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State Medical Board

The State Medical Board is staffed by the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing. The board consists of five physicians, one physician assistant, and two public members. Board members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Legislature.

The Board adopts regulations to carry out the laws governing the practice of medicine in Alaska. It makes final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary action against people who violate the licensing laws. The board meets four times a year and offers a public comment period at each meeting. Meeting agendas and minutes are available from the executive administrator.

Notice to Licensees: Direct Dispensing Status

If you need to contact the Medical Board to clarify your direct dispensing status, please email the board at medicalboard@alaska.gov. Be sure to include your name and license number in the email.

Due to multiple recent vacancies on staff and increased COVID-related workloads, we are currently unable to return calls and emails within our normal processing times. Our primary focus is on reviewing and issuing licenses. If you have applied for licensure, please check the MY LICENSE online portal for real-time updates on the progress of your application. Answers to most other questions can be located using the links on the right-hand side of the page. Thank you for your patience while we attend to these priorities, and we will respond to your inquiry within five business days.

Public Notice: Notice of Proposed Regulations

The State Medical Board proposes to adopt regulations regarding the requirement for monthly direct personal contact between the physician assistant and the primary or alternate collaborating physician; and to remove redundant language with respect to the approval process for cooperative practice agreements between a pharmacist and physician.

Written Comments Deadline: 4:30 p.m. on July 29, 2021

Public Notice: Notice of Adoption of Emergency Regulation

The State Medical Board proposes to make permanent regulation changes made by emergency regulation regarding standards of practice for telemedicine during an emergency situation.

Written comments deadline: 4:30 p.m. on July 19, 2021

Emergency Courtesy License

Due to the COVID-19 emergency declared by the governor, the State Medical Board has adopted regulations to allow for an Emergency Courtesy License.

Extensions:

Emergency Courtesy Licenses are issued for six months and may be extended for one additional six-month period if the board has determined the urgent situation still exists. Use one of the following forms to request an extension of your Emergency Courtesy License.

Continuing Medical Education Update

On May 14, 2020, the State Medical Board approved a fifty percent reduction of CME requirements for MD, DO, DPM and paramedics for the 2019-2020 licensing period. The CME Reduction Board Order is posted on the Board Guidelines & Policies Webpage.

Paramedics should follow the Board Issued Guideline: CME for Paramedic Renewals, revised September 2020.

Physician assistants must maintain a current active NCCPA certification to qualify for renewal.

Click here for information on continuing education on opioids, pain management and addiction.

WARNING: Callers Posing as Law Enforcement

The State of Alaska DCCED Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing is warning the public and professional licensees about criminals posing as Professional Board investigators or other law enforcement personnel as part of a scheme to defraud professional licensees. The licensees targeted in this scheme are those who hold a healthcare license and a DEA registration.

The criminals will call the victims (who in most cases are professional licensees in the State of Alaska), and advise them that their professional license is suspended because they are suspected of drug trafficking on the Texas-Mexico Border or some other location. They will further inform the licensee that they are the main suspect of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) drug trafficking investigation. The licensee’s professional license number and DEA registration number will be verified by the criminal asking the victim a series of questions. Impersonators will generally threaten the victim with arrest and to serve time in jail if they do not cooperate with the “investigation” and agree to pay a fine or bond.

The State of Alaska DCCED/CBPL Investigations unit will never call a member of the public or a licensee demanding money. Anyone receiving a telephone call from a person purporting to be a State of Alaska Professional Licensing Board Investigator or other law enforcement official seeking money should refuse the demand and report the contact to the FBI, DEA, their local law enforcement agency or contact the Division Investigations Unit at 907-269-8124 or email investigations@alaska.gov.

Professions Regulated by the Board

  • Osteopath
  • Paramedic
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatrist

Opioid Education Requirement

New applicants and existing licensees with a DEA registration must earn a minimum of 2 hours of education in pain management and opioid use and addiction.

A two hour education course (equivalent to a continuing medical education course) is required to qualify for a new license for a physician, podiatrist, physician assistant, or mobile intensive care paramedic. Courses must be Category 1 of AMA-approved education, or category 1 or 2 or AOA-approved education. For a podiatrist, it may instead be earned in a CPME-approved continuing medical education program. For a physician assistant, it may instead be earned in a NCCPA-approved continuing medical education program).

Applying for a license?

  • Initial applications are currently screened within 25 days of receipt in our office.
  • Applicants will receive monthly email updates listing any expected documentation that has not been received.
  • Renewal of licensure is available online during the open renewal period. If your license has lapsed, you may download a paper application from this site.
  • The Alaska State Medical Board accepts documents provided by the Federation of State Medical Boards credentials verification service, which may speed the application processing time. Please visit the FCVS website for more information.

Statutes and Regulations

Alaska Statutes are passed by the Legislature. Regulations (also called the Alaska Administrative Code) are rules adopted by the board to implement, interpret, and make specific the statutes. Both statutes and regulations have the force of law.

AS 08.64 and regulations 12 AAC 40 specifically govern the practice of medicine. AS 08.01 - 08.03 and regulations 12 AAC 02 apply to all professions regulated by the division.

Proposed regulations are advertised in Alaska newspapers and we invite public comment on them. If you would like to receive notice of proposed regulations, please write to the regulations specialist and request that your name be added to the Medical interested parties list. Please advise us if you move or wish to have your name removed from the mailing list.

Medical Board Listserv:

Subscribe to the Alaska State Medical Board electronic mailing list and receive:

  • meeting agendas
  • meeting minutes
  • position statements
  • notice of regulation changes
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Contact Information

  • Direct all licensing communications to:
    Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
    PO Box 110806, Juneau, AK 99801-0806
    Phone: (907) 465-2781
    Fax: (907) 465-2974
    E-mail: medicalboard@alaska.gov
  • Direct all board communications to:
    State Medical Board
    P.O. Box 110806, Juneau, AK 99811-0806
    Phone: (907) 465-2550
    E-mail: medicalboard@alaska.gov
  • Direct all investigative communications to:
    Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
    Investigations Unit
    550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1500, Anchorage, AK 99501
    Phone: (907) 269-8124
    E-mail: investigations@alaska.gov