If you have lost your medical license, you may fear that your career is over. Your license revocation may have played out in public, harming your reputation. Yet you may still believe that your odds for redemption are good. You might even think you have a chance to practice medicine again.

But restoring your license depends on the circumstances of its revocation. If you’re considering reapplying for a medical license, keep these facts in mind.

Reapplying takes time

In Kentucky, a revoked medical license remains so. By law, you can petition for a new medical license after two years. The application process requires you to provide many documents, interviews and evaluations. And it considers everything from your recent conduct to your psychological soundness. You will then go through a board hearing where a panel determines your license approval.

Reapplying does not guarantee you a job

You could have difficulty finding a job even if your medical license gets approved. Your medical license may be provisional, too. This means you’ll have to practice under supervision for a time. Since you had lost your license for a time, some practices may be wary.

Reapplying is only one option

Finding work at a practice may prove difficult. In this case, you could look into other medical opportunities. Considering research or corporate jobs could prove worthwhile. These require different credentials. While the pay and prestige may differ from your past practice, the work can be as rewarding.

Reapplying for your medical license is difficult. Navigating the process alone can get tricky. And it may leave you feeling as stressed and defeated as you were after you lost it. Working with an attorney who is familiar with medical licenses can help clarify the process.