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Rule 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 limited preexamination registration and pay the appropriate fee.

(2) Have achieved a recognized passing performance on step 1 and step 2 of the USMLE or levels 1 and 2 of the COMLEX-USA.

(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 step 3 or level 3, as applicable, of 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 can make a timely registration. The applicant shall be allowed to take two consecutive examinations before the applicant's registration expires.

(C) If the holder of a preexamination registration passes the examination identified in paragraph (B) of this rule, the holder 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 the applicant has met all applicable requirements of section 4731.292 of the Revised Code.

(D) A holder of a limited certificate, upon completion of requisite training and upon receipt of United States citizenship, shall be entitled to receive a license. "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 graduate medical education as defined in section 4731.04 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) Rule 4731-6-05 and 4731-6-21 of the Administrative Code shall apply to applicants for limited certificates under section 4731.292 of the Revised Code.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4731.05, 4731.292
Amplifies: 4731.292
Five Year Review Date: 7/31/2024
Prior Effective Dates: 2/29/1988 (Emer.), 6/6/1988 (Emer.), 11/1/1988 (Emer.), 12/19/1988, 2/10/1989, 8/15/1993, 12/1/1999, 10/31/2004