Florida Senate - 2017                                     SB 496
       By Senator Brandes
       24-00465A-17                                           2017496__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to medical faculty certification;
    3         amending s. 458.3145, F.S.; revising the list of
    4         schools at which certain faculty members are eligible
    5         to receive a medical faculty certificate; authorizing
    6         a certificateholder to practice at certain specialty
    7         licensed children’s hospitals; revising provisions to
    8         allow the dean of a medical school outside the state
    9         to make an annual review or request the provision of
   10         medical care or treatment in connection with
   11         education; providing an effective date.
   13  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   15         Section 1. Section 458.3145, Florida Statutes, is amended
   16  to read:
   17         458.3145 Medical faculty certificate.—
   18         (1) A medical faculty certificate may be issued without
   19  examination to an individual who:
   20         (a) Is a graduate of an accredited medical school or its
   21  equivalent, or is a graduate of a foreign medical school listed
   22  with the World Health Organization;
   23         (b) Holds a valid, current license to practice medicine in
   24  another jurisdiction;
   25         (c) Has completed the application form and remitted a
   26  nonrefundable application fee not to exceed $500;
   27         (d) Has completed an approved residency or fellowship of at
   28  least 1 year or has received training which has been determined
   29  by the board to be equivalent to the 1-year residency
   30  requirement;
   31         (e) Is at least 21 years of age;
   32         (f) Is of good moral character;
   33         (g) Has not committed any act in this or any other
   34  jurisdiction which would constitute the basis for disciplining a
   35  physician under s. 458.331;
   36         (h) For any applicant who has graduated from medical school
   37  after October 1, 1992, has completed, before entering medical
   38  school, the equivalent of 2 academic years of preprofessional,
   39  postsecondary education, as determined by rule of the board,
   40  which must include, at a minimum, courses in such fields as
   41  anatomy, biology, and chemistry; and
   42         (i) Has been offered and has accepted a full-time faculty
   43  appointment to teach in a program of medicine at:
   44         1. The University of Florida;
   45         2. The University of Miami;
   46         3. The University of South Florida;
   47         4. The Florida State University;
   48         5. The Florida International University;
   49         6. The University of Central Florida;
   50         7. The Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Jacksonville,
   51  Florida; or
   52         8. The Florida Atlantic University; or
   53         9.The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St.
   54  Petersburg, Florida.
   55         (2) The certificate authorizes the holder to practice only
   56  in conjunction with his or her faculty position at an accredited
   57  medical school and its affiliated clinical facilities or
   58  teaching hospitals that are registered with the Board of
   59  Medicine as sites at which holders of medical faculty
   60  certificates will be practicing, or a specialty-licensed
   61  children’s hospital licensed under chapter 395 that is
   62  affiliated with an accredited medical school and its affiliated
   63  clinics. Such certificate automatically expires when the
   64  holder’s relationship with the medical school is terminated or
   65  after a period of 24 months, whichever occurs sooner, and is
   66  renewable every 2 years by a holder who applies to the board on
   67  a form prescribed by the board and provides certification by the
   68  dean of the medical school that the holder is a distinguished
   69  medical scholar and an outstanding practicing physician.
   70         (3) The holder of a medical faculty certificate issued
   71  under this section has all rights and responsibilities
   72  prescribed by law for the holder of a license issued under s.
   73  458.311, except as specifically provided otherwise by law. Such
   74  responsibilities include compliance with continuing medical
   75  education requirements as set forth by rule of the board. A
   76  hospital or ambulatory surgical center licensed under chapter
   77  395, health maintenance organization certified under chapter
   78  641, insurer as defined in s. 624.03, multiple-employer welfare
   79  arrangement as defined in s. 624.437, or any other entity in
   80  this state, in considering and acting upon an application for
   81  staff membership, clinical privileges, or other credentials as a
   82  health care provider, may not deny the application of an
   83  otherwise qualified physician for such staff membership,
   84  clinical privileges, or other credentials solely because the
   85  applicant is a holder of a medical faculty certificate under
   86  this section.
   87         (4) In any year, the maximum number of extended medical
   88  faculty certificateholders as provided in subsection (2) may not
   89  exceed 30 persons at each institution named in subparagraphs
   90  (1)(i)1.-6., 8., and 9. and 8. and at the facility named in s.
   91  1004.43 and may not exceed 10 persons at the institution named
   92  in subparagraph (1)(i)7.
   93         (5) Annual review of all such certificate recipients will
   94  be made by the deans of the accredited 4-year medical schools
   95  within this state and reported to the Board of Medicine.
   96         (6) Notwithstanding subsection (1), any physician, when
   97  providing medical care or treatment in connection with the
   98  education of students, residents, or faculty at the request of
   99  the dean of an accredited medical school within this state or at
  100  the request of the medical director of a statutory teaching
  101  hospital as defined in s. 408.07 or a specialty-licensed
  102  children’s hospital licensed under chapter 395, may do so upon
  103  registration with the board and demonstration of financial
  104  responsibility pursuant to s. 458.320(1) or (2) unless such
  105  physician is exempt under s. 458.320(5)(a). The performance of
  106  such medical care or treatment must be limited to a single
  107  period of time, which may not exceed 180 consecutive days, and
  108  must be rendered within a facility registered under subsection
  109  (2) or within a statutory teaching hospital as defined in s.
  110  408.07. A registration fee not to exceed $300, as set by the
  111  board, is required of each physician registered under this
  112  subsection. However, no more than three physicians per year per
  113  institution may be registered under this subsection, and an
  114  exemption under this subsection may not be granted to a
  115  physician more than once in any given 5-year period.
  116         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.