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Board of Medicine

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 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 10:30am-11:30am 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 lisaa.robinson@dc.gov. Executive session is closed to the public.

Board of Medicine FY 2016 Meeting Dates are October 28, 2015; November 25, 2015; December 30, 2015;January 27, 2016; February 24, 2016; March 30, 2016; April 27, 2016; May 25, 2016; June 29, 2016; July 27. 2016; September 28, 2016;October 26, 2016;November 30, 2016; December 28, 2016.

  Use the below links to view the calendar, agendas and meeting minutes.  

BoMed Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid CME Activity Presentation Slides-September 24, 2014

DC Board of Medicine Physician and Physician Assistant Workforce Capacity Report 2.0 - 2012

DC Board of Medicine Physician and Physician Assistant Workforce Capacity Report - 2010

BoMed Calendar and Meeting Agendas                              

Past Open Session Minutes

BoMed Application Package (MD and DO) Physician Profile Update Health Occupations Revision Act (HORA)
BoMed Postgraduate Physician Medical Training Application (MTL and MTR)

BoMed Best-Practice Guidelines, Policy and Position Statements

BoMed FY2010 Annual Report [PDF]
BoMed Application Status Verification Acupuncturists License Renewal
BoMed Calendar and Meeting Agenda Anesthesiologists Assistants Search for a Health Professional
BoMed Members Naturopathic Physicians Board Newsletter

Controlled Substance Registration

Polysomnographers Fee Schedule
Criminal Background Check Physician Assistants NEW Reporting Requirements
Disciplinary Actions Taken Surgical Assistants File a Complaint
Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Adverse Event Reporting Form Complaint Review and Investigations Process
Get a Verification of your License Reporting a Name or Address Change Customer Satisfaction Evaluation Form (New Licensee)
Physician Profile Search DC Municipal Regulations for Medicine Disclaimer


Service Contact: 
Department of Health Board of Medicine
Contact Phone: 
(877) 672-2174
Contact Fax: 
(202) 724-5145
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
First Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 4:30 pm
Service Location: 

Health, Department of

GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE