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Arizona Medical Board
Arizona Medical Board
Official Website of the
Arizona Medical Board
The Board's mission is to protect public health and safety.

Media Fact Sheet

About the Board:

  • The Arizona Medical Board licenses and regulates more than 22,430 physicians. Of those, approximately 13,508 practice in the state.
  • The Board is comprised of 12 members: 8 physicians and 4 public members, including a licensed registered nurse. The Governor appoints each Board member.
  • The Board meets regularly, every other month. Special meetings may be called when the Board discusses a Summary Suspension, current legislative issues, or other pressing discussion items.
Common Terms Used During Board meetings:
  • Formal Interview: A formal interview is a forum for the physician to appear before the Board and discuss the facts of the case. A physician may choose whether to attend a formal interview or have the case heard at a formal hearing. At the conclusion of a formal interview, the Board may request that a Board Order be drafted reflecting its decision. The Board may also choose to issue an advisory letter or dismiss a case without merit.
  • Formal Hearing: Formal hearings are sent to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). It is a full evidentiary hearing, like in civil courts. The ALJ hears the case, makes a recommendation and refers the case back to the Board for consideration. For media guidelines on cameras in the courtroom, visit:
  • Summary Suspension/Restriction: A Summary Suspension/Restriction is an option to immediately suspend or restrict a doctor's license to practice medicine when the doctor poses an imminent danger to the public health and safety. If the Board takes this action, it is required to serve the doctor with a written notice that states the charges and informs the doctor that he/she is entitled to a hearing as expeditiously as possible. The law regards this as an extraordinary and punitive state administrative agency action. Consequently, the Board must establish and have in its administrative record substantial and reliable evidence to support the Board's conclusion that the doctor poses an imminent danger to the public health and safety.