Thank you for your interest in serving as a member on the Oregon Medical Board.
Maintaining the privilege of self-regulation relies on an actively engaged medical community. You can help strengthen the medical profession in Oregon and provide an important public service to Oregonians by participating with the Oregon Medical Board. The OMB aims to amplify diverse voices and experiences from all parts of Oregon.
Opportunities to serve include:
- Expert consultant, reviewing cases in your specialty area
- Committee member, serving on the Acupuncture Advisory Committee or EMS Advisory Committee
- Board member, serving as one of the 11 licensed medical professionals or 3 public representatives who act as final decision makers in regulatory matters
There are many reasons you may consider serving on the Oregon Medical Board. Maybe you are interested in learning more about the Board and how it operates. You may wish to serve the public and “give back” to others. You may see serving on the Board as a way to impact an issue that is important to you, or to ensure the quality of health care provided to Oregonians. There are more reasons to serve than there are Board members, and it is likely you are considering service for a combination of reasons. Whatever your motivation, it is important to remember that if you are appointed to the Oregon Medical Board, you will serve all Oregonians. Board members should seek input from all interested parties and carefully consider their concerns and different points of view. However, your primary responsibility as a Board member would always be to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the general public.
Board members provide a critical public service for patients and their families by evaluating qualifications for the licensure of Medical Doctors (MD), Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), Physician Assistants (PA), and Acupuncturists (LAc). Board members are also charged with reviewing allegations that a licensee has engaged in unprofessional conduct or is impaired or incompetent.
Members of the Board are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate for a three-year term; members may be reappointed for a second term. Of the 14 Board members, there are seven MDs, two DOs, one DPM, one PA, and three members of the public who represent patients.
Individuals interested in becoming a member of the Oregon Medical Board should review the
Board Member Candidate Outline. To request additional information, please contact Gretchen Kingham, OMB Executive Assistant, at
For more detailed information about the appointment process, please visit the State's
Boards & Commissions website.
Applications to serve on the Board must be submitted online, via
Oregon Job Opportunities. In addition to completing the application, candidates must submit a CV and bio.
Two advisory committees assist the Board in supervising health programs under the purview of the Board. A Board member is assigned to each advisory committee.
Acupuncture Advisory Committee – This committee is composed of three acupuncturists, two physicians, and a Board member. The committee makes recommendations to the Board on licensing, investigations, education, and issues related to acupuncture in Oregon. It meets twice a year, in June and December, with additional meetings or conference calls if necessary. The term of office for committee members is three years. The Board must ratify all committee actions.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Advisory Committee – This committee is composed of two physicians, three EMS providers, a Board member, and a public member. It meets in February, May, August, and November. The committee is responsible for reviewing and recommending changes to the scope of practice for first responders, EMS providers, and EMS supervising physicians. The committee does not make recommendations on licensing or investigations, as these services are administered and regulated by the Oregon Health Authority.
The EMS Advisory Committee also makes recommendations to the Board for physician nominees to the State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Committee, which is under the purview of Oregon Health Authority.
Individuals interested in serving on an advisory committee may contact Gretchen Kingham, OMB Executive Assistant, at
If you are interested in serving Oregonians with the Oregon Medical Board but are unable to meet the time commitment of a Board or Committee member, please consider enrolling as an
expert consultant for the Board.