Disciplinary Actions Insight


What questions should I expect in my investigator interview?

Listed below are some typical items you will be questioned about during an interview conducted by an investigator from the Enforcement Division of the Department of Health Professions:

  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Education
  • Privileges
  • Credentials
  • Certifications
  • Arrests or convictions
  • Prior disciplinary history in Virginia or elsewhere
  • Other licenses in Virginia or elsewhere
  • Employment history (names, dates, supervisors, addresses)
  • Terms under which prior employment ended
  • Description of current employment
  • Current medical conditions, both physical and psychological
  • Treating physicians or therapists
  • Diagnoses
  • Treatment
  • Medications
  • Pharmacies
  • Who, what, when, and where of the alleged misconduct
  • Treatment or counseling undertaken to prevent recurrence of alleged misconduct
  • Continuing education or training undertaken to prevent recurrence of alleged misconduct

Sometimes the interviewer will ask variations on the following questions:

  • What did you do wrong?
  • What have you learned from this experience?
  • What would you have done differently?
  • What steps have you taken to keep this from happening again?

Your attorney can help you decide whether and how to answer these questions.

The investigator may ask you to sign an “Authorization for Release of Confidential Health Care Information” and an “Authorization for Release of Personnel Records”. The purpose of these forms is to help the investigator verify your account and to identify new areas of inquiry. Your attorney can help you decide whether to sign these or to make the investigator go through the subpoena process.  

After the interview, don’t worry if you feel you left out a key point. You are allowed to provide additional information and documentation.   In our experience, the investigators are reasonable about supplementation and correcting the record.