RULES FOR LICENSURE OF VOLUNTEER EMERITUS PHYSICIANS
(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
(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 completed postgraduate training within the past 10 years or been certified or recertified by a specialty board within the past ten years may be required to demonstrate clinical competency by passing 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) Received a current appointment as Professor or Associate Professor at the Oregon Health and Science University or the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest;
(b) Completed at least 50 hours of Board-approved continuing medical education each year for the past three years; or
(c) Can demonstrate ongoing participation in maintenance of certification with a specialty board as defined in OAR 847-020-0100.
(3) A physician applying for a license to volunteer in health clinics who has not practiced medicine for a period of 12 or more consecutive months may be required to demonstrate clinical competency by passing the SPEX or 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.
(4) A physician applying for a license to volunteer in health clinics who has not practiced medicine for a period of 24 or more consecutive months may be required to complete a re-entry plan to the satisfaction of the Board. The re-entry plan must be reviewed and approved through a Consent Agreement prior to the applicant beginning the re-entry plan. Depending on the amount of time out of practice, the applicant may be required to do one or more of the following:
(a) Pass the SPEX/COMVEX examination;
(b) Practice for a specified period of time under a mentor/supervising physician who will provide periodic reports to the Board;
(c) Obtain certification or re-certification, or participate in maintenance of certification, with a specialty board as defined in OAR 847-020-0100;
(d) Complete a re-entry program as determined appropriate by the Board;
(e) Complete one year of accredited postgraduate or clinical fellowship training, which must be pre-approved by the Board’s Medical Director;
(f) Complete at least 50 hours of Board-approved continuing medical education each year for the past three years.
(5) The applicant may be granted a Limited License, SPEX/COMVEX according to OAR 847-010-0064.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.120, 677.265
States. Implemented: ORS 677.100, 677.120, 677.132, 677.265, 677.420
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; OMB 6-2016, f. & cert. ef. 4-8-16
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, color, 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 open-book examination on the Medical Practice Act (ORS chapter 677) and Oregon Administrative Rules chapter 847. If an applicant fails the examination three times, the applicant must attend an informal meeting with a Board member, the Executive Director, a Board investigator and/or the Medical Director of the Board to discuss the applicant’s failure of the examination before being given a fourth and final attempt to pass the examination. If the applicant does not pass the examination 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 181A.195, 677.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181A.195, 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; OMB 14-2016, f. & cert. ef. 10-7-16
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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