NC Medical Board Files Re-Entry and Other Licensure Rules

The North Carolina Medical Board has filed proposed rules related to re-entry into practice by physicians and physician assistants. These rules were published in the November 15th edition of the N.C. Register and can be viewed at this link:

If approved, the rules will become effective on March 1, 2011. A public hearing to solicit stakeholder feedback is scheduled for Jan. 14, 2011 at the Medical Board’s offices in Raleigh.

In addition to new re-entry procedures, the filed rules propose to:

• Require a Federation Credential Verification Service (FCVS) profile for all international medical graduates.

• Require applicants to provide proof of U.S. citizenship.

• Bring nurse practitioner prescribing authority in line with physician assistant rules, meaning NPs cannot prescribe drugs that their supervising physician cannot also prescribe.

• Change current rules to prevent the Medical Board from publishing alcohol and drug related misdemeanors that occur prior to an applicant’s entrance into medical school.


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