(A) In accordance with section 4765.05 of the Revised Code, the board may appoint a regional physician advisory board (RPAB), or a regional director, to oversee the delivery of prehospital emergency medical services in that region.
(B) Each RPAB shall be composed of no more than nine physicians who meet all of the following criteria:
(1) Possess knowledge and experience in or related to emergency medical services;
(2) Work or reside in the region to be served by the RPAB;
(3) Board certified through a medical specialty board supported by the American board of medical specialties or the American osteopathic association or board eligible by completion of a residency program recognized by the American board of medical specialties or the American osteopathic association.
(C) Appointments as a regional director or a member of an RPAB shall be made from among those physicians who have expressed an interest in serving and have provided the board with a completed application including a curriculum vitae verifying that they meet the qualifications established by this chapter.
(D) Each term of appointment as a regional director or a member of an RPAB shall be for a period not to exceed three years and shall commence on the date of appointment by the board and shall end on December thirty-first of the third year of the term.
(E) The board may take into account the following factors when considering appointments as a regional director or a member of an RPAB:
(1) Whether the physician has experience with emergency medicine in a prehospital setting;
(2) Whether all geographic areas of a region would be adequately represented;
(3) Whether a physician's medical specialty or area of concentration will broaden the range and scope of knowledge of an RPAB;
(4) Personal references or letters of recommendation.
(F) Upon the recommendation of the state medical director, the board may remove or replace any regional director or member of an RPAB for any of the following reasons:
(1) Failure to maintain the qualifications necessary for appointment as a regional director or a member of an RPAB;
(2) Failure to satisfy responsibilities as a regional director or a member of an RPAB;
(3) Suspension or revocation of a certificate to practice medicine and surgery, or osteopathic medicine and surgery, under Chapter 4731. of the Revised Code;
(4) Such other reason that the state medical director determines would preclude a member from serving as an effective a regional director or member of the RPAB.
(G) The board may fill any vacancies that occur prior to the expiration of a term in accordance with this chapter. Any individual appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the individual's predecessor was appointed shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term.
(H) Each regional director or RPAB member shall be responsible for notifying the division of the following:
(1) Changes in contact information;
(2) Intent to withdraw membership;
(3) Failure to meet eligibility criteria as set forth in this rule.