Arizona Board Board of Medical Examiners

Highlights from the
April 25-27, 2001 Meeting

Protecting the Public's Health
Arizona Board of Medical Examiners
9545 E. Doubletree Ranch Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85258  480-551-2700
(Toll Free Within Arizona: 877-255-2212)

Summary of Board Actions

During its April 25-27, 2001 meeting, the Board voted to issue:

State of the Art Board Meeting

During the past fiscal year, the Board took several steps toward restructuring its processes and seeking dramatic legislative changes to strengthen its consumer protection role. One of the major administrative changes was the complete transition to a paperless meeting. With the aid of encrypted laptop computers, the board conducted a state of the art paperless meeting using CD-Rom technology. The transition to a computer-based system was the result of a one-time budget allocation supported by the Arizona Legislature and Governor Hull.

Substantive Policy Statements

The Board approved a substantive policy statement (SPS) outlining procedures for determining the effective date of Board Orders, Interim Orders and Consent Agreements.

The Board also approved an SPS which delegated limited authority to the Executive Director to grant license fee refunds when an applicant does not meet statutory requirements and requests a refund within two weeks of notification, when an applicant withdraws the application within two weeks of the Board’s receipt of application, or when a physician who has paid the renewal fee dies before a late fee would be assessed and the family requests a refund.

The third SPS approved delegated limited authority to the Executive Director to grant uncontested requests for reactivation of license, provided that the physician meets the criteria outlined in statute.


The Board was successful in passing its strongest consumer protection bill in a decade. The bill provided a cease and desist provision to suspend an aspect of a physician’s practice, an expanded discipline provision for doctors who have sex with or make sexual advances towards patients, defined new duties for Review Committees and granted unprecedented authority to the Executive Director to immediately refer any case to formal hearing that requires a full evidentiary hearing. The elements of this bill provide for increased accountability to the public and swifter complaint review and resolution.

Year 2000-2001 Meeting Dates

April 25-27, 2001
June 20-22, 2001
August 15-17, 2001
October 10-12, 2001
December 5-7, 2001

Next Full Board Meeting

The next Full Board meeting will take place June 20-22, 2001 at the Board of Medical Examiners' Office: 9545 E. Doubletree Ranch Road Scottsdale, Arizona 85258-5539 To get to the new office:

From the South- Take Interstate 101 to 90th Street and Pima exit. Take right to Via Linda. From the North East West - From the intersection of Shea and 90th St., head south on 90th St. to Via Linda.

Take Via Linda east to 95th St. Head south on 95th Street until you reach San Salvador Dr. Turn east on San Salvador Dr. then head south on 95th Way. 95th Way will run into Doubletree Ranch Rd. The office is the north white building at 9545 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd.

An interactive map is also available.