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.
To be a Board approved international
medical school for purposes of this rule the school shall meet the following
(a) All courses must
have been completed by personal attendance. No international medical school
accepting or providing credits for courses taken by correspondence shall be
(b) Course instruction
must consist of the equivalent of at least four (4) academic years with a
minimum of thirty-two (32) weeks of relevant medical instruction each academic
(c) The school shall be
recognized by the World Health Organization but such recognition is not binding
on the Board.
(d) The school's
admission standards must meet or exceed those of medical schools accredited by
the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
(e) Acceptable medical educational courses
and activities must have been centrally organized, integrated and controlled
into a continuous program which was conducted, monitored and approved by the
(f) If the
school does not meet these requirements the applicant cannot obtain a license
applicant shall cause to be submitted a notarized copy of the original
permanent E.C.F.M.G. certificate. In lieu of the certificate the following
shall be acceptable:
(a) Graduates of Mexican
medical schools may submit a letter from the E.C.F.M.G. stating all
requirements for issuance of a certificate have been met.
(b) For all applicants who cannot receive the
original or copies of the original certificate due to the phase out of the
E.C.F.M.G. must have submitted directly from the testing agency to the Board's
Administrative Office proof of successful completion of the U.S.M.L.E. Steps 1
& 2 which are the equivalent of the old E.C.F.M.G. certificates.
(c) For applicants who have completed the
E.C.F.M.G. requirements by utilization of the fifth pathway, all necessary
supporting documentation from the E.C.F.M.G. and the institution wherein the
fifth pathway criteria were met.
(5) An applicant shall submit evidence
satisfactory to the Board of successful completion of a three (3) year
residency 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 shows that the residency was
completed in one (1) discipline. An applicant who holds a specialty board
certification may be deemed to have completed the three (3) year residency
requirement of this rule if the specialty board is recognized and is a member
of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
(6) 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.
(7) An applicant shall submit evidence of
good moral character. Such evidence shall be two (2) recent (within the six 
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.
(8) 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.
(9) An applicant shall submit the application
fee and state regulatory fee as provided in rule 0880-02-.02(1) (a) and
(10) 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.
(11) An international medical school student
who has completed all but three (3) or less months of the three (3) year
residency program required by paragraph (5) of this rule may be allowed to
apply for licensure if all other requirements are met and the director of the
residency program submits a letter attesting to the applicant's satisfactory
performance in and anticipated successful completion of the residency. However,
no license shall be approved or issued until the requirements of paragraph (5)
of this rule are met.
applicant 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
(b) The denial of
licensure application by any other state or the discipline of licensure in any
(c) Loss or restriction of
(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
(e) Failure of any medical
(13) All documents required to be submitted
shall be translated into English and such translation certified along with the
original document as to authenticity by the issuing source.
(14) 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.
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
review and licensure decisions shall be governed by rule 0880-02-.07.
Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs.
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 February 23, 1995; effective May 9, 1995. Amendment filed March 29, 1996;
effective June 12, 1996. Amendment filed July 10, 1997; effective September 23,
1997. 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 November 23, 2005; effective
February 6, 2006. Amendment filed March 14, 2006; effective May 28, 2006.
Amendment filed March 22, 2007; effective June 5, 2007. Amendment filed March
13, 2009; effective May 27, 2009.
Authority: T.C.A. §§
4-5-204, 63-6-101, and