Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

Published by
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Citizen Information Service

State Licenses: Department of Public Health

K78 Board of Registration in Medicine

K79 Division of Health Professions Licensure

K78 Board of Registration in Medicine
Department of Public Health
200 Harvard Mill Square Suite 330
Wakefield, MA 01880
Tel: 781-876-8200
Toll Free: 1-800-377-0550
TTY: 781-876-8395
Acupuncture Committee: 781-876-8210 Fax: 781-876-8383

Chapter 184 of the Acts of 2002 placed the Board of Registration in Medicine, and those listed below under the Department of Public Health. The board is responsible for qualifying physicians, surgeons, and psychiatrists to practice in Massachusetts. In addition, it approves schools for training medical laboratory technologists and medical x-ray technicians. The board appoints a Committee on Acupuncture which is responsible for the registration and licensing of acupuncturists. As of 11/7/96, patients may call the physician profiles hotline to obtain up to 10 physicians' profiles detailing whether any malpractice and/or hospital or board disciplinary actions have been taken against a particular doctor. The profile also includes such information as a physician's criminal history, education and training, area of expertise and specialization, certifications, hospital affiliations, award and honors, publications, insurance plans accepted and whether Medicaid coverage is honored. For specific information on malpractice suits, a docket number to reference the case must first be obtained through the court where the case took place; they may then be contacted. 

K79 Division of Health Professions Licensure
Department of Public Health
239 Causeway Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Toll Free: 1-800-414-0168

The Division of Health Professions Licensure is comprised of ten boards of registration. They are: Community Health Workers, Dentistry, Genetic Counselors, Naturopathy, Nursing, Nursing Home Administrators, Perfusionists, Pharmacy, Physician Assistants, and Respitory Care Therapists.

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