I recently read that the Texas Board of Medical Exminers have revised not long ago Chapter 163, Licensure of the Board Rules.
Chapter 163.3 of the Texas Board of Medical Examiners states the following:
163.3. Licensure for Graduates of Acceptable Unapproved Foreign Medical Schools.
An applicant, to be eligible for licensure must:
(1) be 21 years of age;
(2) be of good professional character;
(3) have completed 60 semester hours of college courses other than in medical school or have completed the entire primary, secondary, and premedical education required in the country of medical school graduation, if the medical school is located outside the United States or Canada;
(4) be a graduate of an acceptable unapproved foreign medical school that is substantially equivalent to a Texas medical school;
(5) have successfully completed a three-year training program of graduate medical training in the United States or Canada that was approved by the board on the date the training was completed;
(6) submit evidence of passing, an examination, acceptable by the board for licensure;
(7) pass the Texas Medical Jurisprudence Examination with a score of 75 or better;
(8) be eligible for licensure in country of graduation;
(9) possess a valid certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG);
(10) have the ability to communicate in the English language; and
(11) have supplied all additional information that the board may require concerning the Applicant's medical school.
and Chapter 163.1 (14) of the Texas Board of Medical Examiners defines the following:
Substantially equivalent to a Texas medical school - A medical school or college that is an institution of higher learning designed to select and educate medical students; provide students with the opportunity to acquire a sound basic medical education through training in basic sciences and clinical sciences; provide advancement of knowledge through research; develop programs of graduate medical education to produce practitioners, teachers, and researchers; and afford opportunity for postgraduate and continuing medical education. The school must provide resources, including faculty and facilities, sufficient to support a curriculum offered in an intellectual environment that enables the program to meet these standards. The faculty of the school shall actively contribute to the development and transmission of new knowledge. The medical school shall contribute to the advancement of knowledge and to the intellectual growth of its students and faculty through scholarly activity, including research. The medical school shall include, but not be limited to, the following characteristics:
(A) The facilities for basic sciences and clinical training (i.e., laboratories, hospitals, library, etc.) shall be adequate to ensure opportunity for proper education.
(B) The admissions standards shall be substantially equivalent to a Texas medical school.
(C) The basic sciences curriculum shall include the contemporary content of those expanded disciplines that have been traditionally titled gross anatomy, biochemistry, biology, histology, physiology, microbiology, immunology, pathology, pharmacology and neuroscience, as defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
(D) The fundamental clinical subjects, which shall be offered in the form of required patient-related clerkships, are internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, neurology, family practice, introduction to patient/physical examination, and surgery, as defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
(E) The curriculum shall be of at least 130 weeks in duration.
(F) The school shall provide advancement of knowledge through research.
(G) The school shall develop programs of graduate medical education to produce practitioners, teachers, and researchers.
(H) The school shall provide opportunity for postgraduate and continuing medical education.
(I) Medical education courses must be centrally organized, integrated and controlled into a continuous program which was conducted, monitored and approved by the medical school which issues the degree.
(J) All medical or osteopathic medical education received by the applicant in the United States must be accredited by an accrediting body officially recognized by the United States Department of Education as the accrediting body for medical education leading to the doctor of medicine degree or the doctor of osteopathy degree in the United States. In addition, all medical or osteopathic medical education received in Texas must also comply with Chapter 162 of this title (relating to Supervision of Medical School Students) that requires physicians to register with the board prior to supervising medical students who are not enrolled at a medical school that has been accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association. This subsection does not apply to postgraduate medical education or training.
(K) An applicant who is unable to comply with the requirements of subparagraph (J) of this paragraph is eligible for an unrestricted license if the applicant:
(i) received such medical education in a hospital or teaching institution Sponsoring or participating in a program of graduate medical education accredited by the Accrediting Council for Graduate Medical Education, the American Osteopathic Association, or the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners in the same subject as the medical or osteopathic medical education if the hospital or teaching institution has an agreement with the applicant's school; or
(ii) is specialty board certified by a board approved by the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists or the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Does anyone know if St. George's University School of Medicine meet the definition requirements of Chapter 163.1 (14) of the Texas Board of Medical Examiners?
First Termer Dad