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									What Do I Need To Know A bout State Medical Licensure?

The re are se ve ral key issue s: ve rification, malpractice documentation, state le ve l Controlle d Substance Registration (C SR )
requirements, inte rvie ws, follow-ups, and time.


State medical boards vary in the ir efficiency. In many states the licensure proce ss takes six months or more --with pe rfe ct
documentation. If you practiced medicine at multiple locations, boards will require that you ve rify privileges at each
location through standards forms. All ve rifications must come dire ctly from the site and thus ex tensive follow-up is
some times ne cessary.


Eve n the most common reside ncy expe rie nces may de lay state lice nsure and a ne w physician's entry into profe ssional
practice:


Say a physician practiced at multiple locations. State medical boards re quire a ve rification of privileges from each location.


Ofte n in the he ctic pace of residency and post-graduate training, physicians ove rlook the importance of documentation.
Many states require prime source ve rification in addition to copies of training ce rtificates.


The practice of videoconfe re ncing, te lemedicine , or e ven inte rstate phone consultation may require licensure in distant
states.


Third party re fe rences and ve rifications typically require se ve ral follow up calls to assure prompt action -some boards void
applications sitting incomple te for 60 days.


Many physicians fail to re tain the most basic malpractice documentation, such as names and contact numbe rs of
colleagues, administrators, and lawye rs.


If named in a malpractice action, boards require ex tensive documentation. Unfortunately, many reside nts are named
without the ir knowledge. Thus it is important to re tain names and contact information of all supe rvising physicians.


Keep deadlines in m ind, as we ll. Some states void incomple te applications, including those containing e rrors. Othe r steps,
such as C SRs and inte rvie ws, also vary from state to state . The cost of license applications may also come as a shock .


Compare the current requirements for the se sta tes:


State of A labama

Alabama State Board of Medical Exam ine rs
848 Washington Ave .
Montgome ry, AL 36104
Phone # (334) 242-4116
Fax # (334) 242-4155
Website: www.state .al.us/


Verification of Licensure:
Time-2-3 days
Fees-Ve rification: $0, Endorsement: $10
Fed Ex-yes


A pplication Status Check:
Call (334) 242-4116


US/Canadian Graduates (MD's & DO's):

American Citizenship: not required
Medical School: graduate of an AMA/AOA approved medical/osteopathic school
Post-graduate Training: 1 year AMA/AOA/AC GME approved training in the US or Canada
National Boards: accepted
Flex: accepte d (distinction be tween old and ne w exams: O ld -must have obtained a we ighted ave rage of 75 of be tte r. Ne w-
must have obtained a score of 75 or be tte r on each component.) From the time applicant sits for Part 1 until the time
he /she passes all parts cannot ex ceed 7 years.
LMCC: acce pte d
State Exam: Prior to 6/1979 Florida & Pue rto R ico not accepted.
USMLE: accepted
10-YEA R RULE: Yes/ce rtification or re -ce rtification in last 10 years will exempt applicant.


Foreign Medical Graduates:

FMG's must comply with a ll requirement of US & Canadian graduates
Post-graduate training: 1 year AMA/AO A/ACGME approve d training in the US or Canada
National Boards: N/A
FLEX: acce pte d
USMLE: accepted
ECFMG: R EQUIR ED/will acce pt FLEX, LMCC or National Boards if graduated from Canada or Pue rto Rico.
5th Pathway: unknown
LMCC: acce pte d


A labama A pplication Procedures

A pplication Requests:

Telephone: no; must request in writing; send to P.O . Box 946, Birm ingham, AL 36101
FedEx: call
Fax: no
E-mail request: no
Internet: no

Know the following when requesting-
 * $20
 * Name
 * Address
 * Medical school and date of graduation
 * C urre nt state of lice nsure
 * Board ce rtification and date (if applicable)

Permanent:
Whe n the file is 100%, the file must go to a Board meeting and Licensing Committee meeting. Deadline to have file
comple te is the 1st Wednesday of the month. The Board mee ts on the 3rd Wednesday, and the Licensing Comm ittee
mee ts on the 4th Wednesday. Numbe r will be issued the day the Licensing C ommittee mee ts, provided that the
registration fee has been paid. Applicant can obtain license numbe r by te lephone afte r 2:00 p.m . An inte rvie w may be
required if the re is de rogatory information. Effe ctive February 1996, board will only speak with applicant.


