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PHYSICIAN FACT SHEET -    LICENSURE ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must make a personal appearance before a Board representative prior to issuance of
suspension or revocation by the licensing board in which the misconduct occurred.

Domestic Graduate Requirements

1. Graduate of an accredited medical or osteopathic school located in the United States, its
territories, or Canada.

2. Successfully complete one year of U.S./Canadian graduate, clinical medical training in a
program accredited by the Accreditation     Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or
the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of
Canada, or other graduate training approved, in advance, by the board as meeting standards
similar to those of a national accrediting organization.

3. Successfully complete the USMLE, National Board, LMCC, FLEX or state exam. Applicants
licensed in another state must pass the SPEX exam within three attempts if it has been more than
10 years since taking the initial licensing exam unless currently certified by a specialty board of
the American Board of Medical Specialties, of the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of
Professional Education, of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or of the
College of Family Physicians of Canada.

International Graduate Requirements

1. Graduate of a medical school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

2. Successfully complete two years of US/Canadian graduate, clinical medical training in an
accredited program unless:
a) admitted as a permanent immigrant to the United States as a person of exceptional ability in
sciences  pursuant to rules of the U.S. Department of Labor, or
b)  issued a permanent immigrant visa as a person of extraordinary ability or as an outstanding
professor or researcher and has a valid medical license in another country; or  
c)  licensed in another state and practiced 5 years without disciplinary action in the US/Canada,
completed one year US/Canadian accredited training and passed SPEX within three attempts in
24  months prior to licensing.

3. ECFMG certificate.

4. Successfully complete the USMLE, FLEX, LMCC or state exam. Applicants licensed in another
state must pass the SPEX exam within three attempts if it has been more than 10 years since
taking the initial licensing exam unless currently certified by a specialty board of the American
Board of Medical Specialties, of the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Professional
Education, of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or of the College of
Family Physicians of Canada.

USMLE REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must have passed steps 1, 2 and 3 within a 7 year period. This 7 year period begins
when an applicant first passes either step 1 or 2. Applicants must pass each step with passing
scores as recommended by the USMLE program within three attempts. Combinations of FLEX,
National Board, and USMLE (as outlined in the USMLE bulletin) may be accepted by the Board
as comparable to existing exam sequences, but all exams must be passed within three attempts
and completed prior to the year 2000.

FLEX EXAM REQUIREMENTS
Eligibility requirements for medical licensure in Minnesota based on the FLEX exam are as
follows:

1. Applicants who took and passed FLEX prior to 1985 must have passed in one sitting within
five attempts.

2. Applicants who took and passed FLEX between 1985 and 1990 may pass in two sittings
providing it is within five attempts.

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3. Applicants who have made up to five attempts to pass FLEX (some attempts before 1985 and
some between 1985 and 1990, inclusive) may pass in two sittings between 1985 and 1990.

4. Applicants taking FLEX after 1990 may pass in two sittings within three attempts.

The latest score is the "official score". Passing score is a weighted average of 75 prior to 1985;
thereafter, the passing score is 75 on each component.

PERMITS
A temporary permit is available for physicians who have complied with all requirements and wish
to practice prior to a decision on their application. A temporary permit is valid only until the Board
meeting at which a decision is made on the application. No extension is available. Physicians
licensed in another state who have complied with all other requirements, but have not yet passed
SPEX, may receive a temporary permit valid for up to six months.

A physician must have a residency permit to participate in a residency program unless licensed
by the Board. The residency permit is program specific; therefore, a separate residency permit is
required for each residency program until a physician is licensed.

LICENSURE EXEMPTIONS
Minnesota does not require the following physicians to be licensed while:

1. practicing at a federal facility providing s/he is licensed elsewhere.

2. in actual consultation here providing s/he is licensed in another state or country.

3. serving as a camp doctor in Minnesota; however, physicians must register with the board.
There is no fee involved.

4. a student practicing under the direct supervision of a preceptor and attending a recognized
medical school.

5. performing the duties of an intern or resident or engaged in postgraduate work approved by the
board as meeting standards similar to those of a national accrediting organization provided the
student has a residency permit issued by the Board.

6. employed in a scientific, sanitary or teaching capacity by a bona fide educational institution or
state health department while engaged in such duties.

7. providing medical services at a competitive athletic event if physician is registered with the
Board and is licensed in another state.

CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION
Each licensed physician must obtain 75 hours of category 1 continuing medical education (CME)
credit every three years as a condition of licensure renewal. Newly licensed physicians
commence their three year cycle on their birth month following the initial date of licensure.
Physicians under Emeritus registration and licensees in full-time residency or fellowship training
at a professionally accredited facility are exempt from the continuing medical education
requirement.

RENEWAL CYCLE
Medical licenses must be renewed annually based on birth month. Renewal notices are sent
approximately 45 days prior to expiration. It is the physician's responsibility to keep the Board
advised of their current address. The Board is obligated to mail the renewal application to the
address on file. Failure to receive the renewal documents does not relieve physicians of their
renewal obligation. Physicians practicing in Minnesota without a currently valid license are
practicing illegally which may result in potential liability or disciplinary action. Physicians not
practicing in Minnesota who allow their license to lapse are cancelled after two years due to
nonrenewal and must reapply and meet the requirements in place at the time in order to resume
practice in Minnesota.

If any part of this Fact Sheet conflicts with the rules or laws, the rules or laws take precedence.

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