PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
(Washington Medical Commission)
[Filed August 6, 2020, 3:30 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-919-340 Additional requirements for international medical school graduates and WAC 246-919-XXX. The Washington medical commission (commission) is considering adopting a new section of rule and amending WAC 246-919-340 to meet the requirements of SB 6551 An act relating to integrating international medical graduates (IMG) into Washington's health care delivery system. The commission will consider creating an exceptional qualification waiver for international medical graduates pursuing a full medical license as well as creating a time-limited clinical experience license for those international medical graduates participating in a tuition based clinical experience program.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.71.017
; and SB 6551 (chapter 325, Laws of 2020).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: SB 6551 permits the commission to issue limited licenses to IMG. The bill also directs the commission to establish requirements for an exceptional qualification waiver in rule as well as establish requirements for a time-limited clinical experience license for IMG applicants. Establishing these requirements would reduce barriers for IMG applicants obtaining residency positions in Washington.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Amelia Boyd, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47866, Olympia, WA 98504-7866, phone 360-236-2727, TTY 711, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website wmc.wa.gov.
Additional comments: To join the interested parties email list, please visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WADOH/subscriber/new?topic_id=WADOH_153.
August 6, 2020
Melanie de Leon