Washington State

House of Representatives

Office of Program Research



Health Care & Wellness Committee

2SSB 5846

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Brief Description: Concerning the integration of international medical graduates into Washington's health care delivery system.

Sponsors: Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Saldaña, Hasegawa, Randall, Nguyen, Wilson, C., Keiser, Das, Cleveland and Dhingra).

Brief Summary of Second Substitute Bill

  • Establishes the International Medical Graduate Work Group.

Hearing Date: 3/22/19

Staff: Jim Morishima (786-7191).


Physicians are licensed by the Medical Quality Assurance Commission (MQAC). A physician who graduates from a medical school within the United States or Canada must meet qualifications, including passage of an examination, completion of two years of post-graduate medical training approved by the MQAC, good moral character, and the ability to safely practice medicine.

Graduates from foreign medical schools must meet all of the requirements applicable to graduates from domestic medical schools. In addition, such graduates must pass the examination given by the Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates and be able to read, write, speak, understand, and be understood in English.

A foreign medical school graduate is exempt from the post-graduate training requirement if he or she has:

Summary of Bill:

Subject to the availability of funds appropriated for the specific purpose, the International Medical Graduate Work Group (IMGWG) is established with the following members appointed by the Governor:

By June 30, 2020, the IMGWG must submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature regarding:

The work group is staffed by the MQAC and expires on June 30, 2020.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.