Fees:
Permanent: $175 + $75 on comple tion. $250 total
Board Meetings Schedule: Third Wednesday of e ve ry month.
Pending Malpractice: This is a Board de cision. Must apply.
CSR: Same addre ss & phone as board
A pplication: Sent with le tte r from board whe n the y request file comple tion fees ($75 -see above )
Time: 2 days
Fee: $50


Regional DEA office:
Drug Enforcement Adm inistration
Ne w O rleans Division Office
Ne w O rleans, LA
(504) 840-1100


State of California (MD)

Me dical Board of California
1426 Howe Avenue
Suite 54
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone # (916) 263-2499
Fax # (916) 924-2198
Web-site: www.me dbd.ca.gov


Triplicates: 916-227-4051

Documents Needed
Copy of DEA (signed and dated by physician)
Copy of C A Medical License
Lette r from Hospital

Fee:
$7.00 for e ve ry 100
$27.13 for a first time orde r of 100 and $7.00 for each 100 afte r

Mail To:
Dept. of Justice
Triplicate Prescription Program
P.O. Box 160447
Sacramento C A

4949 Broadway, Room C217
Sacramento, CA 95870


Verification of Licensure:
Ve rifications-(916) 263-2360
Fax-(916) 263-2653
Time-3 weeks
Fees-Ve rification: $10; Endorsement: $20
Fed Ex-yes
Ve rify online-www.docboard.org/ca/df/casearch.htm

A pplication Status Check: Call (916) 263-2499


US/Canadian Graduates (MDs only):

American Citizenship: Ame rican graduates-no
Medical School: m ust be a graduate of a medical school listed in the World Dire ctory of Medical Schools.
Post-graduate training: 1 year AC GME/CCME approved training in the US or Canada, 4 months of which must be ge ne ral
medicine (if started afte r 7/1/90).
Board Certification: not required.
National Boards: accepted
Flex: accepte d (distinction be tween old and ne w exams: O ld -must have obtained a we ighted ave rage of 75 of be tte r. Ne w-
must ha ve obtained a score of 75 or be tte r on each component within a 3 year pe riod.) Lim it is 2 times.
LMCC: acce pte d
State Exam: accepted, if taken afte r 1969, applicant is required to take USMLE Parts I, II, and III; if taken before 1969,
must have comple te d 2 yrs. PGT.
USMLE: accepted
SPEX: if applicant does not have 2 years of PGT or is not board ce rtified, applicant must take the SPEX. (life time
ce rtification is acceptable )


Foreign Medical Graduates:

FMG's must comply with a ll requirement of US & Canadian graduates
American Citizenship: YES, or must be lice nsed in anothe r state.
Post-graduate training: 2 years
National Boards: N/A
FLEX: acce pte d, Lim it is 2 times.
USMLE: accepted
ECFMG: R EQUIR ED
5th Pathway: accepted. The 1 yr. of academ ic 5th Pathway training may count for 1 of the 3 years of PGT
LMCC: acce pte d
California (MD) A pplication Procedures

A pplication Requests:
Telephone: yes, dial gene ral numbe r and pre ss [1].
Fed Ex: call

Know the following when requesting-
 * name
 * address
 * medical school
 * social se curity numbe r


Permanent: The application is not processed for 45 -60 days afte r it reaches the Board. Whe n the file is 100%, if it is a
"clean application", the license numbe r will be issue d within one week. The y lice nse on Thursdays.

Fees:
Permanent: $508 processing fee + $600 lice nse fee = $1108 (if a resident is in an approved program in C A, fee is $300)
Board Meetings Schedule: As neede d to update rules and regulations. Pending Malpractice: Applicant may apply, but
no numbe r will be issue d until the case is fully resolved.


Regional DEA office:
Drug Enforcement Adm inistration
San Diego Division Office
402 W. 35th Stree t
National C ity, CA 92050

San Francisco Division Office
450 Golde n Gate Avenue
Box 36050
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 556-6771

Los A ngeles Division Office
255 E. Temple Stree t
20th Floor
Los Angele s, C A 90012
(213) 894-3946
Registration-(888) 415-9822


State of New Jersey

Ne w Je rse y State Board of Medical Examine rs
140 E. Front St., 2nd Floor
Tre nton, NJ 08608
Phone # (609) 826-7100
Fax # (609) 826-7117
Website: www.state .nj.us/lps/ca/medical.htm


Verification of Licensure:
Time: 10 days
Fees-Verification: $0, Endorsement: $__
Fed Ex: no


Verify online: www.state .nj.us/lps/ca/bme/medfrm.htm


A pplication Status Check: They will only te ll you what they have NOT re ce ived.


