If you hold a medical license in the State of Ohio, you are required to notify the State Medical Board of Ohio of any change in your address. This can be done in a number of ways:
1) Go to the following link:http://med.ohio.gov/pdf/OnLineChangeOfAddress.pdf
2) Contacting the CME/Records section of the Medical Board at 614-644-1464 and providing the Board with your change of address; or
Once you change your address, check back to the Board website after about 72 hours to verify that your change of address was properly recorded.
Why is it so important to make sure the Medical Board has your most up to date contact information? If the Board has any questions or concerns that need to be addressed by you, it will send the information to your “address of record”. If you are the subject of an investigation or if you are subjected to a random CME audit, the letters of inquiry will be sent to your address of record.
It is important to note, you are generally provided with a short period of time (generally 30 days) to respond to Board inquiries. Failure to respond may result in an adverse action against your license. For example, in a disciplinary proceeding, if you are notified by mail that the Board proposes to take a disciplinary action against your license for an alleged violation of the Medical Practice Act, under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 119, you have thirty (30) day from the date the notice was MAILED to you to request a hearing. If you fail to request a hearing in a timely manner, the Medical Board will take a disciplinary action (including possibly a suspension or revocation of your license) without considering your side of the story.
In addition, if the Medical Board takes a disciplinary action against a licensee and the Board is unable to provide the licensee with a copy of the final Adjudication Order (ie. if the Board does not have your current address) then the Board is required to PUBLISH the disciplinary action in your local newspaper.
It only takes a minute. You should check with the Board at www.license.ohio.gov to verify that the Board has your current address. If it doesn’t, please follow the prompts listed above to update your address with the Board.
As always, if you have any questions about this post or about the State Medical Board in general, please feel free to contact me at (614) 486-3909 or email me at email@example.com.