State report card

The report card for each state contains the scores it received when we evaluated it for how well it protects patients against sexually abusive doctors. The overall rating is the average of the score the state received in each category. In states with two medical boards, one for osteopathic physicians and the other for medical doctors, the overall rating is based on an average of each board’s scores.

Click on the boxes below to read how Wyoming did on each category — and how we calculated the score for the categories.


State rating (out of 100)

  • Board composition: 80
    Are consumer members included to balance physicians’ tendency to identify with their colleagues? More...
    A blueprint developed by The Federation of State Medical Boards recognized the importance of having independent public members on physician-dominated medical regulatory agencies. To assess the composition of disciplinary agencies, the AJC used three measures, with the most weight given to consumer representation. Top grades went to states where public members make up at least 40 percent of the board; where those members represent consumers and where neither they nor their family members have professional or financial ties to health care; and where women hold at least 40 percent of the board seats.
  • Criminal acts: 28
    Are medical regulators and law enforcement made aware of doctors’ criminal conduct? More...
    The medical profession has long recognized the power imbalance between doctors and patients. But only in recent years have states enacted three key laws to try to protect vulnerable patients from dangerous doctors. The AJC considered two of these laws the most important. Top grades went to states where physicians must undergo criminal background checks, with fingerprints, at initial license application and periodically; and where doctor-patient sexual contact has been made a criminal offense in recognition that patients cannot give meaningful consent. In addition, the AJC also rated states on whether medical boards that learn of allegations of criminal conduct must alert law enforcement.

More from Wyoming

Highlighted case

Dr. Joseph Baumstarck Jr.

In 2008, Baumstarck was accused of sexual misconduct with a patient and repeatedly selling or supplying narcotics to a known drug abuser, and other violations.

A reciprocal order from Minnesota says he was convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, a felony charge in federal court. News reports show that in a deal with prosecutors he pleaded to a single drug charge. He was sentenced to three years’ probation. He surrendered his Wyoming license in lieu of a contested case.

Researching a doctor

  • Accurate records of sexual abuse accusations against doctors are not always easily accessible. In Wyoming, the best chance of finding problems is to search the records offered by the Wyoming Board of Medicine. Please note that license search results typically include all public disciplinary actions, not just those involving sexual misconduct, and can sometimes include vague language. Also, some states deal with some disciplinary issues privately; private board orders are not included.

Complaint process

The board does not investigate anonymous complaints.

Where to file a complaint


“Disciplinary Summary License revoked 8/13/03”

— The only information listed for the board’s sanction of a doctor for whom a hearing panel found clear and convincing evidence of violations, including two counts of sexually exploiting patients, according to a news report.

Key fact

On its website, the Wyoming board provides an alphabetical list of disciplinary actions. But often the summary provides no indication of the reasons sanctions were imposed.

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