Assistant Physician Licensure

UPDATE: Senate Bill 50 (2017) was Truly Agreed to and Finally passed by the Missouri General Assembly on May 11, 2017. This bill modifies the definition of an assistant physician to include any medical school graduate who met the definition of an assistant physician as of August 28, 2014 and prior to August 29, 2017. Please keep in mind, the effective date is contingent upon Governor Greitens signing the Senate Bill 50 into law. The Missouri Constitution, section 31, requires the governor to act on any bill passed by the General Assembly within forty five (45) days of session adjournment.

This bill originally contained an emergency clause but was not included in the final passage of the bill. Therefore, if signed by Governor Greitens, this bill would become effective on August 28, 2017. Potential applicants are encouraged to monitor this website for additional updates.

Senate bills 716 and 754 were signed by Governor Nixon and established licensure for Assistant Physicians. These bills became law effective August 28, 2014. Rules implementing laws governing assistant physicians will become effective on January 30, 2017. Applications will be available online by the same date. The Board can accept applications starting January 31, 2017. Assistant physicians are defined as:

  1. "Assistant physician", any medical school graduate who:
    1. Is a resident and citizen of the United States or is a legal resident alien;
    2. Has successfully completed Step 1 and Step 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination or the equivalent of such steps of any other board-approved medical licensing examination within the two-year period immediately preceding application for licensure as an assistant physician, but in no event more than three years after graduation from a medical college or osteopathic medical college;
    3. Has not completed an approved postgraduate residency and has successfully completed Step 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination or the equivalent of such step of any other board-approved medical licensing examination within the immediately preceding two-year period unless when such two-year anniversary occurred he or she was serving as a resident physician in an accredited residency in the United States and continued to do so within thirty days prior to application for licensure as an assistant physician; and
    4. Has proficiency in the English language;

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