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Important Information Regarding Physician Licensure during the State of Emergency

The Board has established processes to expedite requests to meet healthcare needs during the State of Emergency.

Accelerated Licensing for Physicians Educated in Foreign Medical Schools

On April 9, 2020, the Governor Baker signed an “Order Providing Accelerated Licensing of Physicians Educated in Foreign Medical Schools.”  

This Order provides that graduates of International Medical Schools who have satisfactorily completed at least two years of postgraduate medical training in a program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association or in an accredited Canadian program shall be eligible for licensure. The Order also directs the Board of Registration in Medicine to “review and approve such applications by expedited process” and shall remain in effect until the Declaration of a State of Emergency to Respond to COVID-19  is terminated or this Order is rescinded, whichever happens first.​

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Emergency Temporary License For Physicians with an Active Massachusetts Limited License

The Board will accept applications for Emergency Temporary 90 Day License for all international medical graduates and graduates of medical schools in the United States, Canada, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico who have completed 2 years of postgraduate training as outlined in the Applicant Qualification Requirement Section of the application. 

Please complete the following application and email the completed, signed form to:

temp.licenses@mass.gov

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Extension of Physician Renewal Dates

For all active physicians and acupuncturists scheduled for license renewal from March 17 to August 31 who have not yet renewed, pursuant to COVID-19 Order No. 41, Order Authorizing The Reopening of Child Care Programs and Rescinding Eight COVID Orders, the renewal date for licensure has been extended to October 8, 2020.  Physicians scheduled to renew their licenses beginning on September 1, 2020 are required to renew in the ordinary course.

Emergency Temporary License Application for Out-of-State Physicians

With the Governor declaring a State of Emergency, the Board of Registration in Medicine established an Emergency Temporary License Application for out-of-state physicians to assist in meeting the increased demand for physician services in Massachusetts. 

To qualify for an Emergency Temporary License a physician was required to hold an active full, unlimited and unrestricted medical license in good standing in another U.S. state/territory/district. "Good standing" shall not include a license that has been revoked, cancelled, surrendered, suspended, or is subject to disciplinary restrictions.

An Emergency Temporary License is valid until 30 days after the State of Emergency is terminated, or December 31, 2020, whichever occurs last.

Pursuant to COVID-19 Order No. 41, Order Authorizing the Reopening of Child Care Programs and Rescinding Eight COVID Orders, Emergency Temporary License Applications for Out of State Physicians will not be accepted after July 10, 2020.

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Limited Licensees – Internal Moonlighting

Throughout the duration of Executive Order No. 591, Declaration of a State of Emergency to Respond to COVID-19, a limited licensee may engage in patient care activities outside the limited licensee’s specialty training program (i.e., internal moonlighting) provided that the activities:

  1. occur under the direction of a faculty member associated with the training program;
  2. occur at the health care facility on the limited license or at the facility’s approved affiliates; and 
  3. are in the same specialty as the limited licensee’s specialty training program or are approved by the program director as a training area related to the specialty.

Pursuant to COVID-19 Order No. 41, Order Authorizing the Reopening of Child Care Programs and Rescinding Eight COVID Orders, Internal Moonlighting by Limited Licensees shall expire on July 10, 2020.

Expedited Application Request from Health Care Facilities

With the Governor declaring a State of Emergency on March 11, the Board of Registration in Medicine is processing licenses to prioritize emergency needs of healthcare institutions and organizations.  If you are a healthcare institution or organization and seek an expedited request of an application, please contact: emergency.medical.license@mass.gov.

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