HB 102: "An Act relating to the licensure of foreign medical graduates; and providing for an effective date."

00 HOUSE BILL NO. 102 01 "An Act relating to the licensure of foreign medical graduates; and providing for an 02 effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section 05 to read: 06 LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND INTENT. (a) The legislature finds that foreign 07 medical graduates can be competent and qualified to provide medical care to residents of the 08 state; there is a shortage of physicians in the state, and additional discretion to license foreign 09 medical graduates is needed. 10 (b) It is the intent of the legislature to provide additional discretion to the State 11 Medical Board to license foreign medical graduates while ensuring that foreign medical 12 graduates possess the necessary training and skill to practice medicine competently. 13 * Sec. 2. AS 08.64.225 is amended to read: 14 Sec. 08.64.225. Foreign medical graduates. Applicants who are graduates of

01 medical colleges not accredited by the Association of American Medical Colleges and 02 the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association shall 03 (1) meet the requirements of AS 08.64.200(a)(3) and (4) and 04 08.64.255; 05 (2) have successfully completed 06 (A) three years of postgraduate training as evidenced by a 07 certificate of completion of the first year of postgraduate training from the 08 facility where the applicant completed the first year of internship or residency 09 and a certificate of successful completion of two additional years of 10 postgraduate training at a recognized hospital; or 11 (B) other requirements establishing proof of competency 12 adopted at the discretion of the board by regulation; and 13 (3) have passed examinations as specified by the board in regulations. 14 * Sec. 3. AS 08.64.225 is amended by adding new subsections to read: 15 (b) Requirements establishing proof of competency under (a)(2)(B) of this 16 section may include 17 (1) current licensure in another state and an active medical practice in 18 that state for at least three years; or 19 (2) current board certification in a practice specialty by the American 20 Board of Medical Specialties. 21 (c) In this section, "recognized hospital" means a hospital that has been 22 approved for internship or residency training by the Accreditation Council for 23 Graduate Medical Education or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of 24 Canada. 25 * Sec. 4. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).