The Board consists of 13 members – 11 appointed by the Governor and two appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendations of the Speaker and President Pro Tempore. Eight of the 13 are licensed physicians, one is a licensed physician assistant (PA), one is an approved nurse practitioner (NP), and three are members of the public with no financial or professional interest in a health service or profession.
All Board members serve three-year terms. State law limits members to serving two full, consecutive terms on the Board.
The Board meets bimonthly and holds disciplinary hearings in non-meeting months, as needed. Meetings typically last 2.5 days and include committee meetings and interviews, as well as disciplinary and licensing activities. Though some Board business, such as meetings to discuss investigative or complaint information, is confidential under law, Board meetings are otherwise open to the public and media. Meeting schedules, agendas and minutes are available from the Board’s office or website.
The Board is supported by a full-time professional staff based in Raleigh. The Board is a public organization that regulates medical professionals for the state. It operates outside of the state budget process, with 100 percent of its operating budget provided by license application and renewal fees.