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 North Dakota did on each category — and how we calculated the score for the categories.
In what was termed a nondisciplinary stipulation, the neurosurgeon agreed to cease the practice of medicine while a criminal case against him proceeds.
A separate board order states that in October 2015, he was charged with one count of gross sexual imposition and two counts of luring minors by computer or other electronic means.
According to news reports, Eichler is accused of using Snapchat to communicate with two 13-year-olds. He has pleaded not guilty, and a trial is set for August. The board indefinitely suspended his license in March 2016. Eichler told the AJC that the allegations do not involve patient care.
“[H]e also threatened this patient with harm should she disclose this relationship, and pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge for doing so.”
— Findings of the medical board in the 2013 case of a doctor found to have had a sexual relationship with a patient and a past history of being released from employment at two institutions for sexual relationships with staff.
The board requires that complaints about physicians be signed. “It makes it just about impossible to investigate and prove a case without the most important witness to what happened,” the board says on its website.
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