SPONSOR: Keathley

This bill requires a candidate applying for licensure as a physician to submit to a criminal background check and furnish certain educational and experience documents.

This bill also allows the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts to require applicants to list all licenses to practice as a physician currently or previously held in another state, territory, or country and to disclose any past or pending investigations, discipline, or sanctions for such licenses. The Board may also obtain a report on the applicant from the National Practitioner Data Bank.

This bill specifies that if the Board does not approve or deny an application for licensure as a physician within 45 days from the date of receipt, the application will be deemed approved and the candidate will be considered licensed.

This bill specifies that an applicant who has completed an unaccredited postgraduate training in a medical subspecialty for which there isn't a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) will satisfy the training requirements for permanent licensure as required by state rules if such training occurred in a teaching hospital accredited by ACGME. The Board must waive such training requirements for any applicant who has been a licensed physician in good standing in another state for more than three years.

This bill is similar to SB 1030 (2024) and HB 1279 (2023).

Statutes affected:
Introduced (5558H.01): 334.031, 334.035