LLR-Board of Medical Examiners

Approved by the Board: October 22-24, 2001 Board meeting

Replaces the Academic Limited License Policy previously approved at the May 19-21, 1997 Board meeting

Service Area: Licensure, Physicians

Subject: Academic License, Issuance of


Section 40-47-80 of the 1976 Code of Laws of South Carolina, as amended, authorizes the Board to issue limited licenses upon such requirements as may be set by the Board. Accordingly, Regulation 81-70 establishes the requirements for limited licenses. Faculty members of accredited medical schools in the State, primarily those faculty members trained outside the United States or Canada who have not heretofore had the opportunity to stand for national examination, are covered under the regulation and previously have been issued a Limited License for academic purposes. In recognition of the high academic positions of these licensees, the Board on October 24, 2001, approved the designation of "Academic License” on such licenses issued to qualified faculty members.

Pursuant to Reg. 81-70, each application will be considered individually by the full Board. It is specifically noted that authority to issue such a license has not been delegated to Board staff. The Board will consider each request on a case-by-case basis.


The issuance of an Academic License is initiated by a written request from the Dean of the medical school outlining the candidate's credentials, proposed role at the academic institution, and the reasons for requesting an exception to the usual course of permanent licensure. The candidate must meet the following requirements:

1. The Academic License may be granted to an individual with the rank of Associate Professor or higher.

2. The individual must have established academic credentials and a compelling reason to be invited by the Dean.

3. The Academic License will be used only in the educational setting or in a training program associated with the medical school.

4. Use of the Academic License is limited to the designated practice site only. It is not for independent practice or "moonlighting" situations.

Because an Academic License is issued at the Dean's request for his accommodation, the Board will hold the Dean professionally responsible under Section 40-47-200(F)(5) for the Academic Licensee's compliance with the limitations of practice under an Academic License.