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The mission of the Medical Board of California is to protect healthcare consumers and prevent harm through the proper licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons and certain allied healthcare professionals and through the vigorous, objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act, and to promote access to quality medical care through the Board's licensing, policy, and regulatory functions.

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Notice to Licensees Regarding CURES Version Update – Data Submission Guide Now Available


Beginning August 1, 2024, all California dispensers of controlled substances will be required to report dispensations to the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) using the American Society of Automation in Pharmacy (ASAP) version 4.2B format. Licensees who dispense controlled substances should contact their data submission software provider to confirm they are prepared for this version update. Please visit the Office of the Attorney General's CURES Website to access the Data Submission guide for Dispensers and for additional updates and informational bulletins.

For information about CURES, visit DCA's CURES information page.

Medical Board of California Seeks Stakeholder Input Regarding Mental and Physical Health Questions on Licensing Applications


The Medical Board of California (Board) will be holding an interested parties meeting via WebEx on Tuesday, July 30, 2024, between 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., to hear from speakers and receive feedback on whether the Board should change its introductory statement and/or questions relating to mental and physical health on its licensing applications, which currently state:

An affirmative answer to any of the questions below will not automatically disqualify you from licensure. The Board will make an individualized assessment of the nature, the severity and the duration of the risks associated with an ongoing medical condition to determine whether an unrestricted license should be issued, whether conditions should be imposed, or whether you are eligible for licensure. Please note that a limited practice license may be available.

  • Are you currently enrolled in, or participating in any drug, alcohol, or substance abuse recovery program or impaired practitioner program?
  • Do you currently have any condition (including, but not limited to emotional, mental, neurological or other physical, addictive, or behavioral disorder) that impairs your ability to practice medicine safely?
  • Do you currently have any other condition that impairs or limits your ability to practice medicine safely?

If any interested party has comments on this matter, please submit them in writing to no later than Friday, July 19, 2024.

In addition, there will be a public comment period during the interested parties meeting on July 30, 2024. An agenda that includes instructions regarding how to participate in the meeting will be published on the Board’s website and distributed no later than 10 days prior to the meeting. To receive the agenda, please subscribe to the “Board and Committee Meetings” email alert.

Expedited Licensure Application Processing for Service Members Enrolled in Skillbridge


Beginning July 1, 2024, boards and bureaus under the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) must expedite licensure application processing for service members currently enrolled in the U.S. Department of Defense SkillBridge Program.

Service members seeking licensure in California who qualify must provide documentation of enrollment, such as an official letter from the commanding officer. Failure to provide proper documentation could result in application processing delays. Applicants must still meet all board or bureau licensing requirements. For questions or assistance regarding licensing requirements, please contact the Board at

For more information on licensing resources available to service members, visit:

Kimberly Kirchmeyer


Kimberly Kirchmeyer

Department of Consumer Affairs

Reji Varghese

Executive Director

Reji Varghese

Medical Board of California