As a doctor, you’ve probably heard that “physician disruptive behavior” is something you should avoid. It can jeopardize your license and result in disciplinary action that can impact your license and your career.
Unfortunately, physician disruptive behavior can be difficult to define. Since many are not aware of the definition, a doctor may participate in it unknowingly and damage their career. Below, we’ll tell you more about what qualifies as physician disruptive behavior, how to avoid it, and when to seek legal help.
Common Characteristics of Physician Disruptive Behavior
Disruptive behavior is typically described as a recurring pattern of severe disruptive behavior on the part of the doctor. To qualify, it must be ongoing and prevent the healthcare staff from properly functioning.
Angry outbursts, intimidation, abusive language, threats of violence, and demeaning staff members are all examples of disruptive behavior. A physician may also respond disrespectfully or inappropriately to patients and staff members or blame office problems on the staff. Other examples include ongoing conflicts with authority figures or not responding promptly to pages and calls.
If you notice that you are demonstrating any of this behavior, contacting a doctor or mental health professional for help is in your best interest. By taking pre-emptive action, you may be able to prevent the Medical Board of California from seeking disciplinary action.
What to Do If You Are Accused
You should consult an attorney as soon as you are contacted by a medical board or an investigator with any health-related agency.
If you work with a lawyer, they will investigate the circumstances and speak to witnesses. They can also prepare you for the medical or psychological examination and help you avoid disciplinary action and issues with your license.
If you are being accused of physician disruptive behavior, your best course of action is to contact an experienced doctor license defense attorney. They will have the knowledge and experience to protect your rights and help you keep your license in good standing.
If you have been accused of physician disruptive behavior, Scott J Harris can help. Get in touch with SJ Harris Law today for a free consultation at 323-794-0701.
This blog is meant to be informational. It is not meant to be all-encompassing legal advice. If you are facing a situation involving your professional license, seek counsel from a licensed attorney.