4731-6-31 Limited preexamination registration and limited certification.

(A) An applicant for a limited preexamination registration to practice in state-operated institutions under section 4731.292 of the Revised Code must be a graduate of a medical or osteopathic school or college that was reputable and in good standing in the judgment of the board at the time the diploma was issued. A school shall be considered reputable and in good standing if it is accredited by the LCME or the AOA, or if its graduates are eligible for ECFMG certification. In addition, an applicant for limited preexamination registration must:

(1) Submit an application for examination under section 4731.08 of the Revised Code acceptable to the board; and

(2) Submit the required examination and registration fee; and

(3) Submit an application for limited preexamination registration.

(4) After December 1993 an applicant must have successfully completed step 1 and step 2 of the USMLE or one of the following:

(a) Part 1 of the national board of medical examiners examination or step 1 of the USMLE, and part II of the national board of medical examiners examination or step 2 of the USMLE.

(b) Component 1 of the FLEX.

(c) Component 2 of the FLEX, if the applicant is applying to take component 1 of the FLEX during 1994.

(5) After December 1999 an applicant must have successfully completed step 1 and step 2 of the USMLE.

(6) Successful completion of part I or part II of the national board of medical examiners means attaining or exceeding that figure established by the national board of medical examiners as a passing score for that part.

(7) Successful completion of step 1 or step 2 of the USMLE means the score achieved for that step must have been reported by the USMLE program as a passing score.

(8) Successful completion of component I of the FLEX means attaining a score of seventy-five or above as reported by the federation.

(B) Limited preexamination registration shall permit practice of medicine or surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery only in the state institution for which the registration is issued and only under the supervision of the medical staff of that institution. The preexamination registration shall be valid only until such time as the applicant takes and receives the results from the licensure examination specified by rule 4731-6-05 of the Administrative Code. That examination must be taken at the applicant's first reasonable opportunity. "First reasonable opportunity" shall mean the first examination for which the applicant is scheduled by the board. The applicant shall be allowed to take two consecutive examinations before his registration expires. A choice to defer the first examination for which the applicant is scheduled by the board will be permitted, but will be counted as one of the two consecutive examinations.

(C) If the holder of a preexamination registration passes the examination administered under paragraph (B) of this rule, he or she shall be granted a limited certificate under section 4731.292 of the Revised Code upon submitting an application for a limited certificate and furnishing proof satisfactory to the board that:

(1) The applicant has filed an application for naturalization and that such application has not been rejected or withdrawn, or if not yet eligible to file an application for naturalization, the applicant has filed a declaration of intention to become a citizen of the United States in an appropriate court of record; and

(2) The applicant has successfully passed the ECFMG test; and

(3) The applicant is at least eighteen years of age and of good moral character; and

(4) The applicant will limit his or her practice and training within the physical confines of the institution for which the limited certificate to practice is granted; and

(5) The medical staff of the institution for which the limited certificate to practice is granted has approved in writing his or her application for such certificate; and

(6) The applicant will practice medicine or surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery only under the supervision of the attending medical staff of the institution for which the limited certificate is granted.

(D) A holder of a limited certificate, upon completion of requisite training and upon receipt of his United States citizenship, shall be entitled to receive an unlimited certificate to practice. "Requisite training" shall be defined to mean that the holder of a limited certificate has completed a total of two years of training, which shall include:

(1) Training at an institution or institutions under a preexamination registration or registrations; or

(2) Training at an institution or institutions under a limited certificate or certificates; or

(3) Training in an approved internship, residency or fellowship as defined in section 4731.091 of the Revised Code.

(E) A limited certificate shall be valid for a period of one year, but can be renewed annually not more than four times. The applicant for renewal shall:

(1) Submit a renewal application containing such information as required by the board; and

(2) Submit evidence of written approval of the medical staff of the institution for which the certificate is issued; and

(3) Submit the required renewal fee.

(F) In the case of Mexican diplomas, only the titulo or the acta, along with appropriate evidence of nonconcurrent internship and social service, is considered equivalent to the degree of doctor of medicine.

(G) Chapter 4731-5 of the Administrative Code and rules 4731-6-02 , 4731-6-07 , 4731-6-21 and 4731-6-22 of the Administrative Code shall apply to applicants for limited certificates under section 4731.292 of the Revised Code.

Eff 2-29-88 (Emer.); 6-6-88 (Emer.); 11-1-88; 12-19-88; 2-10-89; 8-15-93; 12-1-99; 10-31-04
Rule promulgated under: RC 119.03
Rule authorized by: RC 4731.05
Rule amplifies: RC 4731.08 , 4731.091 , 4731.12 , 4731.13 , 4731.142 , 4731.291 , 4731.292 , 4731.293 , 4731.294
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/30/2004 and 10/31/2009