(1) Any physician who has been accepted for a course of training by a cancer center approved by the board and who meets all of the qualifications set forth in this section may be issued a temporary certificate to practice in a board-approved cancer center under the International Cancer Center Visiting Physician Program. A certificate may be issued to a physician who will be training under the direct supervision of a physician employed by or under contract with an approved cancer center for a period of no more than 1 year. The purpose of the International Cancer Center Visiting Physician Program is to provide to internationally respected and highly qualified physicians advanced education and training on cancer treatment techniques developed at an approved cancer center. The board may issue this temporary certificate in accordance with the restrictions set forth in this section.
(2) A temporary certificate for practice in an approved cancer center may be issued without examination to an individual who:
(a) Is a graduate of an accredited medical school or its equivalent, or is a graduate of a foreign medical school listed with the World Health Organization;
Terms Used In Florida Statutes 458.3135
- Board: means the Board of Medicine. See Florida Statutes 559.545
- Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
- Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
- Physician: means a person who is licensed to practice medicine in this state. See Florida Statutes 559.545
- Practice of medicine: means the diagnosis, treatment, operation, or prescription for any human disease, pain, injury, deformity, or other physical or mental condition. See Florida Statutes 559.545
(b) Holds a valid and unencumbered license to practice medicine in another country;
(c) Has completed the application form adopted by the board and remitted a nonrefundable application fee not to exceed $300;
(d) Has not committed any act in this or any other jurisdiction which would constitute the basis for disciplining a physician under s. 456.072 or s. 458.331;
(e) Meets the financial responsibility requirements of s. 458.320; and
(f) Has been accepted for a course of training by a cancer center approved by the board.
(3) The board shall by rule establish qualifications for approval of cancer centers under this section, which at a minimum shall require the cancer center to be licensed under chapter 395 and have met the standards required to be a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. The board shall review the cancer centers approved under this section not less than annually to ascertain that the minimum requirements of this chapter and the rules adopted thereunder are being complied with. If it is determined that such minimum requirements are not being met by an approved cancer center, the board shall rescind its approval of that cancer center and no temporary certificate for that cancer center shall be valid until such time as the board reinstates its approval of that cancer center.
(4) A recipient of a temporary certificate for practice in an approved cancer center may use the certificate to practice for the duration of the course of training at the approved cancer center so long as the duration of the course does not exceed 1 year. If at any time the cancer center is no longer approved by the board, the temporary certificate shall expire and the recipient shall no longer be authorized to practice in this state.
(5) A recipient of a temporary certificate for practice in an approved cancer center is limited to practicing in facilities owned or operated by that approved cancer center and is limited to only practicing under the direct supervision of a physician who holds a valid, active, and unencumbered license to practice medicine in this state issued under this chapter or chapter 459.
(6) The board shall not issue a temporary certificate for practice in an approved cancer center to any physician who is under investigation in another jurisdiction for an act that would constitute a violation of this chapter or chapter 456 until such time as the investigation is complete and the physician is found innocent of all charges.
(7) A physician applying under this section is exempt from the requirements of ss. 456.039–456.046. All other provisions of chapters 456 and 458 apply.
(8) In any year, the maximum number of temporary certificates that may be issued by the board under this section may not exceed 10 at each approved cancer center.
(9) The board may adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 as necessary to implement this section.
(10) Nothing in this section may be construed to authorize a physician who is not licensed to practice medicine in this state to qualify for or otherwise engage in the practice of medicine in this state, except as provided in this section.