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Simons elected chair
of Medical Examining Board

The State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) unanimously elected Ken Simons, MD, as chair of the MEB during its monthly meeting in Madison on Wednesday. Doctor Simons, who had been serving as vice-chair, replaces Sheldon Wasserman, MD, whose term on the MEB expired in June. Tim Swan, MD, was elected vice-chair. All are Wisconsin Medical Society members.

In other actions Wednesday, the MEB:

  • Approved beginning a process for drafting an administrative rule clarifying the MEB’s ability to perform random audits of license-holders’ compliance with continuing education (CE) requirements. According to the approved scope statement, the audit “would verify whether licensees had completed the 30 hours of required continuing education during the 2 calendar years preceding the calendar year for which application for registration was made. Furthermore, licensees would be required to maintain evidence of compliance for 4 years.”
  • Discussed whether the current 30 hours of continuing medical education (CME) every two years requirement should be modified to ensure a percentage of the physician’s CME is “relevant” to that physician’s practice. After some discussion, the MEB members’ temperature on the idea was deemed “lukewarm” due to the complexities of monitoring CME at that level.
  • Adopted additional language as part of the continuing revamp of MED 8, the administrative code chapter related to physician assistants (PAs). In June, the MEB approved a motion requiring that a physician providing supervision for a patient be “readily identifiable”; this month, the MEB clarified that the PA will have that responsibility “through procedures commonly employed in the physician assistant’s practice.”

For more information, e-mail Mark Grapentine, JD, in the Society’s Government Relations Department.

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