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Important Information

from the State Medical Board of Ohio

License Renewal Deadline on 1/1/18

License Renewal Deadline on 1/1/18

Licenses will expire on January 1st for physicians, massage therapists and cosmetic therapists with a last name beginning with “S.” Use the self-serve portal to renew your license at If you need assistance with your renewal, please send an email to

Upcoming Office Closures

Upcoming Office Closures

The Medical Board will be closed on the following dates in December and January:

  • December 25

  • January 1 

  • January 15

Our office will reopen at 8 a.m. on the day following each of these closures.


State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy Mistakenly Sends OARRS Email

Please be advised that the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy sent out emails this morning to approximately 7,000 prescribers indicating failure to comply with laws requiring the use of the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS).

The emails were erroneously distributed without the knowledge of the State Medical Board of Ohio, Ohio Board of Nursing or the Ohio State Dental Board and may contain inaccurate information. If you received this morning’s email, please disregard it. You do not need to take any further action at this time. The Pharmacy Board apologizes for this mistake and any concerns it may have caused. 


Board Guidance on Filing Complaints for Sexual Misconduct

All license holders are held to the highest standards of legal and ethical behavior. The medical board has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct, and encourages the public to report all instances of inappropriate behavior immediately.

Recent media coverage of sexual assaults may encourage others in Ohio to come forward, and the medical board would like to ensure that victims are aware of not only the criminal charges but also the regulatory complaints that can be filed. If a complaint to the medical board is investigated and confirmed, professionals can face disciplinary action up to license revocation and a significant fine.

Steps to take if you feel you are the victim of – or have knowledge of – inappropriate touching or other assaults by a licensed provider in Ohio:

1. Contact law enforcement, and provide full details of the misconduct that occurred.

2. File a complaint with the State Medical Board of Ohio.

Please note that complaints and investigations are confidential per Ohio law; your name will never be made public to any outside party. Formal board action against licensees is available on the board’s website.

Those who hold a license from the State Medical Board of Ohio have a duty to report peers who have violated rules, laws and ethics standards. Failure to report can result in fines of up to $20,000 and disciplinary action.

Office Closure in Observance of Veterans Day

The Medical Board's office will be closed tomorrow, November 10th, in honor of Veterans Day. The office will reopen on Monday at 8 a.m.


Licensees Invited: A Closer Look at Addiction Treatment - Ideas in Practice

Licensees Invited: A Closer Look at Addiction Treatment - Ideas in Practice

Our licensees are invited to join us for a statewide, collaborative meeting about the opioid epidemic in Ohio and the need for a continuum of care for addiction treatment. At this event, we ask you to share your thoughts with other health care leaders from across Ohio as we work to incorporate opioid treatment and evidence-based practices in a range of health care settings.


September 25, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Ohio State University’s 4-H conference center, Columbus


One of 18 additional live-stream locations across Ohio

The opioid epidemic and consequences of substance abuse are devastating the country. We must do more to end this epidemic. The continuum of care models exist to deal with substance abuse, opioid abuse and prescription pill abuse. This conference will highlight best practices, American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) Standards of Care, community partnerships and replicable models currently in practice.


AMA Credit Designation Statement:

The American Society of Addiction Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


ACCME Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The American Society of Addiction Medicine and The Office of the Attorney General of Ohio, Substance Use and Populations Health Initiatives. The American Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Please see the image above for information on the day’s agenda. To register for Columbus or one of the other statewide locations, please visit


Health Department Warns of Phone Call Scam Seeking Personal Information

Health Department Warns of Phone Call Scam Seeking Personal Information

ODH Phone Scam News Release 09012017