Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Medicine
Petition 66
Petition Information
Petition Title Practice in lieu of one year of post-graduate training
Date Filed 12/2/2008   
Petitioner Dr. Percy Ramos 
Petitioner's Request

To amend section 122 of the regulations to allow practice as a MD in another state with an unrestricted license for a certain number of years to be counted in lieu of one of the two years of post-graduate training for graduates of non-approved medical schoools.

Agency's Plan

The Board will receive public comment on the petition for rule-making and will consider any public comment and the petition at a meeting of the Board on February 19, 2009.

Comment Period Ended 2/4/2009
Agency Decision Take no action    
Response Date 2/19/2009
Agency Decision Summary

The Board decided to retain the requirement for passage of all 3 steps of USMLE for licensure as a doctor of medicine and surgery because it is consistent with or less restrictive than most other states. Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia require passage within seven years, two states within five years, ten states allow 10 years for MD/PhD candidates, and five states, including Virginia, allow 10 years for anyone. Six states (FL, KY, LA, NH, NY and WY) have no limit on the years for passage.