Doctor sues over failed medical exam

Michelle Massey Jul. 12, 2010, 3:58am


A Louisiana physician says a mistake by the Board of Medical Examiners cost him a year of residency.

Alleging breach of contract and negligence, Canh M. Hoang, M.D. filed suit against the National Board of Medical Examiners July 1 in federal court in New Orleans.

Dr. Hoang says the Board inaccurately reported that he had failed the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam. He first took the test in October 2008 and says he was notified in December that he had not passed.

Dr. Hoang was required to pass the exam before he could receive his medical licensure and enter a medical residency program. He says he retook the test in January 2009 but missed the deadline to begin a residency.

Eight months after retaking the national exam, Dr. Hoang received a letter from the National Board of Medical Examiners stating an undisclosed issue caused an error with the results and that he had actually passed the first exam in October.

The petitioner is seeking damages for the loss of one year's future income, employment-related benefits, fringe benefits and retirement benefits and for the incurrence of unnecessary fees, costs, time and personal expenses associated with taking the exam a second time, loss of enjoyment of life, worry, concern and anxiety, damage to Dr. Hoang's professional reputation and goodwill and special damages for the unnecessary delay in his career plus interest and costs.

Dr. Hoang is represented by Baton Rouge attorneys Douglas A. Littlejohn of Littlejohn Law Firm and Benjamin P. Mouton of McGlynn, Glisson & Mouton. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10cv01888

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