Visiting Physician (Plastic Surgery/Other Medical/Surgical Trn.)


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 obtain medical privileges for instructional purposes in conjunction with certain plastic surgery training programs and plastic surgery educational symposiums.

The following information is for a temporary certificate to practice medicine for educational purposes to help teach plastic surgery or other medical or surgical procedures to residents in a training program affiliated with a medical school that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association or that is part of a teaching hospital, or to residents of a medical school within this state in conjunction with a nationally sponsored educational symposium or an educational symposium held by a state medical school or teaching hospital.

Consideration for a temporary certificate will be granted to any phys who has been invited by the following:

  • A plastic surgery or other medical or surgical training program affiliated with a medical school in this state which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association or which is part of a teaching hospital as defined in s. 408.07; or
  • An educational symposium cosponsored by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, or any other medical or surgical society in conjunction with a medical school or teaching hospital as defined in s. 408.07,

A temporary certificate issued is valid for up to 5 days per year and expires 1 year after issuance and the Department will not issue more than 12 temporary certificates for a single educational symposium under this section.

For any physician who is a graduate of a foreign medical school and holds a valid and unencumbered license to practice medicine in another country but does not hold a license to practice medicine in this or another state to obtain a temporary certificate under this section, the organization sponsoring the educational symposium must pay for any medical judgments incurred by that physician by obtaining a surety bond issued by a surety company authorized to do business in this state, by establishing a certificate of deposit or a guaranteed letter of credit with a licensed and insured bank or savings institution located in the state, or by providing proof that the physician is covered under a teaching hospital’s or medical school’s medical malpractice insurance. The amount of the bond, certificate of deposit, or guaranteed letter of credit must be at least $250,000.

Applicants for a temporary certificate must meet all of the following:

  • Be 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.
  • Holds a valid and unencumbered license to practice medicine in another state or country.
  • Is a recognized expert in a specific area of plastic surgery or another field of medicine or surgery, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications, invited lectureships, and academic affiliations.
  • Completed an application form adopted by the board and remitted a nonrefundable application fee not to exceed $300.
  • Has not committed an act in this or any other jurisdiction that would constitute a basis for disciplining a physician under s. 456.072 or s. 458.331.
  • Meet the financial responsibility requirements of s. 458.320(1) or (2).

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 applicable fee payment, 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 must use the above address is because of the fees you must enclose.

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)

Initial Licensure Fee: $200.00

Make certified checks or money orders payable to: “Department of Health” (DOH); or pay by credit card when applying online.

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Florida Statutes

456.013 Department; general licensing provisions
458.311 Licensure by examination
458.3137 Temporary certificate for visiting physicians to obtain medical privileges for instructional purposes in conjunction with certain plastic surgery or other medical or surgical training programs and educational symposiums.
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

64B8-1.007 List of approved Forms
64B8-2.001 Definitions
64B8-3.002 Applications, Certification, Registration, and Licensure Fees
64B8-4 Licensure
64B8-5.001 Examinations
64B-2.001 Practitioner Profile
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