Oh, but Dr. Choy's story was just getting started. Fearing this mistake would spell the end of his career, Choy made the infinitely more career-ending decision to lie like a kid who just got a bad report card at school. Which is to say, he altered his patient's records to make it look like he had warned her about the tumor. He just grabbed an old document and scrawled "possible malignant tumor" on it, which is spectacularly illegal.
It says that or "dirigible soylent (tm)" -- we're not sure.
Of course, since you're reading about this, you've already guessed that this guy got caught: A judge wrote that it was an "undisputed fact" that Choy altered medical records. And then ... nothing really happened. The court ordered Choy's license to be taken away, but it was reinstated five minutes later in recognition of his 40 years of practice and squeaky-clean record -- even though this wasn't his first rodeo. In 1998, the New York board ordered Choy to surrender his license after being caught claiming he was board-certified, even though he wasn't. He gave up his license without a second thought ... because what the hell, he had three more. It totally slipped Choy's mind to inform the states of Arizona, Florida, and New Jersey of his uncertified-ness until they discovered the deception on their own, for which they administered the same little wrist slap to the guy.
This time, Choy is being forced to pay a fee and attend a class on ethics, but, considering this is the second time he got away with lying his ass off, we're guessing those classes aren't likely to sink in. Let's just hope the third time's a charm.