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from the State Medical Board of Ohio

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.

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HealthScene Ohio - Fall 2017 Issue Available

HealthScene Ohio, the Medical Board’s quarterly magazine, is now available. The fall 2017 issue features articles showing how Ohio is combating the opioid epidemic, obtaining better health with diabetes, the many forms of Oriental Medicine, vaccinations for adults, a clinic dedicated to migrant workers, aging gracefully with geriatric medicine, medical response during disasters, addressing heart failure, improving health literacy, developing more effective treatments for MS and preventing misdiagnosis in emergency medicine.


Cosmetic Therapy Exam Set for December 18

The date of the next Cosmetic Therapy exam is Monday, December 18, 2017. The application must be submitted before 5 p.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017. Click here for information and to submit an application.

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.


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Take Charge Ohio Campaign Launches

We’ve developed and launched the public awareness campaign, “Take Charge Ohio: Manage Pain, Prevent Medication Abuse” with the Ohio Department of Health and several other state licensing boards and agencies. The campaign is aimed at our prescribers, their patients and the general public. The campaign offers our prescribers various resources they can use to properly educate their patients on the safe and responsible use of pain medication and pain management treatment. The free resources and tools include: videos, brochures, flyers and FAQs. Visit the website for all the information:


Prescribing for Acute Pain - FAQs Available

On August 31, 2017 new rules became effective for prescriptions written for the treatment of acute pain. The State Medical Board of Ohio has compiled a collection of the most frequently asked questions. Guidance based upon those inquiries are now available on the Prescriber Resources page. Click here for a direct link.


The October Issue of eNews is Available

The October 2017 issue of the Medical Board's eNews has arrived. Here are the highlights:

  • Physician CME Deadline Changes

  • CME Audit Process Update

  • Terminal Distributor License for Office-Based Opioid Treatment

  • Prescribing for Acute Pain - Additional Guidance Available

  • Guidance for Rule 4731-11-09 Prescribing to Patients Not Seen by the Physician

  • National Drug Take Back Day

  • Monthly Formal Action Reports

  • November Holiday Closures

Click here for all of the details.


New Video - How to Complete a Training Certificate Application

All license applications are processed online in the eLicense portal. Learn how to complete a training certificate application easily in the portal.


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The September Issue of eNews is Available

The September 29, 2017 issue of the Medical Board's eNews has arrived. Highlights:

  • Physician Licensure Fee Reduced – Training Certificates Valid Three Years

  • Acute Pain Rules – Video and Fact Sheet

  • Informed Consent for Investigational Drug, Product or Device

  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Workforce Development

  • Terminal Distributor License for Office-Based Opioid Treatment

  • License Renewal Reminders

  • BWC Exhibitors Wanted

  • Proposed Limited Branch and Physician CME Rules

Click here for all of the details.


Board Seeks Comments Regarding Proposed Physician CME Rules

Public comment is being sought on the following proposed Medical Board rules filed with the Common Sense Initiative Office. The Business Impact Analysis and the proposed rules can be found by clicking on the links below.

Comments on any of the rules should be submitted no later than October 16, 2017 to both the Medical Board ( And the Common Sense Initiative Office (

Physician CME Rules
Proposed amendments permit physicians to earn up to 33 hours of Category 2 CME credit per renewal cycle for providing volunteer health services to indigent or uninsured patients and the documentation requirements needed to claim this credit.

4731-10-02 Requisite hours of continuing medical education for license renewal or reinstatement
4731-10-08 Evidence of continuing medical education.
4731-10-09 Continuing medical education requirement for mid-term licensees.
4731-10-10 Continuing medical education requirements following licensure restoration.