NEWARK – The State Board of Medical Examiners (“the Board”) has proposed amendments to regulations regarding graduate medical education programs and standards for licensure in order to reflect the accreditation processes for international medical schools and positively affect the supply of physicians practicing in the State.
The proposed amendments replace outdated restrictions on graduates of international medical schools seeking licensure or authorization to engage in the practice of medicine in the State. Since the current restrictions were adopted several decades ago, recognized bodies have begun accrediting international medical schools and identifying countries with reliable accrediting processes. The proposal would allow graduates of international medical schools to rely on determinations made by the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME) and the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) in order to practice medicine regardless of whether all of the graduate’s didactic training was completed in the jurisdiction where the school is authorized to confer a medical degree.
The proposed amendments, and information on how to submit a comment by January 3, 2020, can be viewed here.