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MSMS Endorsement Process for Medical Board Candidates

Thursday, February 18, 2021

In the United States, state medical boards regulate the activities of nearly one million licensed physicians.  The overarching responsibility of medical boards is to promote and protect the public's health, safety, and welfare and foster the professional practice of medicine. 

Physicians serving on the Michigan Board of Medicine or the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery are appointed by the Governor.  Board members serve for four-year terms and may not serve more than two terms and one partial term, consecutive or otherwise. When appointing a member to a medical licensing board, the Governor is required to “seek nominations from a wide range of sources including professional associations, educational institutions, consumer organizations, labor unions, health planning agencies, and other community health organizations…”  The Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) has historically provided a list of its endorsed candidates to the Governor for his or her consideration.

MSMS is currently accepting endorsement applications from physicians interested in serving a four-year term on the Michigan Board of Medicine or the Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery beginning in January 2022.  Five openings for physician members (three incumbent members are eligible to seek reappointment) on the Board of Medicine are anticipated and one opening on the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery.

The MSMS Liaison Committee with Medical Licensure Boards reviews all applications and makes recommendations to the MSMS Board of Directors.  The MSMS Board of Directors considers the Committee’s recommendations and makes the final decision on which candidates to recommend to the Governor’s office.

Pursuant to the Michigan Public Health Code, Board members must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 18 or more years of age.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Be a resident of this state for not less than the 6 months immediately preceding appointment and remain a resident of this state throughout the term of the appointment.
  • Be currently licensed or registered in this state if licensure or registration in a health profession is a requirement for membership. The member must have actively practiced that profession or taught in an approved educational institution that prepares applicants for licensure or registration in that profession, or a combination of both, in any state for not less than the 2 years immediately preceding appointment.
  • Not be a spouse, parent, child, or sibling of another member of the board, committee, or task force and meet this requirement throughout the term of the appointment.
  • Not provide supervision over or be under the supervision of another member of the board, committee, or task force and meet this requirement throughout the term of the appointment.

Key criteria considered by MSMS includes, but is not limited to, active in clinical practice, has the respect of peers, effective communicator and problem solver, and has a range of experience in areas such as peer review, time management, administration, and organized medicine.

To be considered for MSMS endorsements, a completed application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation per candidate must be submitted by April 15, 2021.  Complete the application online or  or by downloading the PDF and emailing to Anne'ka Marzette. Questions regarding the nomination process should be sent to Anne’ka Marzette, Coordinator, Medical and Regulatory Policy, at amarzette@msms.org 

For consideration by Governor Whitmer’s Appointments Division, interested candidates need to complete the electronic application available on the Governor’s Appointments website. The Appointments Division recommends this be done by June.

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