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Special Commission on Foreign-Trained Medical Professionals

Our purpose is to expand and improve medical services in rural and underserved areas.

The commission shall make recommendations on: (i) the strategies to integrate foreign-trained medical professionals into rural and underserved areas in need of medical services; (ii) state and national licensing regulations that may pose unnecessary barriers to practice for foreign-trained medical professionals; (iii) changes to the commonwealth’s licensing requirements; (iv) opportunities to advocate for corresponding changes to national licensing requirements; and (v) any other matters pertaining to licensing foreign-trained medical professionals. The commission may hold hearings and invite testimony from experts and the public to gather information. The commission shall review and identify best practices learned from similar efforts in other states. The report may include guidelines for full licensure and conditional licensing of foreign-trained medical professionals.

The commission shall submit a report containing its recommendations, including drafts of proposed legislation to carry out its recommendations, by filing the same with the clerks of the senate and house of representatives and the joint committee on public health.

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