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  • How long does it take to process a license application?

    Individual application processing time will vary according to the complexity of the application. Factors that increase complexity are “yes” answers to any of the Professionalism questions on the application.  

    What does PIT mean?

    PIT stands for Physician in Training.

    How do I apply for a PIT permit?

    PIT applications are submitted online.

    How do I send the supplemental information for my PIT application?

    Personal statements can be sent by e-mail, fax, regular or overnight mail. Documents and third party information can be sent by regular or overnight mail, or fax, if the documents are less than 10 pages.

    • E-mail to pit.applications@tmb.state.tx.us.

    Fax to (512) 305-7009 or (888) 550-7516 Attn: PIT Permits

    • Overnight and Regular mail - We recommend using one of the private overnight delivery services that allow tracking to submit all required items. These services require delivery to a physical address and a phone number. Delivery by a private overnight service to our physical address usually allows you to obtain immediate online confirmation of delivery from the carrier.

    Items mailed through the US Postal Service (regular, certified, express, or overnight), must be addressed to our mailing address, or they will be returned to the sender. A vendor signs for and delivers these items to our agency. Even if a tracking mechanism is used, the signature confirming receipt of items delivered to the mailing address will be that of a vendor employee, making confirmation of delivery more difficult.

     

    Delivery Physical Address and Phone

    • Texas Medical Board PRC, MC-240 333 Guadalupe, Tower III, Suite 700 Austin, TX 78701 Phone – (512) 305-7030

    Mailing address

    • Texas Medical Board PRC, MC-240 P.O. Box 2029 Austin, TX 78768-2029

     

     

    How long will it take to process my PIT application or for my permit to be issued?

    Permit applications that do not require supplemental forms and third party information will be processed in 2 to 3 business days and mailed to the mailing address indicated on your application. Verification of approved permits can be obtained on our online database within two business days of issuance. Depending on your answers, some of the questions on the application will require you to download a supplemental form and submit it, along with any third party documentation requested. Your application will not be considered complete until all supplemental information is received. Your permit will be issued only when all requested information has been evaluated and approved. Supplemental forms and third party information should be accompanied by your name and your TMB personal ID # whenever possible to expedite processing.

    Can my residency program (or other third party) pay my PIT application fee?

    Yes. They must register with the TMB for bulk payment processing. Your program will receive a third party identification number which they should make available to you, if they wish to pay your application fee. On the payment page of the online application, select "Pay by Third Party Payment". Enter the third party identification number you were given in the "Third Party ID" field. Note: This number should not be confused with the TMB personal identification number, or your ACGME, AOA, or TMB Program Identification number. Be sure to enter a valid email address. You will receive an email if the application fee has not been paid within seven days. Your application will not be submitted to the Texas Medical Board until the fee has been paid. Entering an incorrect third party identification number will mean that your program, or other third party payer, is prevented from paying for your application, and you will have to submit a new application with the correct third party identification number or choose another form of payment.

    How can my residency program or medical school reimburse my PIT application fee?

    Be sure to make at least two copies of the Receipt page when you complete your online application. The amount you paid will be reflected on the receipt. You can keep one copy for your records and use the other copy to request reimbursement from your residency program or medical school.

    As part of my PIT application, do I have to request a certified transcript from my medical school?

    No. The TMB no longer checks for compliance with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) requirements at the PIT permit application level. However, THECB requirements must be met when applying for a physician license.

    How do I register for COMLEX Level 3?

    For information on how to register for COMLEX Level 3 contact the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.

    Can I continue to use my PIT permit if I obtain a Temporary License or permanent physician licensure?

    No. A Temporary License supersedes a PIT permit and a permanent license supersedes a Temporary License.

    I am a resident in an accredited out of state residency program and wish to complete a rotation in Texas. Do I complete a different application to obtain a training permit?

    An online PIT application must be completed for a rotation in Texas.  You will use the same online application as a Texas physician in training, however, the fee will vary.

    Can I moonlight with a PIT permit?

    No, a physician-in-training permit holder is restricted to the supervised practice of medicine that is part of and approved by the training program. The permit does not allow for the practice of medicine that is outside of the approved program.

    Is internal moonlighting allowed with a PIT permit?

    Yes. For our purposes, internal moonlighting is defined as additional optional training within the scope of a training program, provided it occurs under the direction of a faculty member associated with the training program; is in compliance with the training requirements including but not limited to requirements for faculty supervision and work hour limitations; and is in the same specialty as the training program or approved by the program director as a training area related to the specialty.

    What are some examples of acceptable internal moonlighting under a PIT permit for training areas related to the specialty?

    A Family Medicine resident could reasonably be approved by his or her program director to internally moonlight with a PIT permit in the ER, maternity ward, or ambulatory clinic. An Internal Medicine resident could reasonably be approved by his or her program director to internally moonlight in the ER, ICU, or on the Critical Care service. However, a Family Medicine or Internal Medicine resident should not internally moonlight with a PIT permit on the Surgery service as it is not related to the specialty.

    Does conference attendance or observation count as internal moonlighting under a PIT permit?

    Not for our purposes. TMB will only be concerned with the supervised practice of medicine under a PIT permit.