The first task each January for the State of Wisconsin’s Medical Examining Board is to elect Board leadership. The three leaders of the 13-member board (10 physicians and three public members) during 2017 were all unanimously reelected to their positions for 2018. Wisconsin Medical Society members Ken Simons, MD, remains chair, Tim Westlake, MD, will continue as vice chair, and Mary Jo Capodice, DO, will serve another year as board secretary.
All three leaders have been important forces in the MEB’s proactive efforts to fight the state’s opioid crisis, including adoption of the opioid prescribing guideline and establishing a CME requirement for MEB-approved courses on that guideline.
In other matters, the Board unanimously approved pursuing legislation to merge the license renewal dates for physicians regardless of the type of medical degree. Currently physicians with an MD degree renew licenses on November 1 of odd numbered years, while DOs have their renewal on March 1 of even numbered years. This difference also causes confusion regarding the two-year CME cycle for physicians – the Society regularly receives questions asking for clarification of the timeline requirements.
Staff at the state’s Department of Safety and Professional Services—where the MEB is administered—indicated that better alignment of renewal dates could help alleviate some of the CME calendar confusion.
Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, in the Society’s government relations department for more information.
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