2017 ORS 677.235¹
Oregon Medical Board
  • membership
  • confirmation
  • terms
  • vacancies
  • compensation

(1) The Oregon Medical Board consists of 13 members appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate in the manner provided in ORS 171.562 (Procedures for confirmation) and 171.565 (Vote required for confirmation). All members of the board must be residents of this state. Of the members of the board:

(a) Seven must have the degree of Doctor of Medicine;

(b) Two must have the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine;

(c) One must have the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine;

(d) One must be a physician assistant licensed under ORS 677.512 (Licensure) or a retired physician assistant; and

(e) Two must be members of the public representing health consumers and who are not:

(A) Otherwise eligible for appointment to the board; or

(B) A spouse, domestic partner, child, parent or sibling of a person having the degree of Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine or Doctor of Podiatric Medicine or of a physician assistant licensed under ORS 677.512 (Licensure) or a retired physician assistant.

(2)(a)(A) Board members required to possess the degree of Doctor of Medicine may be selected by the Governor from a list of three to five candidates for each member described in subsection (1)(a) of this section whose term expires in that year, submitted by the Oregon Medical Association not later than February 1.

(B) Board members required to possess the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine may be selected by the Governor from a list of three to five candidates for each member described in subsection (1)(b) of this section whose term expires in that year, submitted by the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon, Inc., not later than February 1.

(C) The board member required to possess the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine may be selected by the Governor from a list of three to five candidates for the member described in subsection (1)(c) of this section whose term expires in that year, submitted by the Oregon Podiatric Medical Association not later than February 1.

(D) The board member required to be a physician assistant licensed under ORS 677.512 (Licensure) or a retired physician assistant may be selected by the Governor from a list of three to five candidates for the member described in subsection (1)(d) of this section whose term expires in that year, submitted by the Oregon Society of Physician Assistants not later than February 1.

(b) Members who are physicians and the member who is a physician assistant or a retired physician assistant must have been in the active practice of their profession for at least five years immediately preceding their appointment.

(c) A public member, or the spouse, domestic partner, child, parent or sibling of a public member, may not be employed as a health professional.

(d)(A) In selecting the members of the board, the Governor shall strive to balance the representation on the board according to geographic areas of this state and ethnicity.

(B) Of the seven members who hold the degree of Doctor of Medicine, at least one member must be appointed from each federal congressional district.

(3)(a) The term of office of each board member is three years, but a member serves at the pleasure of the Governor. The terms must be staggered so that no more than five terms end each year. A term begins on March 1 of the year the member is appointed and ends on the last day of February of the third year after the member is appointed. A member may not serve more than two consecutive terms.

(b) If a vacancy occurs on the board, another qualifying member possessing the same professional degree, license or retired status or fulfilling the same public capacity as the person whose position has been vacated shall be appointed as provided in this section to fill the unexpired term.

(c) A board member shall be removed immediately from the board if, during the member’s term, the member:

(A) Is not a resident of this state;

(B) Has been absent from three consecutive board meetings, unless at least one absence is excused; or

(C) Is not a current licensee or a retired licensee whose license was in good standing at the time of retirement, if the board member was appointed to serve on the board as a licensee.

(4) Members of the board are entitled to compensation and expenses as provided in ORS 292.495 (Compensation and expenses of members of state boards and commissions). The board may provide by rule for compensation to board members for the performance of official duties at a rate that is greater than the rate provided in ORS 292.495 (Compensation and expenses of members of state boards and commissions).

(5)(a) The chairperson shall select at least one but no more than three former board members to serve as emeritus board members. A person selected to serve as an emeritus board member is subject to approval by the Governor.

(b) A person may serve as an emeritus board member for up to three years after the date on which the person’s term as a board member ended.

(c) An emeritus board member serves at the pleasure of the Governor.

(d) The board shall publish a list of emeritus board members on a website maintained by the board.

(e) If a board member will be absent from a meeting of the board and has provided notice to the chairperson or executive director of the board in advance of the member’s absence, an emeritus board member who holds the same degree or professional license, or who fulfills the same public capacity, as the absent member may take the place of the absent member during the absence. [1967 c.470 §43 (enacted in lieu of 677.230); 1971 c.650 §26; 1973 c.792 §33; 1979 c.388 §1; 1983 c.486 §28a; 1985 c.322 §4; 1989 c.830 §17; 1997 c.792 §23; 2005 c.760 §3; 2007 c.86 §1; 2007 c.349 §1; 2009 c.535 §5; 2009 c.756 §93; 2013 c.129 §12; 2015 c.403 §1; 2017 c.230 §1; 2017 c.409 §24]

Chapter 677

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Extent of grandfather right under 1969 Act amending barbers law, (1972) Vol 36, p 23; licensing require­ments for hospital technicians employed by state correc­tional facilities, (1987) Vol 45, p 188

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 677—Regulation of Medicine, Podiatry and Acupuncture, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors677.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 677, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano677.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.