The New Health Care Professions Merit Badge, released on November 10, will replace Medicine Merit Badge.
Scouts currently working on the Medicine merit badge will be allowed to continue working on it but, after December 31, 2021, Scouts may not begin working on the superseded Medicine merit badge.
With the Health Care Professions merit badge replacing the Medicine merit badge, Medicine will be retired on December 31.
Scouts who earned Medicine merit badge may also earn Health Care Professions, if desired. The merit badge insignia will be the same for both merit badges. If Medicine was not earned previously, however, it is recommended that Health Care Professions be selected because it presents expanded opportunities to explore heath care today.
More information is here: NEW Health Care Professions MB