Great news for getting licensed, here is an article from the CompHealth newsletter from Jennifer Millet outlining a new expedited license process that will greatly reduce the amount of time needed for an application to be processed and license issued:
Interstate Medical Licensure Compact begins processing applications for expedited licensure
On April 6, 2017, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission began processing applications for expedited licensure in some states. This makes the process for obtaining a medical license in these states simpler if you already hold your primary license in one of the participating states.
The IMLC creates another pathway for licensure and does not otherwise change a state’s existing Medical Practice Act. The IMLC also adopts a uniform and stringent standard for licensure and affirms that the practice of medicine occurs where the patient is located at the time of the physician-patient encounter. Upon licensure via the IMLC, the physician will be under the jurisdiction of the medical board in the state where the patient is located.
While physicians who live in a state that has adopted the compact can more easily apply to be licensed in another compact state, 11 of the 18 adopting states are still working to ensure their ability to access the FBI’s criminal background check system, while safeguarding the criminal history information as required by federal law.
To be qualify to participate in this program a physician must satisfy the following requirements:
- Possess an active, full and unrestricted medical license in Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, West Virginia, Wisconsin or Wyoming and are a resident, have at least 25 percent of their medical practice or are employed by an entity in one of those states.
- Be a graduate of a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation or a medical school listed in the International Medical Education Directory.
- Passed each component of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination or the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination within three attempts, or any predecessor examinations accepted by the state medical board in which you hold your primary license.
- Successfully completed graduate medical education approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association.
- Hold an active, time-limited specialty certification or a lifetime specialty certificate recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties or the American Osteopathic Association.
- Never been convicted, received adjudication, deferred adjudication, community supervision or deferred disposition for a felony, gross misdemeanor or crime of moral turpitude.
- Never held a medical license subjected to discipline by a licensing agency in any state, federal or foreign jurisdiction, excluding any action related to non-payment of fees related to a medical license.
- Never had a controlled substance license or permit suspended or revoked by a state or the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
- Is not under active investigation by a licensing agency or law enforcement authority in any state, federal or foreign jurisdiction.