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Minnesota physicians have a number of volunteer opportunities on health-oriented state boards, councils and committees, including three vacancies representing the Third, Fourth and Eighth Congressional districts on the Board of Medical Practice. 

Applications are due to the Secretary of State by Nov. 28.  For more information or to apply, visit the Secretary of State website.

Opportunities in November include:

Board of Medical Practice
Vacancies: Three physicians
Powers and Duties: The board licenses and registers physicians, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, acupuncturists, athletic trainers, genetic counselors naturopaths and traditional midwives; and enforces the relevant practice acts.
Meeting Information: Monthly meetings, some committee meetings. Time commitment expected is one business day and one Saturday per month, plus preparation time.

Formulary Committee
Vacancy: One physician
Powers and Duties: Includes reviewing over-the-counter drugs and making recommendations about prior authorization. The committee also still establishes the list of drugs excluded from mandatory generic substitution.
Meeting Information: Meetings are held two to eight times per year.

Medical Services Review Board
Vacancies: One physician member; and three physician alternates  
Powers and Duties: The board advises the Department of Labor and Industry on medical matters relating to workers' compensation, makes determinations on inappropriate, unnecessary or excessive treatment, and may issue penalties for violation of rules following a contested case procedure.
Meeting Information: Meetings are held the third Thursday quarterly from 4 - 6 p.m.

Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee
Vacancies: One pediatric geneticist and one primary care provider
Powers and Duties: 1) Developing protocols and timelines for screening, rescreening, and diagnostic
audiological assessment and early medical, audiological and educational intervention services for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing; 2) designing protocols for tracking children from birth through age 3 that may have passed newborn screening but are at risk for delayed or late onset of permanent hearing loss; 3) designing a technical assistance program to support facilities implementing the screening program and facilities conducting rescreening and diagnostic audiological assessment; 4) designing implementation and evaluation of a system of follow-up and tracking; and 5) evaluating program outcomes to increase effectiveness and efficiency, and ensure culturally appropriate services for children with a confirmed hearing loss and families.
Meeting Information: Four times annually.

Special Review Board
Vacancies: Three psychiatrists
Powers and Duties: The Special Review Board hears reduction in custody petitions involving individuals civilly committed as Mentally Ill and Dangerous, as a Sexually Dangerous Person, or as a Sexual Psychopathic Personality. The board meets and acts in three-member panels comprised of an attorney, a psychiatrist or psychologist, and a mental health professional. Board members review documents from the patient’s treatment records and hear testimony presented by the patient, treatment program facility staff, interested persons, and the county of commitment. Following a hearing, board members deliberate and determine their recommendation on the appropriateness of the proposed reduction in custody. A written report of the panel’s findings and recommendations is prepared by the panel chair and submitted to the Commissioner of Human Services or a judicial appeal panel, depending on the civil commitment category. Meeting Information: Meeting schedules and length may vary.

Interested physicians can either apply on the Minnesota Secretary of State website or obtain a paper application form from the Office of the Secretary of State, Open Appointments, located at 180 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155-1299. 

MMA members who wish to apply for the Board of Medical Practice are also encouraged to contact the MMA for endorsement consideration. According to Minnesota Statute 147.01 Subd. 2, the governor may appoint members to the board from the list of persons recommended to him by the MMA, as well as from among other qualified candidates.

Physicians desiring MMA endorsement  for the Board of Medical Practice should send a duplicate copy of their application materials along with their curriculum vitae to Teresa Knoedler or by mail at: 1300 Godward Street NE, Suite 2500, Minneapolis, MN 55413.