However, upon being made aware of the situation year, the Hawaii Board of Medical Examiners prompted an investigation and has only found two practicing Hawaii physicians who had not met the criteria, said Constance Cabral, executive director of the Hawaii Board of Medical Examiners.
Under current law, one of the criteria required for physician licensure in Hawaii is completion of a residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
accredits only U.S. residency programs.
The two physicians were found to have a Canadian residency rather than a U.S. residency, Cabral
"The error was not due to the board's approval of unqualified applicants, but rather to a clerical error.We are investigating and working on resolving the issue to the best of our abilities," she
If the bill passes, the improperly licensed two physicians will have met the criteria, Cabral
said.However, there is no way to tell what will happen to these physicians until the investigation is complete or the bill passes, she
"The bill is moving up in Senate, but I can't be definite on whether or not it will pass.There are several physicians who are opposed to the bill and will voice their opinions," Cabral
Because of the ongoing investigation, Cabral
was unable to tell West Hawaii Today
who the two physicians were or what island they were on.