This past legislative session Texas passed a law that requires non-US citizens to practice medicine in an MUA or HPSA for three years once licensed. The Licensure Committee considered rules yesterday. Those rules will be posted in the next week or so and then considered in a public hearing at the August board meeting. The rules contain some exemptions for medical school faculty and residency faculty.


The statute is
Sec. 155.0045. ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT FOR CERTAIN ALIENS. (a) A license applicant who is not a United States citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States must present proof satisfactory to the board that the applicant has practiced medicine or has signed an agreement to practice medicine as a condition of the license for at least three years in an area in this state that is designated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services as a health professional shortage area or a medically underserved area.
(b) Subsection (a) does not prohibit the board from issuing a license to an applicant described by that subsection who is applying for a license to practice medicine at a graduate medical training program in this state that is not in an area described by that subsection.(c) The board shall adopt rules and procedures to implement this section, including rules to determine whether the applicant is complying with the agreement required under Subsection (a).(d) The board by rule may limit the license to practice medicine of an applicant described by Subsection (a) to an area in this state that is designated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services as a health professional shortage area or a medically underserved area.