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February 9, 1976

Medical DisciplinePart VII. The Offenses

JAMA. 1976;235(6):651-652. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260320057032

INASMUCH as the preceding article in this series dealt with the concept.of generic offenses, this article will describe some of the specific offenses that are commonly listed in medical practice act disciplinary provisions.

Criminal Conduct  Perhaps the most common specific offense listed in state medical practice acts is conviction of a crime. In some acts, the criminal conviction must be for a felony; in others, it must involve moral turpitude. In some states, the criminal conviction must be for a felony and must involve moral turpitude.Statutory provisions regarding disciplinary action for conviction of crime are generally clear and unequivocal. For this reason, they are not often the subject of litigation. In a recent Illinois case,1 however, the physician whose license had been revoked for commission of a felony argued that his felony conviction was in a federal court under federal law and that the same conduct was not