To practice medicine in Tennessee a person must possess a lawfully issued license from the board. The procedure for obtaining a license is as follows:

(1) An applicant shall obtain an application form from the Board Administrative Office, respond truthfully and completely to every question or request for information contained in the form and submit it along with all documentation and fees required by the form and this rule to the Board Administrative Office. It is the intent of this rule that all activities necessary to accomplish the filing of the required documentation be completed prior to filing a licensure application and that all documentation be filed simultaneously.
(2) It is the applicant's responsibility to request a graduate transcript from a medical school approved by the American Medical Association or its extant accreditation program for medical education or its successor be submitted directly from the school to the Board Administrative Office. The transcript must show that the degree has been conferred and carry the official seal of the institution.
(3) An applicant shall submit evidence satisfactory to the Board of successful completion of a one (1) year United States training program approved by the American Medical Association or its extant accreditation program for medical education or its successor. Such evidence shall include but not be dispositive of this requirement, a notarized certificate of completion and a letter attesting to satisfactory completion issued by the director of the program which shall indicate that the training was completed entirely after receipt of a medical degree in one continuous program in any one of the recognized medical specialty areas.
(4) An applicant shall submit a clear and recognizable, recently taken, bust photograph which shows the full head, face forward from at least the top of the shoulders up.
(5) An applicant shall submit evidence of good moral character. Such evidence shall be two (2) recent (within the six [6] months preceding the date the Board received the application) original letters from medical professionals, attesting to the applicant's personal character and professional ethics on the signatory's letterhead.
(6) An applicant shall submit proof of United States or Canada citizenship or evidence of being legally entitled to live and work in the United States. Such evidence may include notarized copies of birth certificates, naturalization papers or current visa status.
(7) An applicant shall submit the application fee and state regulatory fee as provided in rule 0880-02-.02(1) (a) and (g).
(8) All applicants shall submit or cause to be submitted a certificate of successful completion of the examination for licensure as governed by rule 0880-02-.08.
(9) All applicants shall disclose the circumstances surrounding any of the following:
(a) Conviction of any criminal law violation of any country, state, or municipality, except minor traffic violations.
(b) The denial of licensure application by any other state or the discipline of licensure in any state.
(c) Loss or restriction of hospital privileges.
(d) Any other civil suit judgment or civil suit settlement in which the applicant was a party defendant including, without limitation, actions involving medical malpractice, breach of contract, antitrust activity or any other civil action remedy recognized under any country's or state's statutory, common, or case law.
(e) Failure of any medical licensure examination.
(10) An applicant who has completed all but three (3) or less months of the one (1) year training program required by paragraph (3) of this rule may apply for licensure if all other requirements of this rule are met and the director of the training program submits a letter attesting to the applicant's satisfactory performance in and anticipated successful completion of the training program. However, no license shall be approved or issued until the requirements of paragraph (3) of this rule are met.
(11) The applicant shall cause to be submitted to the Board's administrative office directly from the vendor identified in the Board's licensure application materials, the result of a criminal background check.
(12) Submission of any document or set of documents required by this rule or submission of verification of the authenticity, validity and accuracy of the content of any document or set of documents required by this rule directly from the FCVS to the Board Administrative Office shall be deemed to be submission of originals of those documents or sets of documents by the issuing institution(s).
(13) Application review and licensure decisions shall be governed by rule 0880-02-.07.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0880-02-.03
Original rule filed October 13, 1983; effective November 14, 1983. Subsequently repealed and replaced twice, the last replacement was effective April 12, 1991. Amendment filed November 27, 1991; effective February 26, 1992. Amendment filed December 29, 1992; effective February 15, 1993. Amendment filed February 23, 1995; effective May 9, 1995. Amendment filed February 3, 1998; effective April 19, 1998. Amendment filed December 5, 2003; effective February 18, 2004. Amendment filed August 23, 2005; effective November 6, 2005. Amendment filed March 14, 2006; effective May 28, 2006. Amendment filed March 22, 2007; effective June 5, 2007.

Authority: T.C.A. ยงยง 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 63-6-101, and 63-6-207.

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