Visiting Physicians (Cancer Centers)


Click on the appropriate tab below to see the Initial Licensing Requirements, Process, Fees, Statutes and Administrative Rules for a Temporary Certificate for Visiting Physicians to Practice in Approved Cancer Centers.

Any medical doctor who has been accepted for a course of training by a cancer center approved by the Board of Medicine may be issued a temporary certificate to practice under the International Cancer Center Visiting Physician Program.

The purpose of the International Cancer Center Visiting Physician Program is to provide to internationally respected and highly qualified physicians advanced education and training on cancer treatment techniques developed at an approved cancer center.  A certificate may be issued to a physician who will be training under the direct supervision of a physician employed by or under contract with an approved cancer center for a period of no more than one year.

Applicants for a Temporary Certificate for Visiting Physician to Practice in an Approved Cancer Center must have all of the following:

  • Is a graduate of an accredited medical school or its equivalent, or is a graduate of a foreign medical school listed with the World Health Organization.
  • Hold a valid and unencumbered license to practice medicine in another country.
  • Has not committed any act in this or any other jurisdiction which would constitute the basis for disciplining a physician under s. 456.072 or s. 458.331, Florida Statutes.
  • Meets the financial responsibility requirements of s. 458.320, Florida Statutes, and has been accepted for a course of training by a cancer center approved by the board.

Effective July 1, 2012, section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, provides that health care boards or the department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant:

  1. Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under Chapter 409, F.S., (relating to social and economic assistance), Chapter 817, F.S., (relating to fraudulent practices), Chapter 893, F.S., (relating to drug abuse prevention and control) or a similar felony offense(s) in another state or jurisdiction unless the candidate or applicant has successfully completed a drug court program for that felony and provides proof that the plea has been withdrawn or the charges have been dismissed.  Any such conviction or plea shall exclude the applicant or candidate from licensure, examination, certification, or registration, unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or plea ended:
    • For the felonies of the first or second degree, more than 15 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
    • For the felonies of the third degree, more than 10 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
    • For the felonies of the third degree under section 893.13(6)(a), F.S., more than five years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
  2. Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 (relating to controlled substances) or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396 (relating to public health, welfare, Medicare and Medicaid issues), unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the date of the application;
  3. Has been terminated for cause from the Florida Medicaid program pursuant to section 409.913, F.S., unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with the Florida Medicaid program for the most recent five years;
  4. Has been terminated for cause, pursuant to the appeals procedures established by the state or Federal Government, from any other state Medicaid program, unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with a state Medicaid program for the most recent five years and the termination occurred at least 20 years before the date of the application;
  5. Is currently listed on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities.

The section above does not apply to candidates or applicants for initial licensure or certification who were enrolled in an educational or training program on or before July 1, 2009, which was recognized by a board or, if there is no board, recognized by the department, and who applied for licensure after July 1, 2012.

Section 456.013(1)(a), Florida Statutes, and Chapter 64B8-4.016, Florida Administrative Code, provides that a licensure application and application fee are valid for one year.  Application fees are non-refundable.

To practice medicine in the state of Florida, you must have a valid Florida medical license. The licensing process involves the collection of credentials from the applicant and from other sources. Once all materials are submitted, an application specialist will review them; however, it may be necessary for the application specialist to request additional information. Our goal is to review materials as quickly as possible, but we must be thorough.

You should expect the entire process to take between two to six months from the time your application is received.

You can help expedite the application process by including all relevant materials with your application packets (medical school transcripts, residency certificates, etc). We will mail you a deficiency letter approximately 30 days after receiving your application, so please refrain from contacting our office until after you have received your initial deficiency letter. Time spent on the telephone impacts time available for staff to process applications.

Please email questions or comments to our office at info@flboardofmedicine.gov.
We process applications, mail, e-mails, and telephone calls in date order.

Submit your application, supporting documentation, and fees, to the following address:

Department of Health/ HMQAM
P.O. Box 6330
Tallahassee, Florida 32314-6330

Receiving your application and logging in your check usually takes about 7-10 days. Once the application is logged in, it is then forwarded to the board office. NOTE: The reason you are using this address is because it has fees enclosed.

Mail additional documentation or anything without a fee to the following address:

Department of Health
Medical Quality Assurance/Board of Medicine
HMQAM
4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN #CO3
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3253

All documents must have your name as listed on your application to ensure materials reach your application in a timely manner.

Application fee:

$300.00 (non-refundable)

Make one cashier’s check or money order for the total amount payable to the Department of Health-Board of Medicine.  Cash and credit card payments will not be accepted.

Click on Chapter or Section Number to View

Florida Statutes

456.013 Department; general licensing provisions
458.3135 Temporary Certificate for Visiting Physicians to Practice in Approved Cancer Centers
458.331 Grounds for disciplinary action
456.035 Address of record
456.048 Financial responsibility requirements for certain health care practitioners
456.0635 Medicaid fraud; disqualification for license, certification, or registration
458.320 Financial responsibility

Florida Administrative Code

64B8-2.001 Definitions
64B8-3.002 Applications, Certification, Registration, and Licensure Fees
64B8-4 Licensure
64B8-12.001 Financial Responsibility applicability
64B8-12.005 Financial Responsibility procedures
64B8-12.007 Financial Responsibility exemptions for persons not practicing in Florida; Change of status

Before practicing medicine in Florida, read Chapter 456, 458, and 766.301-.316 Florida Statutes (F. S.), and Rule Chapter 64B8, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C). You must know and comply with the laws and rules as they pertain to your professional practice. Laws and rules are subject to change at any time. For updated information refer to the following web-sites www.leg.state.fl.us (Florida Statutes) and www.flrules.org (Florida Administrative Code).