S.P. 441 - L.D. 1261
An Act To Allow Physicians Licensed in Other States but Trained outside the United States To Practice Medicine in Maine
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. 32 MRSA §3271, sub-§6 is enacted to read:
6. Waiver for exceptional circumstances. The board may waive the requirements of subsection 2 for a physician who does not meet the postgraduate training requirements but who meets the requirements of this subsection.
A. To be considered for a waiver under this subsection, the physician must:
(1) Be a graduate of a foreign medical school, not including a medical school in Canada or Great Britain;
(2) Be licensed in another state; and
(3) Have at least 3 years of clinical experience in the area of expertise.
B. If the physician meets the requirements of paragraph A, the board shall use the following qualifications of the physician to determine whether to grant a waiver:
(1) Completion of a 3-year clinical fellowship in the United States in the area of expertise. The burden of proof as to the quality and content of the fellowship is placed on the applicant;
(2) Appointment to a clinical academic position at a licensed medical school in the United States;
(3) Publication in peer-reviewed clinical medical journals recognized by the board;
(4) The number of years in clinical practice; and
(5) Other criteria demonstrating expertise, such as awards or other recognition.
C. The costs associated with the board's determination of licensing eligibility in regard to paragraph B must be paid by the applicant upon completion of the determination under paragraph A. The application cost must reflect and not exceed the actual cost of the final determination.
Effective September 17, 2005.
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