After the first year of a residency program comes to its end you can already obtain your medical license. Academic and clinical work experience will help you pass the examination. However, each state has its standards and you had better take some practice tests.
The exam questions are mainly related to your specialty. Passing the exam means you can be a legal physician. Since the time you get it you can practice medicine in that particular state. Besides the license you need a board certification.
A physician, who prefers getting a medical license or board certification in other states, will have some difficulties. There may be some delays because of a thorough investigation. They must provide details about their past experiences and current credentials.
There is a required level of education that is necessary for getting a medical license. To clarify, physicians who want to get licensed and certified should show their real abilities. They must correspond to certain graduate and undergraduate education criteria.
To be short, you need to have:
American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) will help you obtain a board certification. After getting it physicians must show how experienced they are in their specialty. In this case the above mentioned education requirements are also needed.
Besides those requirements, physicians must:
The period before obtaining a medical license varies from state to state. Here is the list including each state’s waiting period and license fee:
Each US state gives physicians special numbers. After the doctors get their medical licenses, they receive those numbers.
In fact, the numbers show who the license owner is.
With the help of numbers the state checks whether he/she meets all the license requirements. In case of the medical license number’s absence the physicians may get fines.
All together the process may seem rather confusing and time consuming. Although it can be really hard, you can handle it if you know exactly what to do. Indeed, you’ll spend many hours on doing it properly. Yet, the result will be worth your efforts.
Here are the states, where obtaining a medical license is one of the hardest things: Mississippi, Arkansas Nevada, South Dakota, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Texas, Iowa, Ohio, North Carolina.
You have to renew your medical license every two years. In case you have an expired license. You won’t be able to practice medicine in your state. In fact, doctors can do the renewal in two ways: online or via mail.
There are some cases when online renewal is more convenient for physicians. Especially when:
There are people who prefer doing medical license renewal by mail. If so, you have to present your renewal on the required form. Make sure it contains the renewal fees. It will take you about 6 weeks to make a renewal.
In case you haven’t got any notice of renewal, you still have to renew it before expiration. After you get the notice you must rapidly submit it. You have to do it within a two-week period. If you still don’t manage to do it, you can renew your license online.
Usually, the licensees receive their applications by mail about 90 days before the expiration date. If you don’t get it after two months have passed you can report about it. Maybe the reason is a change of a current address. So, always keep in touch and inform about any changes.
To renew your medical license you need to provide the following:
As you already know, the renewed license is valid for two years. Every two years you have to renew it again and pay fees for that.
According to the latest estimates, the medical license renewal fee is about $800-$1000. This is the approximate cost and it may vary from state to state.
The fee also includes minor mandatory fees. Each physician has to pay them together with the renewal fee.
Any physician who is involuntary, military service or is invalid is free of paying the renewal fee. Yet, those physicians still have to pay the mandatory fees. They should do it before the expiration date. Otherwise, they will not get their renewed licenses.