US/Canadian Graduates (MD's & DO's):

American Citizenship: not required
Medical School: graduate of an accredited medical/osteopathic school
Post-graduate Training: 1 year AMA/AOA approved training in the US or Canada. 2 years in the US Armed Forces as a
physician is acceptable in lieu of the AMA/AO A re quirement.
National Boards: accepted
Flex: accepte d (distinction be tween old and ne w exams: O ld -must have obtained a we ighted ave rage of 75 of be tte r. Ne w-
must have obtained a score of 75 or be tte r on each component
LMCC: acce pte d of Canadian graduate s only
State Exam: accepted if take n be fore 12/31/72
USMLE: accepted
10 YEAR RULE: N/A


Foreign Medical Graduates:

FMG's must comply with a ll requirements of US & Canadian graduates
Post-graduate training: 1 year total in the US if prior to 07/85; 3 years total in the US if take n afte r 07/85
National Boards: N/A
FLEX: acce pte d
USMLE: accepted
ECFMG: accepted
5th Pathway: accepted
LMCC: acce pte d


New Jersey A pplication Procedures

A pplication Requests:
Te lephone: accepte d

Know the following when requesting
 * Name
 * Address

Permanent: Application must be comple ted and notarized within 30 days of subm ission. W hen the file is 100%, file is
re vie wed by the Te chnician. Upon approval, a le tte r goes to applicant requesting the e ndorsement fee and registration fee.
Whe n the fee is re ceived at the Board's office , numbe r is issued. If you nee d to ge t a numbe r be fore the nex t Board
mee ting, the physician can re quest an Inte rvie w. The board will NEVER offe r an inte rvie w. The numbe r is issued within 1-5
days of the inte rvie w.

Fees:
Permanent: $325 application fee +$225 endorsement fee +$170 or $340 registration fee
Board Meetings Schedule: Once a month, usually the 2nd Wednesday
Pending Malpractice: If a doctor has malpractice , the file will go to Malpractice re vie w and de pending on the how busy
the board is, will probably stay the re for 6 to 8 weeks. Then the Malpractice re vie w committee will de te rm ine whe the r or
not it nee ds to go to a board mee ting. If it doesn't, the n it goes straight to C re dentialing whe re it will probably stay for
anothe r 6 to 8 weeks.

CSR:
State of Ne w Je rse y
Dept. of Law and Public Safe ty
Endorsement Bureau/Drug Control
124 Halse y St. 7th Floo r
Ne wark, NJ

Time- 3 to 4 days
Fee- $20

Notes Cannot submit application without lice nse numbe r on it; also will need to include a copy of NJ lice nse . (973) 504-
6351 or (973) 504-6359


Regional DEA office:
Drug Enforcement Adm inistration
Ne wark Division O ffice
Fede ral O ffice Building
970 Broad St., Rm. 806
Ne wark, NJ 07102
(201) 645-6060


What Do I Need To Know A bout State Medical Licensure? - Continued


No wonde r it takes so long to re ce ive a lice nse .


De voting hours to assembling and proce ssing the documents ne ce ssary for state medical lice nse applications may not be
the most productive use of your time. Track ing down contact names, old traffic citations, m issing documentation from
de funct facilities, m ilitary re lease forms, and othe r items often required by state boards may delay your practice by nine
months or more .


The 10 best States to license in currently are:


1.   Mississippi
2.   Minne sota
3.   Kansas
4.   Colorado
5.   Texas
6.   Indiana
7.   Maine
8.   Ke ntuck y
9. North Carolina
10. Washington State


The best States to lice nse in are based of the following crite ria. First, the y have to have a clear and simple application
process. This means e ve rything re quired for licensure is stated up front. No surprise ex tra requests down the road.
Se cond, the ir proce ss for re vie wing the documentation must be quick and e fficient with le tte rs or e-mails de tailing
outstanding items. Third, the boards must have custome r se rvice friendly people who can respond to que stions and
explanations in a timely manne r.


The 10 worst States to license in currently are:>


1. California
2. Florida
3. Ne w Je rse y
4. Wisconsin
5. Louisiana
6. Pennsylvania
7. Massachuse tts
8. Virginia
9. Ohio
10. Illinois


The worst States to License in are base d of the following crite ria. First, the y re quire all pro vide rs go through the Fe de ral
C rede ntials Ve rification System (FC VS). This requirement is not time-consum ing or difficult for physicians that have
already gone through the FC VS. In fact it saves quite a bit of time. For those that have ne ve r gone through the proce ss, it
can add 6-8 weeks to licensure , in addition to board time. When the FC VS ve rifies credentials the y will do so via regular
mail se rvices, with no follow up to ensure ve rification is expedited. Se cond, the state application does not list clear ly the
items re quired to comple te the application. The board oftentimes will ask for additional malpractice information or court
docke ts afte r all requested mate rial has been submitted. Third, and most important, is communication. If a state board
representative will not answe r questions and provide status updates on a physician's application, it could drag the process
out for months.

								
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