Freud's Insights on Physician Medical Licensing

July 12th, 2012 1 Min read Freud's Insights on Physician Medical Licensing Blog
Often CompHealth search consultants, me included, are asked about medical licensing. Questions range from how to obtain a license and how long it takes to questions regarding eligibility. Most states' medical boards require that a medical license application be reviewed during a board meeting in order for a license to be issued. However, since each medical board is independent, the length of time it takes to acquire a license varies. In most states, it takes 8-10 weeks to obtain a license. But there are exceptions. New Jersey, Massachusetts and Florida's processes take 4-6 months and California and Texas take 6-9 months. Some state boards require that a physician or surgeon appear before the board for a personal interview. These states include: Arkansas, Delaware, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Vermont, and West Virginia. Regarding eligibility, as a general rule, most states require that a physician has completed all parts of the original licensing exam within a seven-year period to be eligible to apply for licensure. Some medical boards require that physicians have taken their certification exams or become board certified/re-certified within the last ten years. These states are Alabama, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, and Texas. Furthermore, CompHealth can save you time and stress throughout the licensing process when you accept a job with one of our clients. Our licensing specialists take the work out of getting your state license allowing you to focus your energies on other aspects of getting ready for your new job. They can act as candidates' liaisons with the state boards. With their years of experience, our licensing specialists can advise the best way to proceed if a licensing process involves malpractice, urgent time requirements, or other potential hurdles. CompHealth provides this value-added service at no additional charge for physicians whom CompHealth places. (State and processing fees must still be paid by the physician.) Ask your CompHealth search consultant for more details on how we can help you, or check out our latest physician jobs today.