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Board of Medicine

 

NOTICE OF DELIVERY SERVICE DELAYS

DC Health is experiencing delays in mail availability due to the impact of COVID-19 on the US postal service.

We appreciate your patience as we continue to process all mail in as timely a manner as possible.

 

 

***RENEWAL UPDATE***

RENEWALS ARE NOW LIVE!  Licensees can access the renewal portal by going to https://dohlicenseinfo.secure.force.com/dchealthrenewals/ and logging in with their user credentials from the last renewal.  Licensees renewing for the first time will need to register/sign-up first.  For more information, please review the User Guide HERE.

 

COVID-19 Vaccines Webinar

Dr. Marc Siegel from DC's Scientific Advisory Committee did a webinar providing an overview of the COVID-19 vaccine process.  The webinar has been approved by the Board of Medicine for one (1) Continuing Education credit, and can be found online HERE.  There is no cost or registration required for this webinar.

 

License Renewal Overview Webinar

In preparation for this renewal, the DC Board of Medicine partnered with the Medical Society of the District of Columbia on a live webinar outlining updates to the online renewal system and the various requirements.  For those who were unable to attend the live webinar can view the recording on the MSDC Youtube page HERE, or watch the embedded video below (skip to the 20 minute mark for an overview of the new renewal system).

                                                                                              

 

 

 

***COVID 19 UPDATES***

COVID-19 Guidance and Best Practices

For the most up to date information on the District's response to COVID-19, including information on best practices, licensure waivers, and recommended guidelines, please go to coronavirus.dc.gov.

 Due to ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately, the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is implementing a 100% telework policy and will be available for mail services only. 

Walk In Services

DC Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) Processing Center will be open to the public by appointment only on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The online appointment scheduler is http://appts.dcvsims.com.

 

Scheduled Appointments:

  • Masks are required. Customers must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth before entering the building.
  • Only the appointment holder and one additional guest will be allowed into the Processing Center.
  • Appointment holders will be given a 15 minute grace period. If you arrive after the grace period, you may be asked to reschedule your appointment in consideration of other scheduled customers.
  • If you cannot select highlighted days on the calendar, all appointments have been booked for this month. Please check the next month.
  • If the calendar does not advance to the next month, there are no future appointments available at this time. Please check back later.

 

All HRLA related applications should be mailed to one of the lockboxes listed here. Individuals may also call the Processing Center at 1 (877) 672-2174 to get an update on their pending applications.

 

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all Health Professional Board meetings are currently held virtually. Please check each board's respective website for information on when the next meeting will take place. If you are already in contact with a Health Licensing Specialist (HLS), please forward any documents to said HLS via email.

 

If you require assistance from the Board of Medicine, please contact the following individuals by email:

Service Staff Email Address
Licensure Ms. Mary Harris [email protected]
Licensure Ms. Angela Braxton [email protected]
Licensure/Verifications Mr. Charles Annor [email protected]
Complaints/Discipline Ms. Lisa Robinson [email protected]

 

Licensure Waivers

In response to COVID-19, DC Health has waived all licensure requirements for practitioners who are licensed in good standing in another jurisdiction.  You can read more about the waiver process HERE.


Mission Statement

"To protect and enhance the health, safety, and well-being of District of Columbia residents by promoting evidence-based best practices in health regulation, high standards of quality care and implementing policies that prevent adverse events."


Established in 1879, the DC Board of Medicine (BoMed), a division within the DC Department of Health, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA), has the responsibility to regulate the practice of medicine (MD/DO) in the District of Columbia.

The Board accepts applications for licensure through national examination; waiver of national examination; reactivation of an inactive license; reinstatement of an expired, suspended, or revoked license, or by eminence pursuant to the Health Occupations Revision Act (HORA). All applicants for licensure must establish, to the Board’s satisfaction, that they possess the appropriate skills, knowledge, judgment, and character to practice medicine in the District of Columbia. In addition, applicants must demonstrate to the Board that they are proficient in understanding and communicating medical concepts and information in English. 

