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State Board of Medicine

The State Board of Medicine regulates the practice of medicine through the licensure, registration and certification of members of the medical profession in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The Board regulates medical doctors; physician assistants; radiology technicians; respiratory therapists; nurse-midwives; acupuncturists; practitioners of oriental medicine; perfusionists; behavioral specialists; and athletic trainers.  The Board also has authority take disciplinary or corrective action against individuals it regulates.
The Board periodically reviews the character of the instruction and the facilities possessed by each of the medical colleges and other medical training facilities offering or desiring to offer medical training in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth.  The Board also reviews the facilities and qualifications of medical colleges and other medical facilities outside the Commonwealth whose trainees or graduates desire to obtain licensure, certification or graduate medical training in the Commonwealth.

Please be advised that the renewal deadline for the State Board of Medicine, State Board of Osteopathic Medicine, State Board of Physical Therapy, and State Board of Podiatry is extended until January 3, 2017 due to the holiday weekend.  You can renew your license online at
Since the implementation of Act 31 of 2014, you are now required to complete two hours of Board-Approved Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Continuing Education (Child Abuse CE) before your license can be renewed.  Licenses will only be renewed once the required Child Abuse CE is received directly and electronically from the provider.   As noted on the DOS website, while the Department's online renewal system processes renewals within 24 hours, please be advised that the Continuing Education approved providers transmit their CE results electronically to the Department at various times thus impacting how quickly a license can be renewed.  A license will not be renewed unless the Department receives proof, submitted directly and electronically from the provider, of the required continuing education.  This process can take up to seven days. If your license is close to expiration, we recommend that you check with the approved provider of your course to confirm the time-frame in which they plan to submit the results. If you have questions regarding the submission of the continuing education, please contact the approved provider directly before contacting the Board. 
You or your employer can verify the status of your license at