Committees

The following lists and briefly describes committees of the North Carolina Medical Board.

The Executive Committee is comprised of five members:  the President, Past-President, President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer and Member at Large.  This Committee is responsible for overseeing all of the Board’s finances including audits, investments, financial statements, cash management, and the annual budget.  This Committee handles matters that require immediate attention between Board meetings. The Executive Committee makes recommendations to the Board on legislative issues, public relations, and rule making, and may direct issues to the Policy Committee. This Committee also nominates officers to the Board.

The Disciplinary Committee reviews all investigations, complaints, medical malpractice payment reports and Medical Examiner cases in which the Senior Staff Review Committee (SSRC) recommends some form of public action, an informal interview, or an order for examination.  Committee members usually discuss only those cases which, prior to the meeting, members have extracted for discussion.

The Review Committee examines all investigations, complaints, medical malpractice payment reports and Medical Examiner cases in which the SSRC recommends private action.  In addition, the Review Committee examines all medical malpractice payment reports and Medical Examiner cases in which the SSRC recommends no action (“Accept as Information” or “AAI”).  Any requests for reconsideration of the SSRC’s decision to close a case are also reviewed by this committee for final determination.  Committee members usually discuss only those cases which, prior to the meeting, members have extracted for discussion.

The Policy Committee analyzes and evaluates evolving issues related to the practice of medicine and attempts to address those issues by publishing Position Statements, answering inquiries from the public or the profession, or other means.  The Policy Committee regularly reviews the Board’s Positions Statements in order to keep them current with the evolving standards and ethics of the medical profession. 

The Licensing Committee addresses license applications from persons who might not meet the statutory and/or regulatory requirements of the Board, develops procedures for staff on how to handle “non-routine” applications, and develops rules for physician licensure.

The Allied Health Committee (AHC) discusses and reviews all matters involving allied health professionals who are regulated, directly or indirectly, by the NCMB including physician assistants, anesthesiologist assistants, perfusionists, and polysomnographic technologists.   

Members of the AHC are also members of the Nurse Practitioner Joint Subcommittee (along with three members from the NC Board of Nursing) and the Midwifery Joint Subcommittee (along with three members from the NC Board of Nursing, two nurse midwives, and two OB-GYNs).  The physician members of the AHC are also members of Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner Joint Subcommittee (along with two other members of the NCMB and four members from the Board of Pharmacy).  These committees are created by statute to develop rules governing those practitioners. 

AHC members also serve on the PA Advisory Council (which provides advice to the Board regarding the regulation of physician assistants) and advise the Board regarding requests to expand the scope of practice of emergency medical services personnel.

The Continued Competence Committee helps the Board define, assess, and assure the continued competency of all licensees throughout their professional careers.  It does this by, among other things, reviewing the Board’s CME requirements, reviewing its reentry program (for applicants who have not practiced for two or more years) and monitoring the FSMB’s maintenance of licensure initiative. 

The NC Physicians Health Program (NCPHP) Compliance Committee reviews all new NCPHP cases (either by name if known to the Medical Board or by number if anonymous) and those participants who have upcoming interviews with the Board (investigative or licensing).  In addition, the Compliance Committee reviews all participants who are having difficulty with their recovery or illness to determine what additional action, if any, is needed (including, if an anonymous participant, breaking anonymity to protect public health).