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Subchapter B. EXAMINATION INFORMATION


Sec.


17.11.    Examination information for license without restriction.
17.12.    Failure on FLEX I or FLEX II.
17.12a.    [Reserved].
17.12b.    [Reserved].
17.12c.    Failure on USMLE.
17.12d.    SPEX Examination.
17.13.    [Reserved].
17.14.    [Reserved].
17.15.    [Reserved].
17.16.    [Reserved].
17.17.    [Reserved].
17.18.    [Reserved].
17.19.    [Reserved].
17.20.    [Reserved].
17.20a.    [Reserved].

§ 17.11. Examination information for license without restriction.

 (a)  FLEX. This is the examination offered by the Board for a license without restriction. The last regular administration of FLEX I and FLEX II was December of 1993. The examination is comprised of two components—FLEX I and FLEX II. Both components are given every December and June. FLEX I may be taken after graduating from a medical college but, beginning July 1, 1986, shall be passed prior to commencing a second-year level of graduate medical training if the medical doctor has not already passed Parts I and II of the National Boards or a licensing examination acceptable to the Board under §  17.1(a)(1)(iii), (viii) and (ix) (relating to license without restriction), or secured a license without restriction in this Commonwealth or an equivalent license issued by a state, territory or possession of the United States or the Dominion of Canada. FLEX II may be taken after graduating from a medical college but, for a medical doctor to begin a third-year level of graduate medical training he shall first pass FLEX I and FLEX II or a licensing examination acceptable to the Board under §  17.1(a)(1)(iii), (viii) and (ix), or have secured a license without restriction in this Commonwealth or an equivalent license issued by another state, territory or possession of the United States or theDominion of Canada. Both FLEX I and FLEX II may be taken by astudent in a medical college if the student is in the last semester or asimilar school term, the dean of the medical college certifies to the Board that the student’s graduation is imminent and the semester or similar school term will conclude shortly after the administration of FLEX I and FLEX II. A passing score on this examination satisfies the examination requirement for a license without restriction.

 (b)  Licensing examination of Federation from June 1968 through December 1984. This examination is the forerunner of the present FLEX. A passing score on this three-part examination satisfies the examination requirement for a license without restriction. This examination is no longer offered as a licensing examination by the Board. A passing score on this examination shall have been achieved in an individual attempt, that is, a passing score cannot be achieved by combining scores received on separate parts of the examination obtained in more than one examination attempt.

 (c)  National Boards. This examination comprised of Parts I, II and III was given in most accredited medical colleges. A passing score on this examination satisfies the examination requirement for a license without restriction.

 (d)  USMLE. This examination is a uniform examination for licensure which replaces the National Boards Parts I, II and III and FLEX I and FLEX II. Each step is given twice a year. To be eligible for Step 1 or 2 of the examination, an individual shall be a medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, an accredited medical school or a graduate of an unaccredited medical school. Steps 1 and 2 may be taken in any sequence. To be eligible for Step 3 of the USMLE, the individual shall have obtained a medical doctor degree or equivalent, shall have achieved a passing score on both Step 1 and Step 2 or equivalent, and shall be enrolled in a graduate medical training program. Additionally, a graduate of an unaccredited school shall be currently certified by ECFMG or shall have successfully completed a ‘‘Fifth Pathway’’ program. All Steps of the examination shall be completed within 7 years. A passing score on this examination satisfies the examination requirement for a license without restriction.

 (e)  Examination of the Medical Council of Canada. This is an examination offered in Canada which has been adopted as a licensing examination in most of the provinces of Canada. A passing score on this examination, as determined by the Medical Council of Canada, satisfies the examination requirement for a license without restriction if the examination was taken in English in or after May 1970.

 (f)  State Board Examination. This is an examination for a license to practice medicine and surgery without restriction, other than USMLE, FLEX or the forerunner of FLEX, which is used by a licensing authority in another state, territory or possession of the United States. A passingscore on this examination, as determined by the licensing authority in the other jurisdiction, satisfies the examination requirement for a license without restriction if the examination was taken in English prior to December 1973.

Source

   The provisions of this §  17.11 adopted March 6, 1964; amended May 13, 1977, effective May 14, 1977, 7 Pa.B. 1280; amended July 28, 1978, effective July 29, 1978, 8 Pa.B. 2099; amended February 15, 1985, effective February 16, 1985, 15 Pa.B. 568; amended January 2, 1987, effective December 31, 1986, 17 Pa.B. 24; amended April 8, 1994, effective April 9, 1994, 24 Pa.B. 1838. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (117152) to (117153).

