(1) The intent of
this rule is to provide for the expedited issuance of a certificate of
qualification to military service members and the spouses of military service
members who are relocated to and stationed in Alabama and who are also
board, at its discretion and pursuant to this rule, may issue a temporary
certificate of qualification by endorsement to a physician applicant who is
relocated to or stationed in this state under official military orders and who
satisfies any of the following:
(a) Is an
active duty, reserve, or transitioning member of the United States Armed
Forces, including the National Guard;
(b) Is the spouse of an active duty, reserve,
or transitioning member of the United States Armed Forces, including the
National Guard; or
(c) Is the
surviving spouse of a service member who, at the time of his or her death, was
serving on active duty.
(3) For the purposes of this rule, a
transitioning service member is a member of the United States Armed Forces,
including the National Guard, on active duty status or on separation leave who
is within 24 months of retirement or 12 months of separation.
A physician must satisfy the requirements
of paragraph (2) by providing the following:
(a) The active or reserve service member's
official military orders;
transitioning service member's DD Form 214 or NGB Form 22; or
(c) The deceased service member's DD Form 214
or NGB Form 22 and death certificate if the physician is the spouse of a
service member; and
(d) A marriage
certificate substantiating marriage to the service member if the physician is
the spouse of a service member.
A physician may receive a temporary
certificate of qualification issued under paragraph (2) if he or she satisfies
the requirements of paragraph (2) to the satisfaction of the board, and
presents evidence satisfactory to the board of all of the following:
(a) Possession of a full and unrestricted
license to practice medicine issued by the appropriate medical licensing board
of another state, the District of Columbia, a territory of the United States,
or a province of Canada;
Graduation from a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical
Education or the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, or a medical
school listed on the International Medical Education Directory or its
(c) Pursuant to Ala.
and these rules, passage of each component of the United States Medical
Licensing Examination (USMLE) or the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical
Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA), the Licentiate of the Medical Council of
Canada Examination, or any of their predecessor examinations accepted by the
applicant's licensing board as an equivalent examination for licensure
(d) Successful completion
of graduate medical education approved by the Accreditation Council for
Graduate Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association;
(e) Has never been convicted, received
adjudication, community supervision, or deferred disposition of any felony
offense or any crime related to fraud, violence, sexual violations, or the
practice of medicine;
(f) Has never
had his or her medical license subjected to discipline by a licensing agency in
any state, federal, or foreign jurisdiction, excluding any action related to
the non-payment of fees related to a license;
(g) Has never had a controlled substance
license or permit suspended or revoked by a state or the United States Drug
not currently under investigation by a licensing agency or law enforcement
authority in any state, federal, or foreign jurisdiction; and
(i) Is a United States citizen, a national of
the United States, or an alien lawfully present in the United States.
A physician who is issued a
temporary certificate of qualification under this rule shall apply for a
certificate of qualification pursuant to 540-x-3.12 within 12 months after the
issuance of a temporary certificate of qualification.
(a) A temporary certificate of qualification
issued under these rules shall expire 12 months after the date of issuance if
an application for a certificate of qualification pursuant to 540-X-3.12 has
not been received by the board.
A physician who is issued a temporary certificate of qualification under this
rule may apply for an Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate pursuant to
Chapter 540-X-4 of these rules.
Applicants for a temporary certificate of qualification under this rule shall
not be required to pay the initial application fee.
(d) A temporary certificate of qualification
may be issued by the Executive Director of the State Board of Medical
Examiners, or his or her designee, upon his or her satisfaction and
certification of the requirements set forth in this rule.
(e) The temporary certificate of
qualification shall clearly indicate that it is a temporary certificate for
military service members or their spouses.