Volunteer License: Physician
A retired physician can obtain a volunteer license to practice medicine, without compensation, at a charitable organization for under- or uninsured patients.
The Board may grant a license to practice medicine in Rhode Island as a volunteer physician to an individual who meets all of the following requirements: (a) Be otherwise qualified for licensure as a physician pursuant to these Regulations. (b) Be retired from the active practice of medicine and whose only clinical activities will be volunteering in clinics and other facilities that provide medical care to underinsured or uninsured patients. (c) Receive no monetary or in-kind compensation for any clinical services provided as a physician. (d) Submit documentation to the Board from an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) organization, or other similar entity, providing care for underinsured or uninsured patients, attesting to the physician's status as a volunteer physician and the absence of compensation (monetary or in-kind). (1) Separate documentation shall be provided for each organization where the applicant intends to provide services as a volunteer physician. (e) Submit documentation to the Board that malpractice insurance will be provided, either by the organization or by the applicant.