In 1996 the debate regarding the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant
Responsibility Act centered on the necessity to screen foreigneducated
health care professionals seeking employment in the United
States. The focused and controversial discussion also raised cogent
points regarding the qualifications of an entity to perform such an
Based on its established track record in providing credentialing
services to a variety of health occupations, CGFNS International was
named in the Act to provide health professions screening when the law
The requirements call for continuity of program director leadership. The average length in years
between program director appointment dates in the core specialties is 7.06 years (range 4.62 –
Programs that have a history of frequent changes may trigger additional inquiry into the
cause(s) in order to determine if the learning environment has been adversely affected. A single
person (program director) must have authority for the operation of the program.
State law defines the grounds for misconduct, such as negligence, deceit,
fraud, or exploitation of the physician-patient relationship. A physician will
face restrictions, suspension, or revocation of his or her license to practice
following investigation and conviction of charges filed against him or her.
Physicians are required to complete medical school and several years of
postgraduate training. They must also pass a rigorous medical licensing
examination to be eligible for licensure. The license to practice is broad and
not restricted to particular fields of medicine.