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LICENSEE AND APPLICATION INFORMATION

THE GUAM BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS

LICENSEE AND APPLICATION INFORMATION

THE GUAM BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS

The Guam Board of Medical Examiners assists licensees and registrants in renewing and managing the status of their license or registration, provides updated information on the legal and regulatory requirements that impact their respective scopes of practice, and describes various programs and resources available to licensees.

Our Licensing Program protects the consumer through the proper licensing of physicians by ensuring they have the requisite qualifications and educational credentials for medical practice.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Board?

The Guam Board of Medical Examiners is the local governmental agency which licenses and disciplines medical doctors (M.D.s), physician assistants (PA-C), practitioners of respiratory care and perfusionists.

How long does it take to obtain licensure?

It varies from one applicant to another, depending upon the amount of documentation needed to complete the particular file and how proactive the applicant is in requesting the required verification material as outlined on the application checklist. Usually the time frame is 2 weeks to 60 days.

Will I have to appear before the board?
It depends. If the applicant answers affirmatively to certain questions on the application, has an issue or issues that merit appearing before the Board such as dependency issues (past or present) or arrest history (DUI, misdemeanor, felony, etc.), has been a defendant in a legal action involving professional liability and has ever had any malpractice settlement amount paid on his/her behalf, or is applying by endorsement, the applicant may be required to appear before the Board once the licensure file is complete. Board license specialists will be able to aid in answering these questions.
What if my application for licensure is denied?

f your application is denied following your appearance before the Board of Medical Examiners, the denial may be reportable to the American Medical Association, the Federation of State Medical Boards, the National Practitioner Data Bank, the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion and/or the National Board for Respiratory Care.

What medical schools are acceptable?
The physician must receive the degree of Doctor of Medicine from a medical school: (1) approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education of the American Medical Association and Association of American Medical Colleges; or (2) a program which provides a course of professional instruction equivalent to that provided in medical schools in the United States approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. This information can be found on Internet websites.
What kinds of things can a doctor, physician assistant, practitioner of respiratory care or perfusionist be disciplined for?
There are three major categories, and several less serious ones:

 

Malpractice:
As an example, if a doctor, physician assistant, practitioner of respiratory care or perfusionist fails to use a well-known and effective treatment, to the patient’s detriment, that may be malpractice.
Sometimes, a doctor, physician assistant, practitioner of respiratory care or perfusionist does things that are not extremely careless, but are not appropriate for the condition of the patient. For example, if several patients of a plastic surgeon end up with unusual infections following facelifts, are hospitalized, and are left with scars, that may be malpractice.
 
Professional Incompetence:
If a doctor, physician assistant, practitioner of respiratory care or perfusionist does things which he or she is not adequately trained to do, or does not maintain the skills needed to practice safely and effectively, he or she may be professionally incompetent. An example is a doctor who continues to do a surgical procedure that others in his or her field stopped doing years ago because it was found to be unnecessarily dangerous, or, a general practitioner does a plastic surgery, for which he or she is not adequately trained.
 
What are some other causes for Physician, Physician Assistant, Practitioner of Respiratory Care or Perfusionist discipline?
  • Problems with drugs or alcohol, or emotional stability.
  • Sexual misconduct with patients.
  • Abandonment of a patient.
  • Indiscriminate prescribing and other drug law violations, such as prescribing to a known addict, diverting drugs to illegal street sale, or prescribing without medical reason.
  • Knowingly allowing an unlicensed person to practice medicine.
  • Conviction of a serious crime, or crime involving moral turpitude, or crime involving the practice of medicine.
  • Billing for services not rendered.

 

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