Frequently Asked Questions – Public Information/Disclosure

  1. Can you tell me if this physician assistant has any complaints?

    No. Complaints are not public information since they are just allegations; if a complaint results in discipline, that action is public. To determine if a physician assistant has been disciplined, view their profile through the DCA License Search.

  2. What does "probation completed" mean?

    This means that the Board took administrative action against a physician assistant and required that he/she fulfill some terms and conditions (or monitoring) for a period of time. The notation "probation completed" means the physician assistant completed the terms and conditions and has been released from the probation. You may obtain the documents describing the action taken against the physician assistant from our website or the Central File Room. The documents outline all of the terms and conditions that the Board imposed on the licensee and describe the reasons for that action. If you have any questions, you can reach an enforcement analyst at (916) 576-2676.

  3. What is the section of law that identifies what information about a physician assistant the Board is required to disclose to the public?

    Sections 803.1 and 2027 of the Business & Professions Code identify what information the Board is authorized to disclose to the public. If you would like to review these sections of law, they are available on the California Legislative Information website.

  4. What constitutes a citation and who issues citations and fines?

    The Citation and Fine Program is an alternative method by which the Physician Assistant Board can impose a sanction and take an administrative action against a licensed or unlicensed individual found in violation of a law or regulation governing the practice of medicine. The Board has authority to issue citations and fines to physician assistants for specified violations of law. Citations are not discipline, although they are public record. A copy of the citation is a public record and is posted on the website, and must be provided to the public for three years from the date of resolution.