September 2020 eNews from SMBO
License renewals

Due to COVID-19, your license expiration may have been extended to December 1, 2020.


Although the state emergency has not been lifted, the December 1, 2020 deadline is approaching and will be enforced. By law, you will need to renew your license by December 1, 2020 for your license to remain active.

As a reminder, your renewal schedule has not changed, even though you were permitted to renew your license later than usual. For example, if your normal license renewal was due on June 30, 2020, your next renewal date will be on June 30, 2022, regardless of when you renew during the extension period.


To renew your license, log into your account at Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions or need any assistance during the renewal process.

September is National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized annually in September to encourage family and community disaster planning not only for a month, but throughout the year. As our state and nation continue to respond to COVID-19, National Preparedness Month is an ideal time for Ohioans to ensure they are prepared for any disaster, including a pandemic. This year's theme for NPM is "Disasters Don't Wait. Make Your Plan Today." Visit ReadyOhio for additional information on emergency safety and preparedness. 
Newly Adopted Rules
Physician Assistant Rules - effective 9/30
Respiratory Care Rules - effective 9/30
Proposed Rules Under Review
Eligibility for Licensure - comments due 9/25
COVID-19 Updates

Massage therapy
The Ohio Department of Health released guidance that permits couples massage provided that massage tables are spaced 8 feet apart. The updated Responsible RestartOhio Sector-Specific Operating Requirements are available on the Medical Board's website here.

Ohio licensure during the state of emergency

The Medical Board has received many inquiries regarding temporary licensure during the state emergency. Please be aware, Ohio law does not currently offer emergency or temporary licensure for out-of-state physicians. Unless an exemption applies (Ohio Revised Code 4731.36), physicians must hold an active Ohio license to practice medicine in the state of Ohio.


No-cost COVID-19 testing sites are available throughout Ohio. This map lists a combination of private companies, retail sites, Community Health Centers, and pop-up sites offering testing.

Trusted Resources

Provider Wellness Resources

Text 4HOPE to 741 741
Or log onto

Electronic Death Certification Available

All Ohio physicians may request to electronically complete and sign/certify the cause of death for Ohio records in the Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS).  Switching to electronic certification eliminates in-person contact for funeral homes, medical providers, and local health districts, provides work queues in EDRS showing physicians at a glance all death records needing action, and allows immediate registration of death records upon certification.  For questions or to sign up for electronic certification contact the Ohio Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics at VS.Helpdesk@odh.ohio.govRead the Medical Board's policy statement and FAQs here.

Board seeks subject matter experts
The State Medical Board of Ohio contracts with qualified medical experts for quality of care reviews. The board is currently seeking experts in family medicine, internal medicine and pain management. Potential experts should have a clinical practice within Ohio and be board-certified for a minimum of five years. If interested, email your CV to
Board seeks Physician Assistant Policy Committee member
The Physician Assistant Policy Committee is in need of a consumer member. The applicant must not be affiliated with any health care profession to serve as a council member. Interested applicants can send their resume to

Office closure

The State Medical Board’s offices will be closed on Monday, October 12 in observance of the state holiday.


Health News Ohio
The summer issue of the Medical Board's Health News Ohio magazine is available online.


October 14

November 10 (Tuesday)
December 9
Meetings will be shared via livestream

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EMS public record exemptions

The board is updating its contact information in accordance with Ohio law. Please take a moment to complete* the short survey if you work as:

  • An EMS medical director
  • An EMS Regional Physician Advisory Board (RPAB) member
  • A correctional institution employee
  • A youth services employee

*If you have already completed the survey, you do not need to complete it again.

Update Your Address
Medical Board licensees are required to give notice of a change of address (residence, business or electronic) no later than 30 days after the change occurs. 

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Monthly Formal Action Report

Review summaries of the disciplinary actions initiated, and the disciplinary sanctions imposed by the Medical Board at its monthly meeting. An individual's license information can be found on


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