32-1426. Licensure by endorsement

A. An applicant who is licensed in another jurisdiction and who meets the applicable requirements prescribed in section 32-1422, 32-1423 or 32-1424, has paid the fees required by this chapter and has filed a completed application found by the board to be true and correct is eligible to be licensed to engage in the practice of medicine in this state through endorsement under any one of the following conditions:

1. The applicant is certified by the national board of medical examiners or its successor entity as having successfully passed all three parts of the United States medical licensing examination or its successor examination.

2. The applicant has successfully passed a written examination that the board determines is equivalent to the United States medical licensing examination and that is administered by any state, territory or district of the United States, a province of Canada or the medical council of Canada.

3. The applicant successfully completed the three part written federation of state medical boards licensing examination administered by any jurisdiction before January 1, 1985 and obtained a weighted grade average of at least seventy-five on the complete examination. Successful completion of the examination shall be achieved in one sitting.

4. The applicant successfully completed the two component federation licensing examination administered after December 1, 1984 and obtained a scaled score of at least seventy-five on each component within a five year period.

5. The applicant's score on the United States medical licensing examination was equal to the score required by this state for licensure pursuant to section 32-1425.

6. The applicant successfully completed one of the following combinations of examinations:

(a) Parts one and two of the national board of medical examiners examination, administered either by the national board of medical examiners or the educational commission for foreign medical graduates, with a successful score determined by the national board of medical examiners and passed either step three of the United States medical licensing examination or component two of the federation licensing examination with a scaled score of at least seventy-five.

(b) The federation licensing examination component one examination and the United States medical licensing step three examination with scaled scores of at least seventy-five.

(c) Each of the following:

(i) Part one of the national board of medical examiners licensing examination with a passing grade as determined by the national board of medical examiners or step one of the United States medical licensing examination with a scaled score of at least seventy-five.

(ii) Part two of the national board of medical examiners licensing examination with a passing grade as determined by the national board of medical examiners or step two of the United States medical licensing examination with a scaled score of at least seventy-five.

(iii) Part three of the national board of medical examiners licensing examination with a passing grade as determined by the national board of medical examiners or step three of the United States medical licensing examination with a scaled score of at least seventy-five or component two of the federation licensing examination with a scaled score of at least seventy-five.

B. The board may require an applicant seeking licensure by endorsement based on successful passage of a written examination or combination of examinations, the most recent of which precedes by more than ten years the application for licensure by endorsement in this state to take and pass a special purpose licensing examination to assist the board in determining the applicant's ability to safely engage in the practice of medicine. The board may also conduct a records review and physical and psychological assessments. If appropriate, and may review practice history to determine the applicant’s ability to safely engage in the practice of medicine.

R4-16-204. Licensure by Endorsement

A. An applicant for licensure by endorsement may make a written request of the Board, for an extension of the seven-year period provided by A.R.S. § 32-1426(B)(4) to pass one of the combinations of specified examinations. The applicant shall submit the written request to the Board with evidence that:

1. The applicant meets all requirements for licensure and for taking the United States Medical Licensing Examination,

2. The combination of examinations cannot be passed in the time required by law, and

3. The applicant is:

(a) A full-time student in an approved school of medicine, as defined in A.R.S. § 32-1401(5);

(b) A participant in an approved hospital internship, residency, or clinical fellowship program, as defined in A.R.S. § 32-1401(4); or

(c) A full-time student in a recognized medical degree program, as defined in subsection (E), concurrently or consecutively with medical school or postgraduate training.

B. If the Board determines that the applicant satisfies the requirements of subsection (A), the Board shall grant the extension.

C. An extension shall not exceed 10 years from the date on which the applicant successfully completes the first part of the combination of examinations.

D. If the Board denies the request for extension, the applicant may request a hearing by filing a written notice with the Board no later than 30 days after receipt of notice of the Board's action. A hearing shall be conducted according to A.R.S. Title 41, Chapter 6, Article 10.

E. In this Section, a "recognized degree program" means an education program offered by a college or university approved by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or Western Association of Schools and Colleges or accredited by the United States Department of Education, Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, Association of American Medical Colleges, the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges, or the American Medical Association.

F. An applicant for licensure by endorsement under A.R.S. § 32-1426(C) who provides proof of passing an examination specified in A.R.S. § 32-1426(A) more than ten years before the date of filing shall:

1. Hold a current certification in an American Board of Medical Specialty ("ABMS"), or

2. Take and pass the Special Purposes Examination (SPEX).