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OREGON MEDICAL BOARD

 

DIVISION 23

RULES FOR LICENSURE OF VOLUNTEER EMERITUS PHYSICIANS

847-023-0000

Definitions

(1) "Health clinic" means a public health clinic or a health clinic operated by a charitable corporation that mainly provides primary physical health, dental or mental health services to low-income patients without charge or using a sliding fee scale based on the income of the patient.

(2) "Emeritus registration" means a licensee who has retired from active practice, but does only volunteer, non-remunerative practice and receives no direct monetary compensation, may register and pay an annual emeritus registration fee.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 677.120, 677.265
Hist.: BME 16-2006, f. & cert. ef. 7-25-06

847-023-0005

Qualifications

(1) The Board may issue a volunteer emeritus license to a physician who volunteers at a health clinic provided that the physician:

(a) Has a current license to practice medicine in another state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia; and

(b) Has successfully passed one of the examinations or combination of examinations per OAR 847-020-0170.

(2) A physician applying for a license to volunteer in health clinics who has not practiced medicine for more than twenty-four (24) months immediately prior to filing the application for licensure with the Board, may be required to take and pass the Special Purpose Examination (SPEX) or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Variable-Purpose Examination (COMVEX). This requirement may be waived if the applicant has done one or more of the following:

(a) Within ten years of filing an application with the Board, completed an accredited one year residency, or an accredited or Board approved one year clinical fellowship;

(b) Within ten years of filing an application with the Board, been certified or recertified by a specialty board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA-BOS);

(c) Obtained continuing medical education to the Board's satisfaction; or

(d) Can demonstrate ongoing participation in maintenance of certification with the ABMS or AOA-BOS.

(3) The Limited License, SPEX/COMVEX may be granted for a period of 6 months and permits the licensee to practice medicine only until the grade results of the SPEX or COMVEX examination are available and the applicant completes the initial registration process. The Limited License, SPEX/COMVEX would become invalid should the applicant fail the SPEX or COMVEX examination and the applicant, upon notification of failure of the examination, must cease practice in this state as expeditiously as possible, but not to exceed two weeks after the applicant receives notice of failure of the examination.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.120 & 677.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 677.120 & 677.265
Hist.: BME 16-2006, f. & cert. ef. 7-25-06; BME 5-2008, f. & cert. ef. 1-22-08; OMB 1-2015, f. & cert. ef. 1-13-15

847-023-0010

Documents and Forms to be Submitted for Licensure

The documents submitted must be legible and no larger than 8 1/2” x 11”. All documents and photographs will be retained by the Board as a permanent part of the application file. If original documents are larger than 8 1/2” x 11”, the copies must be reduced to the correct size with all wording and signatures clearly shown. Official translations are required for documents issued in a foreign language. The following documents are required:

(1) Application: Completed formal application provided by the Board. Required dates must include month, day and year. The application fee is waived for physicians applying for a volunteer emeritus license.

(2) Birth Certificate: A copy of birth certificate.

(3) Medical School Diploma: A copy of a diploma showing graduation from an approved school of medicine or an international school of medicine. International medical graduates must have graduated after meeting the attendance requirements specified in OAR 847-020-0130.

(4) American Specialty Board Certification or Recertification: A copy of the certification or recertification certificate issued by the American Specialty Board in the applicant’s specialty, if applicable.

(5) Photograph: A close-up, passport-quality photograph, front view, head and shoulders (not profile), with features distinct, taken within 90 days preceding the filing of the application.

(6) The results of a Practitioner Self-Query from the National Practitioner Data Bank sent directly to the Board by the applicant.

(7) Legible fingerprints as described in 847-008-0068 for the purpose of a criminal records background check.

(8) An applicant must pass an open-book examination on the Medical Practice Act (ORS Chapter 677) and an open-book examination on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s regulations governing the use of controlled substances. If an applicant fails one or both examinations three times, the applicant’s application will be reviewed by the Board’s Administrative Affairs Committee and the applicant must attend an informal meeting with a Board member, a Board investigator and/or the Medical Director of the Board to discuss the applicant’s failure of the examination(s) before being given a fourth and final attempt to pass the examination(s). If the applicant does not pass the examination(s) on the fourth attempt, the applicant may be denied licensure.

(9) Any other documentation or explanatory statements as required by the Board.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 677.100, 677.120 & 677.265
Hist.: BME 9-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-6-07 thru 8-3-07; BME 16-2007, f. & cert. ef. 7-23-07; BME 7-2010, f. & cert. ef. 4-26-10; OMB 1-2015, f. & cert. ef. 1-13-15

847-023-0015

Letters and Official Verifications to be Submitted for Licensure

(1) The applicant must ensure that either official documents are sent directly to the Board from the source or a certified copy is sent directly to the Board from another state medical board where the applicant is licensed:

(a) The Verification of Medical Education form, which includes degree issued, date of degree, dates of attendance, dates and reason of any leaves of absence or repeated years, and dates, name and location of medical school if a transfer student. Graduates of medical schools in the United States must have graduated from a school per OAR 847-020-0120(1) and graduates of international medical schools must have graduated from a school per 847-020-0130(2).

(b) A Dean's Letter of Recommendation, which includes a statement concerning the applicant's moral and ethical character and overall performance as a medical student. If the school attests that a Dean’s Letter is unavailable or the Board determines that it is unacceptable, a copy of the transcripts may be acceptable.

(c) A letter from the Fifth Pathway Hospital, if such applies, which includes an evaluation of overall performance and specific beginning and ending dates of training.

(d) A letter from the Director of Medical Education, Chairman or other official of the internship, residency and fellowship hospitals in the United States and other countries in which the postgraduate training was served, which includes an evaluation of overall performance and specific beginning and ending dates of training.

(2) The applicant must ensure that official documents are sent directly to the Board from:

(a) The Director or other official for practice and employment in hospitals, clinics, etc. in the United States and other countries: A currently dated original letter (a copy is not acceptable), from the hospital/clinic, which must include an evaluation of overall performance and specific beginning and ending dates of practice and employment, for the past five (5) years only. If the applicant has not practiced for more than two years, employment verifications will be required for the past ten (10) years. For physicians who have been or are in solo practice without hospital privileges at the time of solo practice, provide three reference letters from physicians in the local medical community who are familiar with the applicant’s practice and who have known the applicant for more than six months.

(b) The health licensing board in a state, district, territory or jurisdiction in the United States or Canada where the applicant has been licensed and is currently practicing or most recently practiced: Verification, which must show license number, date issued and status.

(c) Official Examination Certifications: An official examination certification showing the examination score is required from the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), the Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX), the Federation of State Medical Boards for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), or the Medical Council of Canada.

(d) The Federation of State Medical Boards: A Board Action Databank Inquiry report.

(e) The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates Verification of Certification.

(f) Any other documentation as required by the Board, including but not limited to medical records and criminal or civil records.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 677.100, 677.120 & 677.265
Hist.: BME 9-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-6-07 thru 8-3-07; BME 16-2007, f. & cert. ef. 7-23-07; BME 7-2010, f. & cert. ef. 4-26-10; OMB 1-2015, f. & cert. ef. 1-13-15

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