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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 of Medical Examiners may issue a license, with emeritus registration, 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 obtained certification by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), the Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX), or the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

(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:

(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 or the American Osteopathic Association; or

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

(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 677.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 677.265
Hist.: BME 16-2006, f. & cert. ef. 7-25-06; BME 5-2008, f. & cert. ef. 1-22-08

847-023-0010

Documents and Forms to be Submitted for Licensure

The documents submitted must be no larger than 8 1/2” x by 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. The application form and photographs must be originals and all other documents must be legible copies. The following documents are required for a physician applying for an Oregon license, with emeritus registration:

(1) Application Form: Completed formal application form provided by the Board. Each and every question must be answered with dates, showing month and year. The application fee is waived for physicians applying for an Oregon license, with emeritus registration.

(2) Birth Certificate: A copy of birth certificate for proof of name and birth date.

(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) Fifth Pathway Certificate. A copy of fifth Pathway Certificate if such program has been completed.

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

(6) Photograph: A close-up, finished, original photograph (passport quality), no smaller than 2" x 2" and no larger than 2 1/2" x 3", front view, head and shoulders (not profile), with features distinct, taken within 90 days preceding the filing of the application with the applicant's signature in ink and date taken on the photograph side.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 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

847-023-0015

Letters and Official Grade Certifications to be Submitted for Licensure with Emeritus Registration

(1) The applicant for licensure with emeritus registration must either request official letters to be sent directly to the Board from the following sources or a certified copy from another state medical board where the applicant is licensed:

(a) The Dean of the Medical/Osteopathic School to complete 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, and submit directly to the Board. Graduates of medical schools in the United States must have graduated from a school per OAR 847-020-0120 (2)(a) and graduates of international medical schools must have graduated from a school per 847-020-0130 (2)(b).

(b) A copy of the Dean's Letter of Recommendation which shall include a statement concerning the applicant's moral and ethical character and overall performance as a medical student.

(c) The Program Director, Chairman or other official of the Fifth Pathway Hospital, if such applies: A currently dated original letter from the hospital in which such training was served, shall include an evaluation of overall performance and specific beginning and ending dates of training. A certified copy from the state medical board is acceptable.

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

(2) The applicant for licensure with emeritus registration must request official letters to be sent directly to the Board from the following sources:

(a) The Director or other official for practice and employment in hospitals, clinics, etc., in the United States and foreign countries: A currently dated original letter (a copy is not acceptable), from the hospital/clinic which shall 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 Executive Secretary of the State Board in the United States or Canada where the applicant has been licensed and is currently practicing or most recently practiced. The currently dated original letter (a copy is not acceptable) from the board shall show license number, date issued and status.

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

Stat. Auth.: ORS 677.265
Stats. Implemented: ORS 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

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