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In January 2021, the Oregon Medical Board formed a Workgroup on Sexual Misconduct that was charged with reviewing statutes, rules, and policies regarding the board's approach to sexual misconduct allegations and enforcement. The Workgroup held a series of public meetings in February, March, and April 2021, and was composed of three public Board members and two licensee Board members. During the October 2021 Board meeting, the Board voted to reconvene the Sexual Misconduct Workgroup at a later date to focus on rulemaking details and further development of an informational brochure. The reconveined Workgroup held a second series of public meetings in November 2021, January and March 2022, and is was comprised of three public Board members and four licensee Board members whose current practice includes conducting sensitive exams.
Workgroup recommendations are expected to be presented to the June 8th Administrative Affairs Committee and to the full Board in July.
Complaints of sexual misconduct will be investigated and expedited.
Notices of Proposed Discipline will include the term “sexual misconduct" rather than the non-specific term “unprofessional conduct."
The Board will take oral comments on the updated proposed rule at a public hearing via videoconference on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on August 24, 2022. To participate in the public hearing, see the rulemaking information sheet and rulemaking notice.
The Board filed a permanent rule on October 13, 2021, see
OAR 847-001-0024(3). This will provide continuous monitoring and ensure the Board receives timely notice of any additional actions and does not reflect on the licensee’s NPDB record.
Board staff drafted a brochure for review by the Workgroup at their next meeting.
Letter was mailed to letters to law enforcement and district attorneys agencies in January 2022.
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