I'm a premed and some friends and I are interested in organizing a group of med students/faculty to appeal to change questions in our state's (AL) licensure application that currently violate the ADA. I saw this publication that shows AL to be in violaton of the ADA, but the new application has since changed. Could I get a gauge from current med students/residents/physicians on the current questions? I emailed some folks who can comment on whether they're still in violation of the ADA, but I'm curious to know if current HCP still think they are unreasonable. Thanks!
Here they are:
1) "Within the past five years, have you ever raised the issue of consumption of drugs or alcohol or the issue of a mental, emotional, nervous, or behavioral disorder or condition as a defense, mitigation, or explanation for your actions in the course of any administrative or judicial proceeding or investigation; any inquiry or other proceeding; or any proposed termination by an educational institution; employer; government agency; professional organization; or licensing authority?"
2) "Are you currently* engaged in the excessive use of alcohol, controlled substances, or the use of illegal drugs, or received any therapy or treatment for alcohol or drug use, sexual boundary issues or mental health issues? (If you are an anonymous participant in the Alabama Physician Health Program and are in compliance with your contract, you may answer “no” to this question, such answer for this purpose will not be deemed upon certification as providing false information to the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners or the Medical Licensure Commission of Alabama) If you answer “Yes”, then a description is required.
IMPORTANT: The Board recognizes that licensees encounter health conditions, including those involving mental health and substance use disorders, just as their patients and other health care providers do. The Board expects its licensees to address their health concerns and ensure patient safety. Options include anonymously self-referring to the Alabama Physician Health Program (334-954-2596), a physician advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and wellness of medical professionals in a confidential manner. The failure to adequately address a health condition, where the licensee is unable to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety to patients, can result in the Board taking action against the license to practice medicine"
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