In May, 2017, the 99th Missouri General Assembly passed a provision that will provide some much needed relief to the primary care provider shortage in the state of Missouri. As soon as the provision is signed by the governor, there will be a new healthcare provider designation – Assistant Physician. You read that right! I’m not mistakenly talking about Physician Assistants, this is a brand new category of heath care providers.
Missouri currently has 225 primary care physician shortage areas, including more than 25% of Missourians. This means more than 1.5 million people in Missouri do not have ready access to a primary care physician. Enter Assistant Physicians!
In order to apply for licensure as an Assistant Physician, you must meet the following qualifications:
- Graduate from an accredited medical school (MD or DO)
- Be a resident of the United States or a legal resident alien
- Successfully complete Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE within 2 years of application*
- Have not completed residency within 2 years of application*
- Have proficiency in the English language
*there is an inserted provision which says any medical school graduate who could have applied for a license and complied with the above qualifications between August 28, 2014 and August 28, 2017 can apply and be deemed in compliance
Practice as an Assistant Physician
- Within six months of licensure, you must enter into an Assistant Physician – Physician Collaborating Practice Arrangement
- You may ONLY provide primary care
- You may ONLY practice in medically underserved rural or urban areas.
- You must clearly identify yourself to patients as an Assistant Physician and may use the terms “doctor”, “Dr.” or “doc”.
- You must renew your license every three years and
- You must comply with CME requirements
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