Statutory Ineligibility

I often receive calls from nursing students, or even those only considering pursuing a nursing degree, with questions concerning whether or not they will be licensed by the Board of Nursing. Typically, these individuals have a criminal record, history of misuse of controlled substances, or a mental health diagnosis that they fear will present

The Texas Medical Board issues Physician-in-Training permits (PIT Permits) pursuant to Texas Medical Practice Act section 155.105 and Texas Medical Board rules found in the Texas Administrative Code under 22 TAC Section 9 Chapter 163. The PIT permit is required for graduates of a United States or Foreign Medical School who wish to pursue a residency or post-graduate fellowship in Texas who do not possess a Texas Medical License due to ineligibility or a pending application. Although the application for a Physician-in-Training permit is not as cumbersome, tedious or labor intensive as a full physician registration, medical doctors often find themselves needing to go before the Texas Medical Board’s Licensure Committee to explain their good professional character or clinical competence due to:

  • Academic difficulties in medical school including poor performance or discipline as evidenced by the applicant’s academic transcript from the third or fourth year of medical school;
  • Problems in a post-graduate residency program including failing grades, poor performance, or discipline by the medical faculty;
  • Physician discipline from a medical staff, denial by a credentialing committee or other discipline by another state licensing board;
  • Criminal convictions involving dishonesty, moral turpitude, controlled substances or alcohol;
  • Mental illness which rises to the level of requiring the Applicant to demonstrate their ability to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety;
  • Falsification of information on the Physician-in Training application;
  • Malpractice claims, lawsuits and judgments
  • Perceived statutory ineligibility.

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