Missouri assistant physician law being enacted after 2 years

A Missouri law is finally being rolled out after almost two and a half years. The law would allow medical students who were unmatched for residency programs to serve as assistant physicians under the supervision of a license physician. The state passed the law in 2014 hoping to combat the lack of doctors in many underserved parts of the state.

127 applications have been received with only 23 being approved so far. The rest have been denied or are still under review.

Because the law sat doormat for more than two years, many applications were deemed ineligible simply because too much time had passed between the time applicants took the exams and the actual review of the application.

Missouri law makers decided last week to reverse that order, allowing those applications that sat unread for two years be reviewed again. It is possible those applications will be approved.

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