed with the
    Medical Board.
  • Respond appropriately when a physician might receive a letter from the Medical Board.
  • Defend my medical license by building a successful defense when subject to disciplinary action(s).


No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. No commercial support was provided for this activity. 


Kathleen Stillwell, MPA/HSA, RN, CPHRM
Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager
The Doctors Company

Richard Cahill, Esq.
Vice President and Associate General Counsel
The Doctors Company

Continuing Education Credit

The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical educational activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this activity for a maximum of one AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course ID#:    TDS 18160.0
Issue Date for This Activity: 5-1-18
Expiration Date for This Activity: 6-9-19


The information and guidelines contained in this activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. The faculty recommends that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes and should be used as a reference guide only.

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