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    Default Can a licensed U.S. doctor (M.D.) practice general medicine in the DR?

    I am a licensed internist moving to Santiago in 12 months. Already am building a house with equipped with a space for a medical office. I would like to offer my services mostly to English-speaking expats who would be more comfortable with a US trained physician. I truly enjoy the practice of medicine, do not want to retire, and plan to keep fees to a minimum. What do I need to do to legally practice medicine? Any direction would help.

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    i am afraid i cannot help with the details but i know american doctor who used to practice medicine here. i understand some exams are involved in order to get the license. you will also have to work for some time in a public hospital with dominican and haitian patients. i'd say that spanish is a must here.

    some info from salud publica is here:
    DIRECCION GENERAL DE HABILITACION Y ACREDITACION

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    As far as I know you cannot practise medicine here, unless you work with a licensed Dominican doctor, who supervises you. However in order to be able to practise on your own you need to have all of your qualifications approved, and register with Public Health and the Dominican Medical college, which, knowing the way things work here, could take years.

    There appear to be 3 websites.

    1. Public Health: http://www.msp.gob.do/

    2. The Dominican medical college www.cmd.org.do

    3. the secretary of state of higher education, science and technology.

    Number one appears to have the lists of the doctors, number two has the law and with whom you have to register, and number 3 iswhere you have to have your previous education approved. Below are two links - the first one is a list of downloads - you need formulario 1 - to apply which looks easy enough. Number 2 is the law and I have copied the main bits which basically say that you need to have your education authenticated by the sec of state for higher education etc. It also says they have to be first legalized by the Dominican consulate in your home country.



    Documentos y Formularios

    Documentos y Formularios

    CONSIDERANDO: Que la ley No. 42/01 o Ley General de Salud establece que los extranjeros para ejercer las profesiones de la salud o áreas afines deberán cumplir con lo que disponen las leyes del país.





    Artículo 4.- Todo extranjero que solicite su ingreso como Miembro Titular del Colegio Médico Dominicano, incluirá en su documentación la certificación de notas obtenidas durante su carrera autenticada por el Dpto. de Calificaciones de la Secretaría de Estado de Educación Superior Ciencias y Tecnología de la República Dominicana.

    Artículo 5.- El depósito de la documentación deberá acompañarse de una fotocopia del pasaporte, de dos fotos 2x2, impresas en blanco y negro, el formulario correspondiente de solicitud, y el pago de los derechos correspondientes.

    DEL PROCEDIMIENTO DE INGRESO:

    Artículo 6.- Una vez recibido los documentos, el Comité de Etica y Calificaciones se reúne y ofrece la calificación de la documentación, misma, debe estar acorde con los requisitos correspondientes.

    Artículo 7.- Una vez producida la aprobación como Miembro Titular, el médico extranjero se hace merecedor de todas los derechos consagrados en las normas que rigen al CMD. Igual manera estará sujeto al cumplimiento de los deberes y obligaciones de la entidad.



    La residencia médica debe estar reconocida por el Nivel I de las Residencias Médicas, mediante su organismo Técnico-Operativo (Consejo Nacional de Residencias Médicas). Cuando se trate de un centro extranjero, los documentos, tanto de pre-grado como de post-grado, deben estar legalizados por el consulado dominicano en el país donde se realizan los estudios, si los hubiera y certificado por el Cancillería Dominicana y certificado por la Cancillería Dominicano

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocoleka View Post
    I am a licensed internist moving to Santiago in 12 months. Already am building a house with equipped with a space for a medical office. I would like to offer my services mostly to English-speaking expats who would be more comfortable with a US trained physician. I truly enjoy the practice of medicine, do not want to retire, and plan to keep fees to a minimum. What do I need to do to legally practice medicine? Any direction would help.
    Matilda has given you good information, but also check with Hillbilly. He is an expert on this subject.

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    BobK, a poster on this board is a US medical doctor and is also an expert. My understanding is that to practice here on your own to make money, you will at least need to be fluent in Spanish and pass some tests. I think there was even more than that needed. It is not as simple as one might think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windeguy View Post
    BobK, a poster on this board is a US medical doctor and is also an expert. My understanding is that to practice here on your own to make money, you will at least need to be fluent in Spanish and pass some tests. I think there was even more than that needed. It is not as simple as one might think.
    Why should the OP think it was simple? He must be aware that a doctor from here can't just go to the US, open an office and start practicing medicine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Why should the OP think it was simple. He must be aware that a doctor from here can't just go to the US, open an office and start practicing medicine.
    Let's find out. cocoleka, how hard did you think it would be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Why should the OP think it was simple? He must be aware that a doctor from here can't just go to the US, open an office and start practicing medicine.
    Aren't there a lot of Dominican cosmetic centers all over NYC in basement apartments?

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    please, guys, will you? the OP did not say anything about how easy it must be. he asked politely about info. do not make assumptions.

    medicine is a universal science. but in order to practice in country X you need to know the X language, X procedures and so on. that there are many who practice illegally is a different matter altogether.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8 View Post
    please, guys, will you? the OP did not say anything about how easy it must be. he asked politely about info. do not make assumptions.

    medicine is a universal science. but in order to practice in country X you need to know the X language, X procedures and so on. that there are many who practice illegally is a different matter altogether.
    I think it is a valid question. After all the OP is already having a house prepared with an office so he can practice medicine.

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