Enrolled HB 102: Relating to the licensure of foreign medical graduates and to applications for a license to practice medicine; and providing for an effective date.
00Enrolled HB 102 01 Relating to the licensure of foreign medical graduates and to applications for a license to 02 practice medicine; and providing for an effective date. 03 _______________ 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 08.64.200(a) is amended to read: 14 (a) Except for foreign medical graduates as specified in AS 08.64.225, each
01 physician applicant shall 02 (1) submit a certificate of graduation from a legally chartered medical 03 school accredited by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Council 04 on Medical Education of the American Medical Association; 05 (2) submit a certificate from a recognized hospital or hospitals 06 certifying that the applicant has satisfactorily performed the duties of resident 07 physician or intern for a period of 08 (A) one year if the applicant graduated from medical school 09 before January 1, 1995, as evidenced by a certificate of completion of the first 10 year of postgraduate training from the facility where the applicant completed 11 the first year of internship or residency; and 12 (B) two years if the applicant graduated from medical school 13 on or after January 1, 1995, as evidenced by a certificate of completion of the 14 first year of postgraduate training from the facility where the applicant 15 completed the first year of internship or residency and a certificate of 16 successful completion of one additional year of postgraduate training at a 17 recognized hospital; 18 (3) submit a list of negotiated settlements or judgments in claims or 19 civil actions alleging medical malpractice against the applicant, including an 20 explanation of the basis for each claim or action; and 21 (4) not have a license to practice medicine in another state, country, 22 province, or territory that is currently suspended or revoked for disciplinary reasons. 23 * Sec. 3. AS 08.64.225 is amended to read: 24 Sec. 08.64.225. Foreign medical graduates. Applicants who are graduates of 25 medical colleges not accredited by the Association of American Medical Colleges and 26 the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association shall 27 (1) meet the requirements of AS 08.64.200(a)(3) and (4) and 28 08.64.255; 29 (2) have successfully completed 30 (A) three years of postgraduate training as evidenced by a 31 certificate of completion of the first year of postgraduate training from the
01 facility where the applicant completed the first year of internship or residency 02 and a certificate of successful completion of two additional years of 03 postgraduate training at a recognized hospital; or 04 (B) other requirements establishing proof of competency 05 and professional qualifications as the board considers necessary to ensure 06 the continued protection of the public adopted at the discretion of the 07 board by regulation; and 08 (3) have passed examinations as specified by the board in regulations. 09 * Sec. 4. AS 08.64.225 is amended by adding new subsections to read: 10 (b) Requirements establishing proof of competency under (a)(2)(B) of this 11 section may include 12 (1) current licensure in another state and an active medical practice in 13 that state for at least three years; or 14 (2) current board certification in a practice specialty by the American 15 Board of Medical Specialties. 16 (c) In this section, "recognized hospital" means a hospital that has been 17 approved for internship or residency training by the Accreditation Council for 18 Graduate Medical Education or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of 19 Canada. 20 * Sec. 5. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).