Physicians in Ohio, like anywhere else in the country, need a license in order to practice. However, certain convictions can lead to your license being suspended or even revoked. Not only are those statuses viewable to the public, but they can strongly impact your ability to find work, keep clients, and successfully promote yourself and your business.

The Georgia Composite Medical Board takes a look at different forms of medical license statuses when a person is facing punishment for a medical-related crime. Generally speaking, these apply across America. The first is suspension. This is a case in which you have been temporarily asked to cease activities and business as a medical professional until the Medical Board deems otherwise.

Probation is generally considered to be the most “mild” form of license-related punishments. You will be allowed to continue practicing, but will be monitored by the Medical Board to make sure you’re following the rules of your probation. These rules can differ from case to case. Some may require restriction of certain procedures. Others may require additional training, supervision from another provider, or medical or psychiatric treatment.

Revocation is the complete withdrawal of your medical license and is the most actively harmful to you. Though you can get a medical license in another state, it becomes harder to do so with a history of revocation. Additionally, you will no longer be able to practice medicine in the state in which your license was revoked.

All three of these can be debilitating to your career in their own ways. For that reason, having the support of a legal professional when your case is heard can be crucial.