24.156.618 TESTING REQUIREMENT
(1) A physician seeking to reactivate a Montana license, which has been inactive for the two or more years preceding the request for reactivation, and who has ceased the clinical practice of medicine in all jurisdictions for the entire time during which the license has been inactive, must either have been board certified/recertified during the two years preceding the request for reactivation or pass the special purpose examination (SPEX) or the comprehensive osteopathic medical variable-purpose examination (COMVEX) given by the Federation of State Medical Boards, and may also be required to complete a reentry plan to the satisfaction of the board. The board must review and approve a reentry plan as determined appropriate by the board prior to the applicant beginning the reentry plan. Depending on the amount of time out-of-practice, the applicant may also be required to do one or more of the following:
(a) practice for a specified period of time under a mentor/supervising physician who will provide periodic reports to the board;
(b) obtain certification or recertification by a specialty board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or the American Osteopathic Association's Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOA-BOS);
(c) complete one year of accredited postgraduate or clinical fellowship training, which must be preapproved by the board, or;
(d) complete any other requirements as determined by the board. The applicant who fails the SPEX or COMVEX examination three times, whether in Montana or other states, must successfully complete one year of an accredited residency or an accredited or board-approved clinical training before retaking the SPEX or COMVEX examination.
(2) A physician seeking to participate in the Montana health corps and holding an active license must pass the special purpose examination given by the Federation of State Medical Boards if the physician has not actively practiced medicine for two or more years preceding the health corps application date.
(3) A physician seeking to reactivate a Montana license, which has been inactive for the two or more years preceding the request for activation, and who has practiced medicine on an active license in another state or jurisdiction for the five years preceding the request to reactivate, may be required to appear before the board, and must:
(a) provide verification of one or more active licenses maintained during the time period the physician has held an inactive Montana license;
(b) identify all locations and dates of practice during the five years preceding the request for reactivation; and
(c) pay the difference between the fee for an inactive and active license.
History: 37-1-319, 37-3-203, 37-3-802, MCA; IMP, 37-1-319, 37-3-101, 37-3-202, 37-3-802, MCA; NEW, 1992 MAR p. 1607, Eff. 7/31/92; TRANS, from Commerce, 2001 MAR p. 1471; AMD, 2010 MAR p. 73, Eff. 1/15/10; AMD, 2010 MAR p. 1506, Eff. 5/14/10; AMD, 2012 MAR p. 2464, Eff. 12/7/12.