STATE YANKS KING COUNTY OSTEOPATH'S LICENSE FOR MISCONDUCT, SUBSTANDARD CARE
September 24, 2013
(OLYMPIA, WA) - The medical license of Maple Valley osteopathic physician Dale E. Alsager (DO) has been immediately suspended based on several charges, according to the Washington State Department of Health (WSDH).
The Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery and the Washington State Department of Health action means Alsager cannot practice medicine in the state until the charges are resolved.
"The statement of charges says Alsager did not complete a training course/residency in pain management as ordered by the board in 2008. That order prohibited Alsager from prescribing scheduled II and III controlled substances; the new charges say he ignored that requirement," says a statement from WSDH.
In addition Alsager is also charged with failing to cooperate with the investigation of a more recent complaint and Alsager has 20 days to respond to the charges.
The documents in this case can be seen online by clicking “Look up a health care provider” on the Department of Health website located at http://www.doh.wa.gov/home.aspx.
Copies of documents can be requested or complaints against health care providers in Washington can be made by calling 360-236-4700.
WHAT A DOCTOR OF OSTEOPATHY IS
The difference between an MD (medical doctor) and a DO (doctor of osteopathy) is in the approach of the medical education. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes the whole person, and the connection between the musculoskeletal system and disease and symptoms.
Osteopathic physicians cover the same curriculum as MDs at osteopathic medical schools, plus, they receive an additional 300 to 500 hours of specialized osteopathic training, studying the musculoskeletal system.
Both DOs and MDs need an undergraduate degree, plus at least four years of medical school. DOs and MDS then need to complete typically 2-6 year internship/residency program, pass state licensing exams, and obtain continuing education to remain certified. Like MDs, DOs can specialize in particular areas of medicine.
Osteopathic medical schools tend to emphasize primary care training, so more than half of the osteopathic physicians in practice are in the fields of pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology and internal medicine.
The Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery regulates Osteopathic physicians in Washington. The program establishes, monitors, and enforces qualifications for licensing, consistent standards of practice, continuing competency mechanisms and discipline.