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Report of Regents Professional Practice Committee to The Board of Regents

Your Professional Practice Committee held its scheduled meeting on September 11, 2017.  All members were present, except Regent James E. Cottrell and Regent Elizabeth S. Hakanson, who were excused.  Chancellor Betty A. Rosa was also present, but did not vote on any case or action.


Professional Discipline Cases

Your Committee recommends that the reports of the Regents Review Committees, including rulings, findings of fact, determinations as to guilt, and recommendations, by unanimous or majority vote, contained in those reports which have been distributed to you, be accepted in 8 cases, with Regent Josephine Victoria Finn abstaining in three of those cases (Cal. Nos. 28138, 28139, and 29591). In addition, your Committee recommends, upon the recommendation of the Committee on the Professions, that 66 consent order applications and 22 surrender applications be granted, and further recommends that 2 summary suspension applications be granted.

These recommendations are made following the review of 98 cases involving twenty-seven registered professional nurses, twenty-one licensed practical nurses, six pharmacists, five certified public accountants, four licensed practical nurses who are also registered professional nurses, three architects, three licensed clinical social workers, three pharmacies, two clinical laboratory technologists, two dentists, two massage therapists, one chiropractor, one licensed master social worker, one licensed master social worker who is also a licensed clinical social worker, one licensed practical nurse who is also a registered professional nurse and a nurse practitioner (Adult Health), one occupational therapy assistant, one physical therapist, one podiatrist, one professional engineer, one registered professional nurse who is also a nurse practitioner (Pediatrics), one respiratory therapy technician who is also a respiratory therapist, and one veterinarian.


Your Committee recommends the following:

That the application of Richard Finder for the restoration of his license to practice as a chiropractor in New York State be denied. [PPC EXS (A) 5]

That, with four members of the committee voting acceptance of the application and with Regent Catherine Collins voting in opposition, the revocation of Safwat Youssef’s license to practice as a physician in the State of New York be stayed; that he be placed on probation for a period of two years; and that, upon successful completion of probation, his license be fully restored. [PPC EXS (A) 6]

Long-Term Clinical Clerkships [PPC EXS (A) 4]

Your Committee recommends the following: That the application of Saint Matthew’s University, Grand Cayman,  to place students in long-term clinical clerkships in New York be approved, in accordance with and subject to the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Long-term Clinical Clerkships.

That the application of Windsor University School of Medicine, St. Kitts, to place students in long-term clinical clerkships in New York be denied.


Regulations: Education Requirements for Certification as a Certified Athletic Trainer

Your Committee recommends the following: That subdivision (b) of section 79-7.2 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be amended, as submitted, effective September 27, 2017.  The amendment would eliminate, by July 1, 2022, the pathway which would allow individuals who do not have baccalaureate degrees in athletic training to meet the education requirements for New York certification as a certified athletic trainer, if they have a baccalaureate or higher degree, and meet other specified requirements. [PPC (A) 1]


Madam Chancellor and Colleagues: Your Professional Practice Committee recommends, and we move, that the Board of Regents act affirmatively upon each recommendation in the written report of the Committee's deliberations at its meeting on September 11, 2017, copies of which have been distributed to each Regent.


Your Committee discussed several topics of interest, including:

Deputy Commissioner's Report/Update 

Full Board Consent Agenda Items

  • Board (Re)Appointments
  • Licensing Petitions
  • Proposed Amendment of Section 62.8 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Continuing Education Requirements for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians 

Associated Agenda Item

Meeting Date: 
Monday, September 11, 2017 - 3:30pm