§ 17.12. Failure on FLEX I or FLEX II.

 (a)  Retaking examination. An individual who fails either FLEX I or FLEX II is permitted to retake that component of the FLEX in this Commonwealth after the expiration of 6 months and within 2 years from the prior examination date.

 (b)  Repeating year of graduate medical training. If an individual fails to secure a passing grade on FLEX I in a second attempt, the individual shall repeat a year of graduate medical training at a first-year level before retaking FLEX I in this Commonwealth. If the individual fails to secure a passing grade on FLEX II in a second attempt, the individual shall repeat a year of graduate medical training at a first or second-year level before retaking FLEX II in this Commonwealth.

 (c)  Awaiting examination results. Effective July 1, 1986, if an individual scheduled to go into a second-year level of graduate medical training is awaiting the FLEX I score, the individual may not begin training at a second-year level until the individual has notified the Board that FLEX I has been passed, and the Board has issued the appropriate license, but may continue to train at a first-year level until that time, if the individual has renewed the first-year level license. An individual scheduled to go into a third-year level of graduate medical training who is awaiting the FLEX II score, may not begin training at a third-year level until the individual has notified the Board that FLEX II has been passed, and the Board has issued the appropriate license, but may continue to train at a first or second-year level until that time, if the individual has renewed the first or second-year level license.

Source

   The provisions of this §  17.12 adopted March 6, 1964; amended May 13, 1977, effective May 14, 1977, 7 Pa.B. 1280; amended July 28, 1978, effective July 29, 1978, 8 Pa.B. 2099; amended July 20, 1979, effective July 21, 1979, 9 Pa.B. 2395; amended July 16, 1982, effective July 17, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 2284; amended February 15, 1985, effective February 16, 1985, 15 Pa.B. 568; amended January 2, 1987, effective December 31, 1986, 17 Pa.B. 24; amended April 8, 1994, effective April 9, 1994, 24 Pa.B. 1838. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (117153) to (117154).

§ 17.12a. [Reserved].


Source

   The provisions of this §  17.12a adopted July 16, 1982, effective July 17, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 2284; reserved January 2, 1987, effective December 31, 1986, 17 Pa.B. 24. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (97762).

§ 17.12b. [Reserved].


Source

   The provisions of this §  17.12b adopted February 15, 1985, effective February 16, 1985, 15 Pa.B. 568; reserved January 2, 1987, effective December 31, 1986, 17 Pa.B. 24. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (97763) to (97764).

§ 17.12c. Failure on USMLE.

 (a)  Retaking examination. An individual is permitted to retake any component of the USMLE. Steps 1, 2 and 3 shall be completed within a 7-year period. Because Steps 1 and 2 may be taken in any sequence, the 7-year period begins with the passage of the first step taken.

 (b)  Repeating year of graduate medical training. If an individual fails to secure a passing score on Step 3 in a third attempt, the individual shall repeat a year of graduate medical training at a first or second-year level before retaking Step 3.

 (c)  Awaiting examination results. If an individual scheduled to go into a second-year level of graduate medical training is awaiting examination scores, the individual may not begin training at a second-year level, but may continue to train at a first-year level, if the individual has renewed the first-year level license, until the individual has notified the Board that Steps 1 and 2 have been passed and the Board has issued the appropriate license. If an individual scheduled to go into a third-year level of graduate medical training is awaiting examination scores, the individual may not begin training at a third-year level, but may continue to train at a first or second-year level, if the individual has renewed the first or second-year level license, until the individual has notified the Board that Step 3 has been passed and the Board has issued the appropriate license.

Source

   The provisions of this §  17.12c adopted April 8, 1994, effective April 9, 1994, 24 Pa.B. 1838.

§ 17.12d. SPEX Examination.

 The Special Purpose Examination, SPEX, is a 1-day examination focusing on a core of clinical knowledge and relevant, underlying basic science principles necessary to form a reasonable foundation for the safe and effective practice of medicine. The SPEX was developed by the NBME at the direction of the Federation to be a cognitive examination to assist the assessment of current competence requisite for medical practice by physicians who hold or have held a valid license in a United States jurisdiction. A passing score on SPEX is 75 as determined by the Federation. When the Board determines that an examination is required for a medical doctor coincident to a disciplinary or corrective measure, the requirement may be satisfied by passing the SPEX.

