Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Capital IconMinnesota Legislature

Office of the Revisor of Statutes

147.02 EXAMINATION; LICENSING.
    Subdivision 1. United States or Canadian medical school graduates. The board shall issue
a license to practice medicine to a person not currently licensed in another state or Canada and
who meets the requirements in paragraphs (a) to (i).
    (a) An applicant for a license shall file a written application on forms provided by the board,
showing to the board's satisfaction that the applicant is of good moral character and satisfies the
requirements of this section.
    (b) The applicant shall present evidence satisfactory to the board of being a graduate of a
medical or osteopathic school located in the United States, its territories or Canada, and approved
by the board based upon its faculty, curriculum, facilities, accreditation by a recognized national
accrediting organization approved by the board, and other relevant data, or is currently enrolled in
the final year of study at the school.
    (c) The applicant must have passed an examination as described in clause (1) or (2).
    (1) The applicant must have passed a comprehensive examination for initial licensure
prepared and graded by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Federation of State Medical
Boards, the Medical Council of Canada, or the appropriate state board that the board determines
acceptable. The board shall by rule determine what constitutes a passing score in the examination.
    (2) The applicant taking the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) must
have passed steps one, two, and three. Step three must be passed within five years of passing step
two, or before the end of residency training. The applicant must pass each of steps one, two, and
three with passing scores as recommended by the USMLE program within three attempts. The
applicant taking combinations of Federation of State Medical Boards, National Board of Medical
Examiners, and USMLE may be accepted only if the combination is approved by the board as
comparable to existing comparable examination sequences and all examinations are completed
prior to the year 2000.
    (d) The applicant shall present evidence satisfactory to the board of the completion of one
year of graduate, clinical medical training in a program accredited by a national accrediting
organization approved by the board or other graduate training approved in advance by the board
as meeting standards similar to those of a national accrediting organization.
    (e) The applicant shall make arrangements with the executive director to appear in
person before the board or its designated representative to show that the applicant satisfies the
requirements of this section. The board may establish as internal operating procedures the
procedures or requirements for the applicant's personal presentation.
    (f) The applicant shall pay a fee established by the board by rule. The fee may not be
refunded. Upon application or notice of license renewal, the board must provide notice to the
applicant and to the person whose license is scheduled to be issued or renewed of any additional
fees, surcharges, or other costs which the person is obligated to pay as a condition of licensure.
The notice must:
    (1) state the dollar amount of the additional costs; and
    (2) clearly identify to the applicant the payment schedule of additional costs.
    (g) The applicant must not be under license suspension or revocation by the licensing board
of the state or jurisdiction in which the conduct that caused the suspension or revocation occurred.
    (h) The applicant must not have engaged in conduct warranting disciplinary action against a
licensee, or have been subject to disciplinary action other than as specified in paragraph (g). If the
applicant does not satisfy the requirements stated in this paragraph, the board may issue a license
only on the applicant's showing that the public will be protected through issuance of a license
with conditions and limitations the board considers appropriate.
    (i) If the examination in paragraph (c) was passed more than ten years ago, the applicant
must either:
    (1) pass the special purpose examination of the Federation of State Medical Boards with a
score of 75 or better within three attempts; or
    (2) have a current certification by a specialty board of the American Board of Medical
Specialties, of the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Professional Education, the Royal
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
    Subd. 1a. Examination extension; active military service. The board may grant an
extension to the time period required to pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination
(USMLE) as specified in subdivision 1, paragraph (c), clause (2), if an applicant is mobilized into
active military service, as defined in section 190.05, subdivision 5, during the process of taking
the USMLE, but before passage of all steps. Proof of active military service must be submitted to
the board on the forms and according to the timelines of the board.
    Subd. 1b. Examination extension; medical reasons. The board may grant an extension
to the time period and to the number of attempts permitted to pass the United States Medical
Licensing Examination (USMLE) as specified in subdivision 1, paragraph (c), clause (2), if an
applicant has been diagnosed with a medical illness during the process of taking the USMLE but
before passage of all steps, or fails to pass a step within three attempts due to the applicant's
medical illness. Proof of the medical illness must be submitted to the board on forms and
according to the timelines of the board.
    Subd. 2.[Repealed, 1985 c 247 s 26]
    Subd. 2a. Temporary permit. The board may issue a temporary permit to practice medicine
to a physician eligible for licensure under this section only if the application for licensure is
complete, all requirements in subdivision 1 have been met, and a nonrefundable fee set by the
board has been paid. The permit remains valid only until the meeting of the board at which a
decision is made on the physician's application or licensure.
    Subd. 3.[Repealed, 1971 c 485 s 6]
    Subd. 4.[Repealed, 1984 c 432 art 2 s 55]
    Subd. 5. Procedures. The board shall adopt a written statement of internal operating
procedures describing procedures for receiving and investigating complaints, reviewing
misconduct cases, and imposing disciplinary actions.
    Subd. 6. Disciplinary actions must be published. At least annually, the board shall publish
and release to the public a description of all disciplinary measures taken by the board. The
publication must include, for each disciplinary measure taken, the name and business address of
the licensee, the nature of the misconduct, and the disciplinary measure taken by the board.
    Subd. 6a. Exception to publication requirement. The publication requirement does not
apply to disciplinary measures by the board which are based exclusively upon grounds listed in
section 147.091, subdivision 1, clause (l) or (r).
History: (5707) RL s 2296; 1909 c 474 s 1; 1927 c 188 s 2; 1937 c 203 s 1; 1953 c 290
s 1; 1959 c 346 s 1; 1963 c 45 s 2; 1967 c 416 s 2; 1969 c 6 s 25; 1969 c 927 s 2; 1971 c 485
s 2; 1973 c 638 s 7; 1974 c 42 s 1; 1975 c 93 s 1,2; 1976 c 222 s 33; 1983 c 290 s 17; 1985 c
247 s 4-6; 1986 c 444; 1988 c 557 s 1,6; 1989 c 282 art 2 s 39; 1990 c 576 s 6; 1993 c 21
s 2,3; 1Sp1993 c 1 art 5 s 7; 1998 c 254 art 1 s 37; 1999 c 33 s 1; 2006 c 188 s 1; 2006 c 199
s 1; 2007 c 13 art 1 s 11; 2007 c 123 s 4,5