March 29, 1993
Subject: Public Health Service Training Grant Application - Additional Assurances
In November, 1992, the Public Health Service added three additional certifications to Bureau of Health Professions training grant applications. The three certifications are described below. (See attachment for full text.)
1. Bloodborne Diseases
Applicants for traineeships under Title VI or VII or the Public Health Service Act must certify that all trainees will receive training on precautions and control procedures to prevent transmission of bloodborne diseases. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule in December, 1991 regarding occupational exposure to bloodborne diseases. The State Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) has also established regulations in this areas which are at least as comprehensive as the federal requirements. Since Cal/OSHA requirements govern the University in this area, Campus Environmental Health and Safety Officers are implementing Cal/OSHA's training and immunization requirements for all affected campus personnel. The trainees on any Bureau of Health Professions grant should be receiving the required training. However, the Principal Investigator should be informed of this requirement to assure that it is implemented as part of the training.
2. Graduates of Foreign Medical schools
This assurance states that these training programs may not reject applicants with degrees from foreign medical schools solely based on the applicant's foreign medical school degree. This requirement does not conflict with any University medical training program admission policies. However, this assurance should be clearly understood by the Principal Investigator or whoever is in charge of reviewing applications for the training program.
3. Placement of Graduates - Physician Assistants
This assurance only applies to training grants for physician assistants. According to the PHS Bureau of Health Professions Grants Management Office, a general campus career placement program which would serve the physician assistants' program graduates would meet this requirement. However, if the campus career placement program does not serve these trainees, the requirement would have to be satisfied within the program. design. For all other training grants, the response would be "not applicable."
All three assurances are acceptable to the University. However, since they must be implemented by the Principal Investigator for the training grant, he/she must agree to accept responsibility for their implementation.
Refer: Samuela A. Evans
Subject: 01, 02
David F. Mears
Director, Research Administration Office
SUBJECT: OTHER ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
The Health Professions Education Extension Amendments of 1992 and the Nurse Education and Practice Improvement Amendments of 1992, Public Law 102-408 were enacted on October 13, 1992.
The Health Professions Education Extension Amendments of 1992 amended the Public Health Service Act by adding Section 798(f)(5) to Title VII of the Act. This Section authorizes the Secretary to "make an award of a grant, cooperative agreement, or contract under this title to an entity (including a school) that provides graduate training in the health professions only if the entity agrees that, in considering applications for admissions to a program of such training, the entity will not refuse to consider an application solely on the basis that the application is submitted by a graduate Of a foreign medical school."
Section 308 of the Public Law 102-408, requires an assurance regarding bloodborne diseases. This Section states that "With respect to awards of grants or contracts under Title VII or VIII of the Public Health Service Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services may make such an award for the provision of traineeships only if the applicant for the award. provides assurances satisfactory to the Secretary that all trainees will, as appropriate, receive instruction in the utilization of universal precautions and infection control procedures for the prevention of the transmission of bloodborne diseases."
Section 750 (formerly Section 788 (d)) of the Public Health Service Act authorizes support for Grants for Programs for Physician Assistants. Section 750(c) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, states that "No grant or contract may be made under subsection (a) unless the school or other entity involved provides assurances satisfactory to the Secretary that the school or entity has appropriate mechanisms for placing graduates of the training program with respect to which the application is submitted in positions for which they have been trained."
As a result of these legislative changes, the enclosed form must be completed, as applicable, and signed by an authorized official of the applicant institution and submitted as soon as possible, but not later than December 7, 1992, to the following address:
Grants Management officer
Bureau of Health Professions
Room 8C-26, Parklawn Building
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20857
To ensure association with the correct application, please include the below noted applicant organization name and grant application number on the completed form.
If you have any questions concerning these assurances, please contact Ms. Penny King of this office at (301) 443-6960.
Grants Management Officer
Bureau of Health Professions
PROGRAM: FACULTY DEVELOPMENT IN FAMILY MEDICINE
APPLICATION NUMBER: 5 D15 PE59020-09
(PAGE 6 OF FORM PHS-6025-1 AND FORM PHS-6025-2
The following additional certifications described below are made by checking the appropriate boxes and verified by the signature of the OFFICIAL SIGNING FOR THE APPLICANT ORGANIZATION. Please complete, as appropriate.
Bloodborne Diseases: ---.No --- Yes
Applicants for awards of grants or contracts for the
provision of traineeships under title VII or VIII of the
Public Health Service Act must certify that all trainees
will, as appropriate, receive instruction in the utilization
of universal precautions and infection control procedures
for the prevention of the transmission of bloodborne
Graduates of Foreign Medical Schools --- No --- Yes
Before an award of a grant, cooperative agreement, or contract can be made under title VII of the Public Health Service Act to an entity (including a school) that provides graduate training in the health professions, the applicant organization must certify that, in considering applications for admission to a program of such training, the entity will not refuse to consider an application solely on the basis that the application is submitted by a graduate of a foreign medical school. This paragraph may not be construed establishing any private right of action.
Placement of Graduates - Physician Assistants ---No ---Yes
Before an award of a grant or contract can be made under Section 750(a) of the Public Health Service Act to a school other entity that provides training of physician assistants, the applicant organization must certify that the school or entity has appropriate mechanisms for placing graduates of the training program with respect to which the application submitted in positions for which they have been
PROGRAM----- APPLICATION NUMBER-------
AUTHORIZED OFFICIAL DATE