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What does it mean if a physician's license status is listed as Probation, Suspension or Revocation?

Probation: If a doctor or other health care provider has been placed on probation, this means the Medical Board took a disciplinary action and that action extends over a specified period of time. The licensee is monitored periodically by the Board to assure compliance with the terms and conditions established in the Board's order. The terms and conditions of probation vary and it is necessary to read the Board's order to know what they entail. Some examples are requiring supervision by another provider, restricting certain procedures, requiring the licensee to undergo additional training or to undergo medical or psychiatric treatment.

Suspended License or Certificate: If a doctor or other health care provider's license has been suspended, the doctor or other health care provider has been ordered by the Medical Board to temporarily cease the practice of medicine in Georgia until given permission to do so by the Medical Board.

Revoked License or Certificate: If a doctor's license has been revoked, the doctor or other health care professional has had their license to practice medicine withdrawn by the Medical Board. The doctor or provider may not practice medicine in Georgia. This is the most severe type of disciplinary action the Medical Board may render against a licensee.