Current through Reg. 47, No. 249; December 28, 2021
(a) Certification of a foreign medical school
is the responsibility of the Florida Department of Health and is based on
standards established by the Florida Board of Medicine with the cooperation of
the Department. To the extent possible the same standards as are applied in the
accreditation of U.S. medical schools must be applied for certification of a
foreign medical school. The law states that if reasonable comparability is
established then the graduates of that certified medical school "shall be
subject to the same licensure requirements as graduates of accredited medical
schools or colleges".
practical terms a graduate of a foreign medical school that has been certified
by the State of Florida will be eligible for the Florida medical licensure
examination [Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX)] after one year of
graduate training in an approved program. No additional qualifying examinations
will be required for licensure in Florida. Under present conditions, program
directors and institutions are required by the ACGME to be certain that foreign
medical graduates have been certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign
Medical Graduates before they are eligible to enter an approved residency
program in the United States. The standards required by law for licensure in
Florida are not the same as, or required to take into consideration, standards
set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for
entry into an accredited residency program in the United States. See "Directory
of Residency Training Programs," (ACGME).
(c) Certification is entirely voluntary on
the part of the school. The Florida law states: "Any foreign medical school
which wishes to be certified pursuant to this section shall make application to
the department for such certification . . . ."
(a) Responsibility for certification of
foreign medical schools rests in the Florida Department of Health. The law
states "the department may contract with outside consultants or a national
professional organization to survey and evaluate foreign medical schools. Such
consultants or organization shall report to the department regarding its
findings in the survey and evaluations."
(a) The certification of foreign medical
school programs leading to the M.D. degree, or its equivalent, is determined by
the Florida Department of Health. To be certified, programs must meet the
standards set forth by the Board in this rule chapter as judged by the
Department, with the assistance of the technical advisory group. These
standards are sometimes stated in a fashion that is not susceptible to
quantification or to precise definition because the nature of the evaluation is
qualitative in character and can be accomplished only by the exercise of
professional judgment by qualified persons.
(b) In these standards, the words "must" and
"should" have been chosen with care. Use of the word "must" indicates that
Florida considers meeting the standard to be absolutely necessary if the
program is to be certified. Use of the word "should" indicates that Florida
considers an attribute to be highly desirable and makes a judgment as to
whether or not its absence may compromise substantial compliance with all of
the requirements for certification.
Fla. Admin. Code Ann. R.
FS. Law Implemented
New 8-24-87, Formerly
21M-42.003, 61F6-42.003, 59R-15.003.