Compilation of Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia
Department 360 - RULES OF GEORGIA COMPOSITE MEDICAL BOARD.
Chapter 360-2 - LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
Rule 360-2-.02 - Requirements for Step 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination

Universal Citation: GA Rules and Regs r 360-2-.02

RULE 360-2-.02. Requirements for Step 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)

(1) Applicants applying to take USMLE Step 3 through Georgia are required to submit an application directly to the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) on forms approved by the Board.

(2) Applicants must furnish the following evidence to the FSMB:

(a) Evidence of graduation from a medical school that requires a minimum of two (2) years of pre-medical education.

(b) Evidence of passing USMLE Steps 1 and 2; and

(c) For applicants who graduated from medical school after January 1, 1967, evidence of completion of post-graduate year one (PGY-1) or a statement from the program director that the applicant is expected to complete (PGY-1) within three 3 months. Such postgraduate training must be in a program fully or provisionally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physician of Canada (CFPC), or the or the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS).

(d) Certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), if the applicant graduated from a school that is not in the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada. This requirement does not apply to foreign-trained applicants who furnish proof of the following:

(i) Successful completion of an AMA-approved Fifth Pathway program; and

(ii) Verification of passing USMLE Steps 1 and 2; and

(iii) Official transcripts of all medical education submitted directly to the FSMB from the school where such education was taken. If the transcripts are in a foreign language, applicants must furnish certified English translations. Transcripts must include the dates the applicant attended the school and the grades received in all courses taken to fulfill the requirements of the degree granted. In the Board's discretion, the transcript may be waived and the results of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) verification service accepted if the applicant adequately demonstrates that all diligent efforts have been made to secure transcripts from the school.

(3) Preceptorships are not approved in lieu of post-graduate training.

(4) USMLE Step 3 applicants may be required to appear for a personal interview at the discretion of the Board.

(5) Unless enrolled in an M.D./PhD or D.O./PhD program, applicants must successfully complete USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3 within a seven (7) year period. Applicants enrolled in an M.D./PhD or D.O./PhD program must successfully complete USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3 within a nine (9) year period.

(6) Applicants who have never been licensed, and who have failed the USMLE Step 3 a total of three (3) times since January 1, 1994 must have one year of additional Board-approved clinical training. The training must be completed prior to taking USMLE Step 3 again.

(7) Nothing in this rule shall be construed to prevent the Board from denying or conditionally granting an application for licensure by examination.

O.C.G.A. Secs. 43-1-2, 43-1-4, 43-1-7, 43-1-25, 43-34-5, 43-34-8, 43-34-21, 43-34-24, 43-34-24.1, 43-34-26, 43-34-26.1, 43-34-27, 43-34-28, 43-34-29, 43-34-34, 43-34-35, 43-34-37, 43-34-40, 43-34-41.

(. Original Rule entitled "Examinations" adopted. F. and eff. June 30,1965. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Oct. 2, 1970; eff. Oct. 22, 1970. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Mar. 28, 1974; eff. Apr. 17, 1974. Amended: F. June 30, 1975; eff. July 20, 1975. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Dec. 15, 1982; eff. Jan. 4, 1983. Amended: F. Jan. 16, 1985; eff. Feb. 5, 1985. Amended: F. June 17, 1985; eff. July 7, 1985. Amended: F. May 20, 1988; eff. June 9, 1988. Amended: F. July 12, 1991; eff. Aug. 1, 1991. Amended: F. Dec. 12, 1995; eff. Jan. 1, 1996. Amended: F. Oct. 8, 1998; eff. Oct. 28, 1998. Amended: F. June 11, 2001; eff. July 1, 2001. Repealed: New Rule entitled "Licensure" adopted. F. Jan. 24, 2002; eff. Feb. 13, 2002. Amended: F. Feb. 18, 2004; eff. Mar. 9, 2004. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. May 10, 2005; eff. May 30, 2005. Amended: F. July 21, 2006; eff. Aug. 10, 2006. Amended: F. Sept. 19, 2007; eff. Oct. 9, 2007. Amended: F. Sept. 16, 2008; eff. Oct. 6, 2008. Repealed: New Rule entitled "Requirements for Step 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)" adopted. F. May, 11, 2012; eff. May 31, 2012.)
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