Inactivation of License
Licensees not actively engaged in the practice of medicine in Tennessee who wish to maintain their license on inactive status, and who are actively engaged in the practice of medicine in another state, may avoid automatic revocation of licensure by doing the following:
1. Obtain from, complete, and submit to the Board Administrative Office an affidavit form attesting to such inactivity.
2. Pay the licensure inactivation fee as provided in Rule 0880-02-.02(1)(j).
3. Submit any documentation which may be required by the form to the Board Administrative Office.
4. The applicant shall submit or cause to be submitted the equivalent of a Tennessee Certificate of Endorsement from licensing board in each state in which the applicant is actively practicing which indicates the applicant holds an active, current medical license and whether it is in good standing.
5. Comply with the licensure renewal rules provided in Rule 0880-02-.09.
(b) Upon the successful application for inactivation of a license, with the completion and receipt of all proper documentation to the Board's satisfaction, the Board shall grant such applicant a license designated on its face in bold print as "inactive". No holder of an inactive license may engage in the active practice of medicine in Tennessee. The Inactivation of a license is distinguished from an inactive volunteer license in that the latter allows the practice of medicine in Tennessee but only as provided by T.C.A. § 63-6-230.
Licensees who wish to retain their licenses but not actively practice medicine may avoid automatic revocation of licensure and/or compliance with the licensure renewal process by doing the following:
1. Obtain from, complete and submit to the Board Administrative Office an affidavit of retirement form.
2. Submit any documentation which may be required by the form to the Board Administrative Office.
(b) Upon successful application for retirement of licensure with completion and receipt of all proper documentation to the Board's satisfaction, the Board shall register the license as retired. Any person who has a retired license may not practice medicine in Tennessee.
Reactivation - Any licensee whose license has been retired or placed on inactive status may re-enter active practice by doing the following:
(a) Fully complete and submit the Board's Renewal/Reinstatement/Reactivation Application along with payment of the licensure renewal fee as provided in Rule 0880-02-.02 to the Board's Administrative Office. If retirement was pursuant to Rule 0880-02-.09(1) (f) and reactivation was requested prior to the expiration of one (1) year from the date of retirement, the Board may require payment of the late penalty and past due renewal fees as provided in Rule 0880-02-.02; and
(b) Submit, along with the application, documentation of successful completion of the continuing medical education requirements provided in rule 0880-02-. 19 obtained within two (2) years preceding the reactivation request. Unless the licensee has practiced pursuant to rule 0880-02-.22 or has actively practiced medicine in another state while the Tennessee license has been inactivated or retired, none of the required continuing medical education shall be taken via the Internet or other electronic means.
(c) If requested, after review by the Board or a designated Board member, appear before the either Board, or a duly constituted panel of the Board, or another Board member, or the Board Designee for an interview regarding continued competence in the event of licensure retirement or inactivity in excess of two (2) years or the receipt of derogatory information or communication during the reactivation process and/or be prepared to meet or accept other conditions or restrictions as the Board may deem necessary to protect the public. An applicant who is currently under investigation may be required to appear before a screening panel of the Board.
(d) In the case of a physician holding an inactive license, the licensee shall provide evidence of the active practice of medicine in another state during the full period the licensee held an inactive Tennessee license. Additionally, the licensee may be requested to provide such other details surrounding his or her inactive status as the Board may require.
(e) If licensure retirement was in excess of five (5) years, or the inactive licensee was not continuously and actively engaged in the practice of medicine in another state during the period he or she held an inactive Tennessee license, the licensee may be required to successfully complete the FLEX "Special Purpose Examination" as administered by the Board and/or meet such other requirements the Board feels necessary to establish current levels of competency.
(4) 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).
Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0880-02-.10
Original rule filed September 28, 1990; effective November 12, 1990. Repeal and new rule filed February 26, 1991; effective April 12, 1991. Amendment filed May 2, 1995; effective July 16, 1995. Amendment filed July 10, 1997; effective September 23, 1997. Amendment filed September 22, 1997; effective December 6, 1997. Amendment filed February 3, 1998; effective April 19, 1998. Amendment filed September 5, 2002; effective November 19, 2002. Amendment filed March 22, 2006; effective June 5, 2006.
Authority: T.C.A. §§ 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 63-6-101, 63-6-101(a), 63-6-210, 63-6-230, and 63-6-233.