Your research has likely been inconclusive because it is very
difficult to find a law that does not exist! However, I have a found
a few official doccuments that require doctor in california to
disclose any felony convictions, therefore proving that they may in
fact practice with a past conviction.
"23A. Have you ever been convicted of, or pled nolo contendere to, ANY
violation (include every misdemeanor or felony) of any local, state,
or federal law of any state, territory, or U.S. federal juristiction?"
[ http://www.medbd.ca.gov/L1.pdf ]
Pg. 3 - Application for Physician's and Surgeon's License, Medical
Board of California
"(e) California felony convictions reported to the board on or after
January 1, 1991, including the nature of the conviction, the date of
conviction, the sentence, if known, the court of juristiction, and an
appropriate disclaimer, including but not limited to, the accuracy of
the infomation provided"
[ http://www.medbd.ca.gov/MBC_Regulations.pdf ]
Medical Board of California, Title 16, Article 16, 1354.5:
Requirements for Information Disclosure
Clearly, physicians may hold or apply for a licence if they have been
previously convicted of a felony, however they must describe the
conviction in detail. I am somewhat unclear as to what the January
1991 date refers to, it seems that either one does not have to report
convictions before that date, or perhaps before that date a conviction
did actually stop one from becoming a physician. If this is relevant
(namely, if your story takes place before 1991), then I can look
furher into it if necessary. Otherwise, I trust this information will
be sufficient. If you need a clarification, however, please request
one before rating this answer. Thank you for bringing your question
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