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from the State Medical Board of Ohio

The Ohio State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program is Open

The 2019 application cycle for the Ohio State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program is open. All applications must be postmarked by November 9, 2018.


The Ohio Department of Health participates in the State 30 Program to increase access to health care services for Ohio’s underserved populations. J-1 visa waivers allow foreign medical graduates to remain in the United States after completing residency/fellowship training in exchange for a three-year commitment to provide health care services in underserved areas.


For more information regarding program guidelines and application instructions, please visit:


Upcoming Office Closure

The Medical Board's office will be closed on Monday, October 8th in observance of Coumbus Day. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

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HealthScene Ohio Summer 2018 Issue Online

The final HealthScene Ohio magazine is now available. The summer 2018 issue features articles about the difference cataract surgery can make, protecting your eyes from the sun, anesthesiologist assistants role during surgery, trauma-informed care, using art and music as therapy, risks of melanoma, healthy sleep habits, alternatives to traditional vasectomies, colorectal cancer awareness, recognizing celiac disease, in utero surgical procedures and advancements in hearing aid technology.


Public Hearing Scheduled for Proposed Limited Branch Practitioners Rules

Notice of October 25, 2018 Public Hearing


A public hearing on proposed rules will be held on October 25, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in the Lobby Hearing Room, Rhodes State Office Tower, 30 E. Broad Street, 1st Floor, Columbus, OH 43215. Oral and written testimony may be presented by any person affected by the proposed rules.


Proposed rules applicable to limited branch practitioners:

4731-1-04: Scope of practice: mechanotherapy - proposed to be amended

4731-1-05: Scope of practice: massage therapy - proposed to be amended

4731-1-07: Eligibility of electrologists licensed by the Ohio state board of cosmetology to obtain licensure as cosmetic therapists pursuant to Chapter 4731. of the Revised Code and subsequent limitations - proposed to be amended

4731-1-10: Distance education - proposed to be amended

4731-1-15: Determination of standing of school, college, or institution - proposed to be amended

4731-1-17: Instructional staff in Ohio cosmetic therapy and massage therapy programs - proposed to be amended


Public Hearing Scheduled: Proposed PA Rules and Prescribing of Opioids for Subacute and Chronic Pain

Notice of September 26, 2018 Public Hearing


A public hearing on proposed rules will be conducted on September 26, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in the Lobby Hearing Room, Rhodes State Office Tower, 30 E. Broad Street, 1st Floor, Columbus, OH 43215. Oral and written testimony may be presented by any person affected by the proposed rules.


Proposed physician assistant rules:

4730-2-04 Provisional period of physician-delegated prescriptive authority - To be rescinded

47302-04 Period of on-site supervision of physician-delegated prescriptive authority - New rule

4730-2-05 Certificate to prescribe - To be rescinded

4730-2-05 Addition of valid prescriber number after initial licensure - New rule


Proposed rules to regulate the prescribing of opioid analgesics for subacute and chronic pain:

4731-11-01 Definitions - To be amended

4731-11-02 General Provisions - To be amended

4731-11-14 Prescribing for subacute and chronic pain – New rule


Click here for current chronic pain rules that are proposed to be rescinded:

4731-21-01 Definitions

4731-21-02 Utilizing prescription drugs for the treatment of chronic pain

4731-21-03 Continuing medical education

4731-21-04 Tolerance, physical dependence and addiction

4731-21-05 Violations

4731-21-06 Exceptions


August eNews

The August 2018 issue of the Medical Board's eNews is available. Here are the highlights:

  • Upcoming license renewal deadlines

  • Confidential Monitoring Program rules effective August 31, 2018

  • FY 2018 annual report

  • Drug abuse trends in Ohio

  • Did you know - licensure renewal

  • Board member reappointed

  • Certificates to Recommend (CTR)

  • Medical marijuana subject matter experts

  • CBD oil considered marijuana per federal law

  • Track your CE/CME

Click here for all of the details

Upcoming Holiday Closure

In observance of Labor Day, our office will be closed on Monday, September 3rd. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday at 8 a.m.


SMBO accepting applications for Dietetics Advisory Council seat

The State Medical Board of Ohio is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to fill the vacant educator seat on the Dietetics Advisory Council. The Board appoints the Dietetics Advisory Council to advise the Board on issues relating to the practice of dietetics. 

The statutory requirements for that seat are that the educator must have a doctoral degree and hold a regular faculty appointment in a program that prepares students to meet the requirements of R.C. 4759.06(A)(4). Note:  R.C. 4759.06(A)(4) states that one of requirements for applicant for licensure to practice dietetics is “[h]as received a baccalaureate or higher degree from an institution of higher education that is approved by the board or a regional accreditation agency that is recognized by the council on postsecondary accreditation, and has completed a program consistent with the academic standards for dietitians established by the academy of nutrition and dietetics.” 

The Dietetics Advisory Council shall meet at least four times each year. The vacant educator seat will require a commitment until April 2021 which would entail attendance at approximately 9 quarterly meetings which generally run for 1-2 hours once a quarter in Columbus. Members of the council are reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses associated with travel to Columbus for the meetings. 


At council meetings, members of the council discuss issues relating to the practice of dietetics in Ohio, and the council may submit recommendations to the Medical Board in the following areas:   

(1) Requirements for issuing a license to practice as a dietitian or as a limited permit holder, including the educational and experience requirements that must be met to receive the license or permit;
(2) Existing and proposed rules pertaining to the practice of dietetics and the administration and enforcement of this chapter;
(3) Standards for the approval of educational programs required to qualify for licensure and continuing education programs for licensure renewal;
(4) Policies related to the issuance and renewal of licenses and limited permits;
(5) Fees for the issuance and renewal of a license to practice dietetics as a licensee or as a limited permit holder;
(6) Standards of practice and ethical conduct in the practice of dietetics; and
(7) The safe and effective practice of dietetics, including scope of practice and minimal standards of care.


If you are interested in serving as the educator member of the council, please submit an application by email to by September 14, 2018. 


Click here for the application


Special Meeting on August 23, 2018

The State Medical Board of Ohio will hold a special meeting via conference call to consider acceptance of the permanent surrender of an individual’s certificate to practice. The notice can be viewed here

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July eNews Published

The July 2018 issue of the Medical Board's eNews has arrived. Here are the highlights:

  • Licensure Survey

  • Did You Know?

  • Supervision Agreement Changes

  • Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP) Updates

  • Certificates to Recommend

  • Screen for Green (Harmful Algal Blooms)

  • Track Your CE/CME

  • Website Updates

  • Hepatitis A Outbreak

Click here for all of the details