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49 Pa. Code § 17.2. License without restriction—endorsement.

§ 17.2. License without restriction—endorsement.

 (a)  Other qualifications. The Board will grant a license without restriction to an applicant who does not meet the standard license requirements enumerated in §  17.1 (relating to license without restriction), if the applicant has achieved cumulative qualifications which are endorsed by the Board as being equivalent to the standard requirements for the license.

 (b)  Graduation from an unaccredited medical college. A person who has completed the formal requirements for graduation from an unaccredited medical college, except an internship or social service requirement, who qualifies for and successfully completes a fifth pathway program, shall be considered as having achieved the same status as a graduate of an unaccredited medical college for the purpose of the Board’s evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications for a license without restriction.

 (c)  License examination. In evaluating the qualifications of an applicant who seeks a license without restriction on the basis of endorsement, the Board will accept a passing score on a licensing examination acceptable to the Board. If the examination was not taken in English, but is otherwise acceptable, and a passing score was secured, the Board will accept the examination result if the applicant has also secured a passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

 (d)  ECFMG certification. For purposes of endorsement, a graduate from an unaccredited medical school who has obtained certification by the ECFMG shall be deemed to have the equivalent of a passing score on steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE.

 (e)  The Board may, in lieu of the examination requirement provided for in subsection (c), consider whether the applicant has a significant history in the practice of medicine, has recognized professional and academic achievement and credentials and has obtained certification by a Board recognized specialty certification body.


   The provisions of this §  17.2 amended under sections 8 and 27—29 of the Medical Practice Act of 1985 (63 P. S. § §  422.8 and 422.27—422.29).


   The provisions of this §  17.2 adopted April 16, 1976, effective April 17, 1976, 6 Pa.B. 910; amended July 28, 1978, effective July 29, 1978, 8 Pa.B. 2099; amended January 2, 1987, effective December 31, 1986, 17 Pa.B. 24; amended February 3, 2006, effective February 4, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 532. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (255981) to (255982).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  17.1 (relating to license without restriction).

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