SoloDoc brings to light the persecution of a PCP in North Dakota:
Does a medical board alone have the power to decide what is appropriate care/conduct and what the sanction should be? If the medical board decides that a sloppy appearance is unprofessional and worthy of license forfeiture, is that their unquestionable right? What if they decide that pregnancy termination or withdrawal of life support is malpractice? Dating a former patient? Cheating on a spouse? Voting Libertarian? Belonging to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? Where does one draw the line? Is there a line?
The reason why this story concerns me so much is because, as a fellow family physician, “there but for the grace of God, go I.” If something like this can happen to him, it could happen to me or any other physician. Nobody is safe.