The Board also oversees the regulation of Trauma Technologists, Physician Assistants, Naturopathic Physicians, Anesthesiology Assistants, Acupuncturists, Surgical Assistants, Polysomnographers, and Postgraduate Physicians in Training.  Regulation is achieved through the application process; the disciplinary process and through outreach and educational activities.  

Members of the Board are appointed by the Mayor and serve a three year term for a maximum of three terms. The Board issues a quarterly newsletter that provides up-to-date information on the Board's current activities.  

The Board meets on the last Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Open session is from 8:30 am - 9:30 am and members of the public are invited to join the Board.  If you would like to present a topic, you must schedule a time to be placed on the agenda. Contact Lisa Robinson at [email protected]. Executive session is closed to the public.


New Licensure Lookup

DC Health has implemented a new licensure lookup system, which can be accessed HERE.


Continuing Education Requirements

Regulations have been implemented and/or proposed for all professions under the Board of Medicine which will require licensees to complete at least 10% of their required total continuing education hours in topics identified by the Director of the Department of Health as public health priorities.  For example, physicians have a fifty (50) hour requirement so at least five (5) hours must be in a topic designated as a public health priority.  The Director of the Department of Health has now issued a notice identifying acceptabled public health priorities, a copy of which can be found online HERE.  This new requirement will go into effect for the next renewal cycle covering 01/01/2021 to 12/31/2022.

The current CE requirements are outlined below:

  • Physicians (MD/DO) - Fifty (50) hours of CE every two (2) years, which includes two (2) hours in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency, and at least one (1) course in the subject of pharmacology.
  • Physician Assistants (PA) - One hundred (100) of CE every two (2) years, which includes includes two (2) hours in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency.  PAs may substitute NCCPA certification for the one hundred (100) hours, however, they will still be required to complete the required hours of CE in the subject area of LGBTQ cultural competency.
  • Naturopathic Physicians (NP) - Thirty (30) hours of CE, which includes two (2) hours of CE in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency.
  • Surgical Assistants (SA) - Fifty (50) hours of CE, which includes two (2) hours of CE in the in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency.  SAs may substitute certification from ABSA or the NSAA, if said certification required the completion of fifty (50) hours of CE with the two (2) year period proceeding renewal.  However, they will still be required to complete the required hours of CE in the subject area of LGBTQ cultural competency.
  • Anesthesiologist Assistants (AA) - Hold certification with the NCCAA, or its successor organization, as well as having completed at least two (2) of CE in the in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency
  • Acupuncturists (ACU) - Thirty (30) hours of CE, which includes at least two (2) hours of CE in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency.  For licensees with a certification in Chinese Herbology, at least ten (10) of the total thirty (30) hours need to be in the topic of chinese herbology.
  • Polysomnographic Technologists - Twenty (20) hours of CE, which includes at least two (2) hours of CE in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency.
  • Polysomnographic Technicians - Twenty (20) hours of CE, which includes at least two (2) hours of CE in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency.
  • Trauma Technologists - Fifty (50) hours of CE, which includes at least two (2) hours of CE in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency.

In addition to the above requirements, we are providing the below list of courses available to licensees to acquire the necessary hours in the subject of LGBTQ:

Lastly, for those physicians in need of CME related to pharmacology and/or prescribing, or any other CEs, DC Health offers several free programs via the DC Center for Rational Prescribing.  You can access the DC Center for Rational Prescribing here.

 


 
Board of Medicine FY 2021 Meeting Dates:
October 28, 2020
December 17, 2020
January 27, 2021
February 24, 2021
March 31, 2021
April 28, 2021
May 26, 2021
June 30, 2021
July 28, 2021
September 25, 2021
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Service Contact: 
Department of Health Board of Medicine
Contact TTY: 
711
Contact Suite #: 
First Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Service Location: 

Health, Department of

GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE
City: 
Washington
State: 
DC
Zip: 
20002