A couple of questions to consider:
When does your license expire?
Do you have the checks and balances in place to make sure you start the renewal process in plenty of time to stay current and legal?
Think it will never happen to you?
If you think it can't possibly happen to you, just check the Medical Board Examiners monthly disciplinary report and see how often it happens to some of our peers who probably thought the same way. The process is easy, but takes about a month to complete and it's OUR responsibility to make sure all the t's are crossed and all i's dotted in plenty of time to avoid any lapses.
The "our administrative lady forgot" or "the application was lost in the summer mail" excuse won't cut it; the State board doesn't play. All therapy charges are dropped, we can't work and then there's that little thing called a fine. By the way, did you know the fine is up to $1,000.00???
The Medical Board, like us, is fully committed to the safety of all under our care and working on an expired license is illegal practice. At the end of the day it's not complicated; its just professionals being professional.