News & Events

Periodically, the Board of Registration in Medicine will be issuing educational bulletins
on topics of interest to physicians in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Through collaboration with other professional boards, medical professional associations,
and the public, the Board hopes to be of increased assistance to the medical community
to ensure patient safety and enhance the quality of medical care in the Commonwealth.
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News & Events



March 28, 2005: Consumer Advisory Health Care Proxies
Health care proxies, living wills and other end-of-life care issues have been much in the news recently, and the Board has received many inquiries regarding these important advanced care planning documents and questions. The Massachusetts Medical Society has set up a website,, where interested families and individuals may obtain the appropriate forms and instructions. The Board would encourage all citizens to visit these websites and to give thoughtful consideration to the information obtained there as they make their own health care decisions.


November 16, 2004: Special Report on Medical Malpractice Payments 1994-2003 PDF
September 6, 2004: Consumer Advisory: Botox® PDF
August 18, 2004: PCA Unit to Implement Recommendations PDF

March 19, 2004: Physician's Profile Announcement
Over the next few days, The Board of Registration in Medicine will be making some minor changes to the way we collect and store certain types of professional demographic information in the physician profiles system. Information about translation services, insurance plans and post graduate training will be changed from free text fields to standardized fields. This will make it easier for consumers to understand and for physicians and the Board to maintain this information. This change will also bring us one step closer to being able to achieve our ultimate goal of allowing physicians to submit profile information on-line as part of our on-line renewal initiative in the months ahead.

Please note that we are making no substantive changes to physician profile information. As always, we invite physicians to review their profiles on-line and submit changes whenever it is appropriate.


July 16, 2003: Medicine Board Considers Skills Exam For New Doctors PDF


2002: Board of Registration in Medicine Progress Report January - June 2002 PDF
October 7, 2002: Agency Move PDF
April 9, 2002: State Board of Medicine Responds to Two (2) National Reports
on Doctor Discipline
March 8, 2002: Governor Swift appoints Dr. Randy Ellen Wertheimer to the Board PDF


2001: Board Meeting Schedule CY2002 PDF
2001: Special notice for physicians and consumers concerning Cipro and Anthrax PDF
2001: Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine Progress Report January - June 2001 PDF
2001: Hospital Discipline Summary 1995 - 2000 PDF
2001: Annual Report of Hospital Discipline, 2000 PDF
December 13, 2001: Board Announces New Technology Initiative PDF
August 30, 2001: PCA Update Concerning Complications in Patients Receiving Neuraxial Anesthesia/Analgesia when Taking Medications that Alter Clotting Mechanisms PDF
May 17, 2001: New Board Appointees PDF
April 27, 2001: Press Release - Annual Report of Hospital Discipline - 2000 PDF


2000: Semi Annual Report to the Massachusetts Legislature, January to June 2000 PDF
2000: Special Report on Medical Malpractice Payments PDF
March 22, 2000: Annual Report of Hospital Discipline PDF
April 6, 2000: State Board of Medicine responds to two national reports on doctor discipline PDF
September 19, 2000: State Medical Board Executive Director to testify before House Commerce Committee PDF
September 20, 2000: Testimony of Nancy Achin Sullivan, Executive Director, Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine before the House Commerce Committee on the Matter of HR5122 (Patient Protection Act) PDF

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News & Events


Board Newsletters

Winter 2007 PDF


PCA Newsletters

June 2007 PDF

  • Notice of new PCA Advisories
  • New SQR Reporting Form
  • Suicide Risk Assessment
  • Peer Review Conference
  • Contrast Agents for MRIs
  • PCA Profile: Dinesh Patel

March 2007 PDF

  • Fond Farewell
  • PCA is a Mystery
  • PCA Philosophy
  • The MITSS Program
  • Performance

December 2006 PDF

  • New Year's Resolutions
  • Chairman's Corner
  • PCA Update - Laparoscopic Injuries
  • New Health Care Facility Review Form
  • Patient Medication Lists
  • Conflict of Interest Policy
  • Practice of Medicine
  • Excellence in Patient Safety

September 2006 PDF

  • Leading the Way
  • Patient Safety Action Team
  • Regulatory Update
  • Guest Article
  • FDA Updates

June 2006 PDF

  • Advocating for Patients
  • The Regulatory Process
  • Conscious Sedation
  • Change in Command
  • Hydromorphone Advisory

March 2006 PDF

  • New Season for PCA
  • What We Do
  • Performance Data
  • One Hospital
  • Type 3 Reports

December 2005 PDF

  • The Journey Continues
  • PCA Goes To School
  • Meet the PCA Staff
  • Benchmarks
  • Weight Loss Highlights

September 2005 PDF

  • A New Beginning
  • Tumbles and Falls
  • Meet the PCA Committee
  • Bariactric Benchmarks
  • To Report or Not Report

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