The primary objectives of the Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline are to promote public health, safety and welfare and to protect the public from the unprofessional, improper, unauthorized, or unqualified practice of medicine and certain other healthcare professions. To meet these objectives, the Board:
The Board issues physician (M.D. and D.O.) licenses and physician training licenses to residents, interns, fellows and house physicians.
The Board also issues for licenses these additional healthcare professions: physician assistants, respiratory care practitioners, acupuncture practitioners, acupuncture detoxification specialists, eastern medicine practitioners, genetic counselors, polysomnographers, midwifery practitioners and administrative medical. A Council for each of these healthcare professions advises and assists the Board on licensure and regulatory matters pertaining to its profession.
The Board also issues certifications to and has other responsibilities in regard to emergency medical technicians/paramedics in collaboration with the Office of Emergency Medical Services.
The Board’s statutory authority is in 24 Del. C., Chapter 17. Additional statutory provisions on the Board’s responsibilities in connection with emergency medical technicians/paramedics are in 16 Del. C., Chapter 97 and Chapter 98.
The Board generally meets the first Tuesday of every month at 2:30 p.m., except for the month of August and December. Each Council has its own meeting schedule as well. All meetings are open to the general public and are held in the Cannon Building, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, in Dover.
To ensure that business (such as a license application) is on the agenda for consideration at the next meeting of the Board or a Council, submit all documentation to the Board office no later than 4:30 PM ten full working days before the meeting date.
EASTERN MEDICINE PRACTITIONER vs. ACUPUNCTURE PRACTITIONER: A new law effective October 17, 2016 differentiates Delaware licensure as an Acupuncture Practitioner from licensure as an Eastern Medicine Practitioner. Delaware Acupuncture Practitioner licenses issued before the effective date have changed to Eastern Medicine Practitioner licenses. For information about the scope of practice of each license type, see Subchapter X of the Medical Practice Act. The updated application form and instructions are available on this site. If you have questions, contact the Board office at the phone or email below.