- The IMG assistance program, the purpose of which is to provide direct services to IMGs, including a review of an IMG's education, training, and experience to recommend appropriate next steps for integrating IMGs into the state's health-care workforce; technical support through the credential evaluation process; and scholarships to assist in defraying the medical licensure process; and
- The clinical readiness program, the purpose of which is to provide curriculum for and assessments of IMGs to help them build the skills necessary to enter a medical residency program.
Section 3 authorizes the executive director of the department of regulatory agencies (DORA), subject to available funding, to award funding to medical residency programs to provide additional residency positions dedicated to qualified IMGs and directs the executive director of DORA to report on any funding awarded for this purpose as part of DORA's annual report to the general assembly pursuant to the "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act".
With regard to requirements for licensure under the "Colorado Medical Practice Act" (act):
Section 4Section 3 defines "IMG" for purposes of the act;
Section 5Section 4 reduces the length of postgraduate clinical training that an IMG must complete to qualify for a medical license from up to 3 years to one year; and
Section 6Section 5 allows an IMG to obtain a reentry license if the IMG has a current or expired international medical license and meets Colorado medical board-specified qualifications and requirements, including an assessment of the IMG's competency to practice.
(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)