(a) Beginning July 1, 2019, no person shall participate in a program of graduate medical training in this state unless such person holds a license to practice medicine and surgery in this state or has been issued an educational permit issued by the board.
(b) An educational permit issued by the board authorizes the recipient to practice medicine and surgery only within the parameters of the recipient’s training program.
(c) An applicant for an educational permit shall file an application with the board and furnish evidence establishing that the applicant has satisfied the following requirements:
(1) The applicant is eighteen years of age or over;
(2) The applicant has paid the applicable fee;
(3) The applicant is of good moral character;
(4) The applicant has:
(A) Graduated from an allopathic college approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education;
(B) Graduated from a medical college that meets requirements for certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates; or
(C) Completed an alternate pathway for meeting initial entry requirements or prerequisite or transfer requirements recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education;
(5) The applicant:
(A) Is under contract as a resident in a program of post-graduate clinical training approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; or
(B) Has completed a residency program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or a residency program recognized by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and is under contract as a fellow in an approved program of post-graduate clinical training sponsored by an institution that is accredited to provide graduate medical education;
(6) The applicant has never held a license to practice medicine and surgery in West Virginia; and
(7) The applicant has fulfilled any other reasonable requirement specified in rule by the Board.
(d) An educational permit shall be valid for up to one year of post-graduate training. An educational permit may be renewed if the holder remains eligible to receive a renewed permit.
(e) The Board may deny an application or suspend or revoke a permit at any time upon grounds defined by the board by legislative rule.
(f) In order to give timely effect to this section, the board may promulgate emergency rules pursuant to the provisions of §29A-3-15 of this code, including:
(1) An implementation schedule for the issuance of educational permits prior to July 1, 2019;
(2) The extent to which residents and fellows may practice medicine and surgery pursuant to an educational permit;
(3) Criteria for the issuance of reciprocal educational permits for out of state allopathic medical residents seeking to complete a residency rotation in West Virginia;
(4) Requirements for educational permits and the renewal of such permits, including eligibility criteria for renewal;
(5) Criteria for when an educational permit application may be denied;
(6) Grounds for permit suspension or revocation;
(7) A fee schedule;
(8) Procedures for transitioning existing medical education trainees prior to implementation; and
(9) Any other rules necessary to effectuate and implement the provisions of this section.