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RULE §171.4Board-Approved Fellowships

(a) The executive director may in his/her discretion, upon written request, approve fellowships as referenced in §171.3(a)(2) of this chapter. Fellowships meeting the criteria set forth in §171.3(a)(4) of this chapter do not require board approval for physician in training permits to be issue to subspecialty postgraduate residents in the fellowship. If the executive director does not recommend approval, the institution's designated institutional official (DIO) and chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) may appeal to the board for its discretionary consideration of the request.

(b) The initial request for approval should be submitted to the executive director, on a form prescribed by the board, 90 days prior to the beginning date of the program to assist in the expedited processing of an application. The request must include the length of the fellowship; the length of time for which the institution is requesting approval of the fellowship itself, not to exceed five years; and other information as required by the board.

(c) Approval of fellowships requires certification by the DIO and the chair of the GMEC of the institution in which the fellowship will be conducted that the fellowship program has been evaluated and approved by the institution's graduate medical education committee. The evaluation shall include but not be limited to satisfactory demonstration to the committee of the fellowship's:

  (1) goals and objectives; documented curriculum; and, qualifications of the program director and program faculty, including, but not limited to, certification by the appropriate specialty board and/or appropriate educational qualifications;

  (2) process by which subspecialty postgraduate residents are selected;

  (3) prerequisite requirements of the subspecialty postgraduate residents, including whether prior residency training in a related specialty is required;

  (4) delineated duties and responsibilities required of subspecialty postgraduate residents in the program;

  (5) number of subspecialty postgraduate residents to be enrolled each year;

  (6) scholarly activity to be required of subspecialty postgraduate residents;

  (7) type of supervision to be provided for subspecialty postgraduate residents;

  (8) requirements for the program director or supervising physician to hold a Texas license or faculty temporary license issued by the board;

  (9) methods for evaluation of subspecialty postgraduate residents by the program; and

  (10) progressive nature, including, but not limited to, the progressively greater responsibility of the subspecialty postgraduate residents throughout the course of the fellowship if the fellowship is over one year in length.

(d) Institutions with board-approved fellowships must determine whether to conduct internal reviews of the program at the mid-point of the program's most recent approval period.

(e) Institutions with board-approved fellowships that are eligible for accreditation as described in §171.3(a)(4) of this chapter must determine whether the fellowship should seek such accreditation rather than board approval of the fellowship.

(f) The DIO and the chair of the GMEC of the institution for which a fellowship program has been previously approved by the board must apply to have the program approved again, if the program is to continue after the expiration date. Applications for subsequent approval must comply with all requirements in this section for initial approval and must be submitted at least three months prior to the expiration of the approved program in order to prevent a lapse in time of the fellowship. Permit holders shall be allowed to complete their fellowship regardless of continuing program approval.

(g) All board-approved fellowships that subsequently become approved by the ACGME, AOA, a member board of the ABMS, or a member board of the BOS, must notify the board within 30 days of their approval. Fellowships may not be dually approved by the board and ACGME, AOA, a member board of the ABMS, or a member board of the BOS. A board-approved fellowship that becomes approved by the ACGME, AOA, a member board of the ABMS, or a member board of the BOS immediately loses its board-approved status when its new approval becomes effective through the ACGME, AOA, a member board of the ABMS, or a member board of the BOS.

Source Note: The provisions of this §171.4 adopted to be effective November 7, 2004, 29 TexReg 10107; amended to be effective June 29, 2006, 31 TexReg 5100; amended to be effective August 10, 2008, 33 TexReg 6134; amended to be effective November 29, 2009, 34 TexReg 8532

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