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Title 26 : Professions and Occupations

Chapter 023 : MEDICINE

Subchapter 003 : LICENSES

(Cite as: 26 V.S.A. § 1396)
  • § 1396. Requirements for admission to practice

    (a) The standard of requirements for admission to practice in this State, under section 1395 of this title, shall be as follows:

    (1) Academic: Preliminary requirements to be a high school education or its equivalent, such as would admit the student to a recognized university, and a two years' course of study in a college of arts and sciences.

    (2) Medical: Be a graduate of a medical college approved by the Board or approved by an accrediting body satisfactory to the Board.

    (3) Postgraduate training: Have completed at least a one-year hospital program of postgraduate training approved by the Board or approved by an accrediting body satisfactory to the Board.

    (4) Moral: Shall present letters of reference as to moral character and professional competence from the chief of service and two other active physician staff members at the hospital where he or she was last affiliated. In the discretion of the Board, letters from different sources may be presented.

    (5) Language: Shall demonstrate competence in reading, writing, and speaking the English language.

    (6) Examination: The examination in writing shall have embraced 13 subjects of 90 questions, viz.: anatomy, physiology, chemistry, pathology, bacteriology, hygiene, practice of medicine, surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, materia medica, therapeutic, and legal medicine. The grade achieved in each subject must have been at least 75 percent, and a license shall not be recognized when a lower rating was obtained.

     [Subdivision (a)(7) effective 60 days after the adoption of the maintenance of licensure rule for physicians.]

    (7) Practice: Shall have practiced medicine within the last three years as defined in section 1311 of this title or shall comply with the requirements for updating knowledge and skills as defined by Board rules.

    (b) In cases it deems appropriate, the Board may waive the requirements of subdivisions (a)(1) and (2) of this section for an applicant who is a graduate of a medical college that is neither approved by the Board nor by an accrediting body satisfactory to the Board. As a condition of granting a waiver, the Board may require that the applicant complete up to three years of postgraduate training satisfactory to the Board. A waiver granted under this section shall be in writing and shall include a statement of the Board's reasons for granting the waiver. (Amended 1971, No. 221 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1977, No. 259 (Adj. Sess.), § 5; 1987, No. 50, § 1, eff. May 15, 1987; 2011, No. 61, § 2, eff. June 2, 2011.)