May I visit the offices of the Board?
Board Meetings and Hearings are open to the public, though some business is conducted in closed session in accordance with state law. Visitors are expected to sign in at the front desk.
Other visits to the Board’s offices should by appointment. The Board operates a secure facility. Visitors who arrive unannounced may not be admitted to the building.
What is the correct mailing address for the Board?
You may use either the Board’s street address or P.O. Box address to send mail to the Board. However, if you are sending a package or envelope via FedEx, you MUST send it to the street address.
The Board’s street address is:
1203 Front Street
Raleigh, NC, 27609-7533
The Board’s P.O. Box address is:
P.O. Box 20007
Raleigh, NC, 27619-0007
Are Board meetings and hearings open to the public?
Yes, though certain portions of meetings or hearings may be closed. For example, certain committees of the Board, such as those that discuss investigative matters or pending complaints, are closed to the public. However, many agenda items of interest to the public, such as disciplinary hearings or presentations of settled disciplinary cases, are conducted in open session.
How often does the North Carolina Medical Board meet?
The full Board meets every other month in the odd-numbered months (i.e., January, March, May). The Board holds hearings in disciplinary cases in even-numbered months (i.e. February, April, June). The Board’s meeting schedule is published on this Web site and meeting agendas and hearing dockets are posted on the site in accordance with open meeting laws, typically 48 hours before a meeting or hearing. Meetings are typically scheduled over three full days (usually Wednesday, Thursday and Friday).
How long may a Board member serve?
Board members may serve up to two consecutive three-year terms.
How are Board members chosen?
The Governor of North Carolina appoints all members of the Board. The Governor has the authority to directly appoint the Board’s three public members (North Carolina citizens with no ties to medicine or the health care industry) and one member who, by statute, must be either a physician who practices integrative medicine or is on the faculty of one of the state’s academic medical centers. Seven physicians Board members and one member who is either a physician assistant or nurse practitioner are nominated by an independent panel and then appointed by the Governor. The panel includes representatives from physician, nursing and physician assistant groups and also includes one sitting public member of the Board.
What is the North Carolina Medical Board and what does it do?
The North Carolina Medical Board is made up of 13 individuals, including eight physicians, who are charged with licensing and regulating doctors, physician assistants and certain other medical professionals. The Board’s primary mission is to protect the public. It screens candidates for licensure, issues licenses to qualified professionals, develops rules and positions that guide its licensees and, when necessary, disciplines its licensees.
What medical professionals does the Board license and regulate?
The Board issues licenses to medical doctors (MDs), doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs), physician assistants (PAs), certified clinical perfusionists and anesthesiologist assistants, and regulates their practice. It approves the practice of nurse practitioners and clinical pharmacist practitioners and jointly regulates those professions with the NC Board of Nursing and NC Board of Pharmacy, respectively.
Does the Medical Board receive funding from state or local governments?
No. One hundred percent of the Board’s operating revenue comes from fees paid by its licensees, including license application and annual renewal fees.
Is the North Carolina Medical Board part of state government?
No. The medical board is an independent agency that regulates the practice of medicine and surgery on behalf of the state of North Carolina. Medical Board employees are not on the state payroll and do not qualify for state benefits or retirement.