As a medical resident or fellow, you have invested a significant amount of time and effort into your program, and you’re probably very committed to starting your career in the healthcare field. But an accusation of professional misconduct can arise at any time, derailing your medical career and your plans for the future.
But this is where our attorneys can assist, as the world class legal team at the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass includes lawyers who are experienced in defense for Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) residents and fellows. In fact, many residents and fellows feel as though they’re at a significant disadvantage when they face accusations from staff or administrators. The imbalance of power that exists between those in a position of authority and those seeking their license to practice can create a situation where residents and fellows believe that their options are limited when it comes to mounting a defense.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we help level the playing field for our clients by aggressively responding to every allegation of misconduct made against the medical professionals whom we represent. Always acting with our clients’ best interests in mind, we thoroughly review investigation files and work with medical experts to develop a strong defense to your case.
Defense attorneys with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass have the extensive experience, strategies and knowledge required to represent you today and in the future, as we also offer defense for healthcare professionals who are facing state or federal administrative hearings, including SOAH, HIPDB and NPDB proceedings.
Based in Plano, Texas, our law firm was established by Attorney Jeffrey C. Grass, who has been in practice for more than 20 years. We invite you to contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass to discuss the details of your case in a free, fully confidential case consultation. Call (469) 291-0940.
Common Concerns and Questions Regarding ACGME Residents and Fellows Defense
Healthcare professionals spend years getting an education and working toward their goals of starting a career in the medical field. But accusations and allegations of wrong-doing can be harmful, ending your healthcare career before it’s even really started! This is why it’s so important to turn to the experienced legal team with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass. Our legal team has compiled an overview of a few of the most common questions we encounter.
What Happens If an ACGME Resident or Fellow is Accused of Misconduct?
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has two basic mechanisms for reporting an issue: concerns and complaints.
A concern is described as “an issue, care, trouble or distress that someone has about a residency or fellowship program and/or its sponsoring institution that creates uncertainty and apprehension.” An individual fellow or resident can certainly be mentioned in a concern that is reported to the ACGME, resulting in challenges.
A formal complaint may be filed in the event of a chronic and routine non-compliance with ACGME institutional and program requirements. An individual may be included in a formal complaint and the program as a whole can also be brought into question.
When a matter is brought to the attention of the ACGME (sometimes anonymously,) the ACGME Resident Services division works with the designated institutional official (DIO) at the residency and fellowship program to investigate the matter. Findings are reported back to the ACGME by the designated institutional official, along with any proposals for remediation.
What is the Role of ACGME’s Resident Services in an Investigation?
According to the ACGME website, “Resident Services does not adjudicate disputes between individual persons and residency/fellowship programs or sponsoring institutions. Resident Services does not address issues regarding matters of admission, appointment, contract, credit, discrimination, promotion, or dismissal of faculty members, residents or fellows.”
The Resident Services division works with the DIO for the residency and fellowship program to determine the facts in the case and develop a proposal for proceeding toward a resolution.
Each institution’s program is typically in charge of addressing allegations of wrong-doing and professional misconduct for individual ACGME residents and fellows. There is typically an administrative hearing conducted to address the allegations and prescribe a remedy or penalty.
For this reason, it’s important to have an attorney on-hand to represent you and your interests, while presenting relevant evidence and testimony.
How Can an ACGME Residents and Fellows Defense Lawyer Help?
The experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass have the skill required to help you overcome allegations of professional misconduct, helping you get back on track with the career that you’ve worked so hard to establish.
Your medical defense lawyer will examine all of the evidence, documentation, and any witness testimony to explore all aspects of your case. Once our intensive investigation is complete, we will work with medical experts and other professionals to develop a winning strategy that will maximize your chances of seeing a positive and favorable resolution to this situation.
Our Medical Defense Lawyers Are Ready to Help with Your Case
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we understand how stressful it can be to find yourself accused of professional misconduct or another wrong-doing that places your career and your future in jeopardy. Our seasoned ACGME residents and fellows defense attorneys have worked with clients throughout the United States.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass were established by a member of the Health Law Section of the Texas State Bar, Attorney Jeffrey C. Grass. Attorney Grass has been in practice for over 20 years, and he also served as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG), in addition to achieving an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
If you are a medical resident or fellow accused of professional misconduct or another wrong-doing, turn to the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass for a strategic and aggressive defense. We invite you to contact our law offices to arrange a confidential, no-cost case consultation by calling (469) 291-0940.