Source

   The provisions of this §  17.12d adopted April 8, 1994, effective April 9, 1994, 24 Pa.B. 1838.

§ 17.13. [Reserved].


Source

   The provisions of this §  17.13 adopted March 6, 1964; amended May 13, 1977, effective May 14, 1977, 7 Pa.B. 1280; amended July 28, 1978, effective July 29, 1978, 8 Pa.B. 2099; amended February 15, 1985, effective February 16, 1985, 15 Pa.B. 568; reserved January 2, 1987, effective December 31, 1986, 17 Pa.B. 24. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (97764) to (97765).

§ 17.14. [Reserved].


Source

   The provisions of this §  17.14 adopted March 6, 1964; amended May 13, 1977, effective May 14, 1977, 7 Pa.B. 1280; amended July 28, 1978, effective July 29, 1978, 8 Pa.B. 2099; amended February 15, 1985, effective February 16, 1985, 15 Pa.B. 568; reserved January 2, 1987, effective December 31, 1986, 17 Pa.B. 24. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (97766).

§ 17.15. [Reserved].


Source

   The provisions of this §  17.15 adopted March 6, 1964; amended May 13, 1977, effective May 14, 1977, 7 Pa.B. 1280; amended July 28, 1978, effective July 29, 1978, 8 Pa.B. 2099; amended July 20, 1979, effective July 21, 1979, 9 Pa.B. 2395; amended February 15, 1985, effective February 16, 1985, 15 Pa.B. 568; reserved January 2, 1987, effective December 31, 1986, 17 Pa.B. 24. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (97767) and (97769).

§ 17.16. [Reserved].


Source

   The provisions of this §  17.16 adopted March 6, 1964; amended May 13, 1977, effective May 14, 1977, 7 Pa.B. 1280; amended July 28, 1978, effective July 29, 1978, 8 Pa.B. 2099; amended July 20, 1979, effective July 21, 1979, 9 Pa.B. 2395; amended February 15, 1985, effective February 16, 1985, 15 Pa.B. 568; reserved January 2, 1987, effective December 31, 1986, 17 Pa.B. 24. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (97769) to (97770).

§ 17.17. [Reserved].


Source

   The provisions of this §  17.17 adopted May 13, 1977 effective May 14, 1977, 7 Pa.B. 1280; amended July 28, 1978, effective July 29, 1978, 8 Pa.B. 2099; reserved July 20, 1979, effective July 21, 1979, 9 Pa.B. 2395. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (38332) to (38333).

§ 17.18. [Reserved].


Source

   The provisions of this §  17.18 adopted November 12, 1976, effective November 13, 1976, 6 Pa.B. 2882; amended May 13, 1977, effective May 14, 1977, 7 Pa.B. 1280; amended July 28, 1978, effective July 29, 1978, 8 Pa.B. 2099; reserved January 2, 1987, effective December 31, 1986, 17 Pa.B. 24. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (97770).

§ 17.19. [Reserved].


Source

   The provisions of this §  17.19 adopted July 28, 1978, effective July 29, 1978, 8 Pa.B. 2099; amended February 15, 1985, effective February 16, 1985, 15 Pa.B. 568; reserved January 2, 1987, effective December 31, 1986, 17 Pa.B. 24. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (97771).

§ 17.20. [Reserved].


Source

   The provisions of this §  17.20 adopted July 28, 1978, effective July 29, 1978, 8 Pa.B. 2099; amended July 20, 1979, effective July 21, 1979, 9 Pa.B. 2395; amended November 22, 1980, effective November 23, 1980, 10 Pa.B. 4425; amended July 16, 1982, effective July 17, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 2284; amended May 6, 1983, effective May 7, 1983, 13 Pa.B. 1580; amended February 15, 1985, effective February 16, 1985, 15 Pa.B. 568; reserved January 2, 1987, effective December 31, 1986, 17 Pa.B. 24. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (97771) to (97772).

§ 17.20a. [Reserved].


Source

   The provisions of this §  17.20a adopted October 29, 1982, effective October 30, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 3819; amended February 15, 1985, effective February 16, 1985, 15 Pa.B. 568; reserved January 2, 1987, effective December 31, 1986, 17 Pa.B. 24. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (97773).



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