"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.
Board of Medicine FY 2016 Meeting Dates:
October 26, 2016
November 30, 2016
December 28, 2016
January 25, 2017
February 22, 2017
March 29, 2017
April 26, 2017
May 31, 2017
June 28, 2017
July 26, 2017
August 30, 2017
September 27, 2017
Additional Resources and information
Applying for a Medical License
BoMed Application Package (MD and DO)
BoMed Postgraduate Physician Medical Training Application (MTL and MTR)
Criminal Background Check
BoMed Application Status
Controlled Substance Registration (processed by Board of Pharmacy)
Malpractice Claims Form
Customer Satisfaction Evaluation Form (New Licensee)
Board Information and Reports
BoMed Physician and Physician Assistant Workforce Capacity Reports
BoMed FY2010 Annual Report
BoMed Best-Practice Guidelines Policy andf Position Statements
BOMed Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid CME Activity Presentation Slides-September 24, 2014
Health Occupations Revision Act (HORA)
DC Municipal Regulations for Medicine