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On June 6, 2012, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law a bill that creates a Visiting Clinical Professional Development Certificate that will allow non-U.S. physicians to interact directly with patients for up to one year under close supervision by a U.S. physician. Allowed activities will include taking medical histories, conducting physical examinations, performing surgical procedures, administering anesthesia, and doing radiologic studies. Previously, visiting doctors could only observe procedures unless they passed full-blown U.S. medical exams.
Cincinnati Children’s championed efforts to pass the bill, with support from the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University, Nationwide Children's, and the University of Cincinnati.
“Increasingly our expertise is recognized in the global market, and experienced international medical graduates seek opportunities to learn advanced treatments and technologies to expand medical capabilities in their home countries,” says Arnold Strauss, MD, Chair of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, who testified in March in support of the legislation. “This bill will allow Ohio to be a leader in training international physician faculty from medical schools throughout the world.”
Visiting Clinical Professional Development Certificates include several requirements. Applicants must:
Visiting physicians will not be allowed to:
Cincinnati Children’s had more than 170 non-U.S. physicians participating in observership programs in the past year. The medical center expects visitors to be practicing under the new rules by mid-2013, says Julie Morin, MHSA, regional manager for International Business Development at Cincinnati Children’s Global Health Center.
“We have had many doctors over the years asking for this type of training. They’ve said ‘We can do this in Canada and the United Kingdom, so why not the United States?’” Morin says.
The new law moves Ohio to the leading edge of training opportunities for international physicians. Of 69 states and other medical licensing jurisdictions in the U.S. and its territories, only nine others have similar types of temporary licensing rules.
Cincinnati Children’s has exchange programs with about two dozen pediatric medical institutions worldwide. Physicians involved in those programs will be among the first to benefit from the new certificates.
For more information about the Visiting Clinical Professional Development Certificate, contact Julie Morin at Julie.Morin@cchmc.org.
Arnold W. Strauss, MD.
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