The licensing of physicians is one of the key aspects of the nation's state medical boards in the U.S. State medical boards use licensing to ensure that all practicing physicians have received appropriate education and training and that they adhere to recognized standards of professional conduct while supporting their patients.
Obtaining a license to practice medicine in the United States is a difficult process. Those seeking to enter the profession must meet predetermined qualifications such as medical school graduation, postgraduate training, and passing a comprehensive national medical licensing examination that tests their expertise in health and disease management, as well as effective patient care. Applicants must provide proof of their education and training, as well as information about their work history. They must also disclose information that could jeopardize their ability to practice, such as their health status, malpractice judgments/settlements, and criminal convictions. Only those who meet a state's requirements are permitted to practice medicine in that state.
The state medical and osteopathic board regulations on continuing medical education (CME) for licensure registration are listed below. States with no information have no regulations governing CME.
|States||CME/Year||Hours/Year||Duration (Years)||AMA/ACOG/AAFP/AOA||Equivalent Certificates||State-mandated CME|
|Alaska||50||25||2||50||AMA PRA, ABMS, GME|
|Arizona||40||20||2||AMA PRA, AMA PRA app, ABMS, GME|
|Arizona DO||20||20||1||12/yr (AOA 1-A)||AOA, ABMS, GME||12 AOA 1-A credits/year|
|Arkansas||20||20||1||Not specified||AMA PRA, AOA, GME|
|California*||100||25||4||100||AMA PRA app, ABMS, SMS,||Pain management, Elderly care, end-of-life care|
|California DO*||150||50||3||60 (AOA 1-A or B)||AOA, AAFP, CMA, CAFP||Pain management, geriatric medicine, end-of-life care; AOA cert. accepted if accompanied by AOA registration|
|Colorado||2||2||1||Opioidprescribing, recognition of substance use disorders, referral of patients with substanceuse disorders for treatment, and use of the Electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.|
|Connecticut||50||25||2||Infectious disease, sexual assault, risk management, domestic violence|
|Delaware||40||20||2||40||AMA PRA app|
|D.C.||50||25||2||50||AMA PRA app, AOA, GME|
|Florida*||40||20||2||40||AMA PRA, GME||HIV/AIDS, TB, end-of-life palliative care, domestic violence, med error|
|Florida DO||40||20||2||20 (AOA Category 1-A)||AMA PRA app, GME||HIV/AIDS, risk management, domestic violence, FL rules/laws, use of controlled substances, 2 hrs prevention of med errors|
|Georgia||40||20||2||40||AMA PRA app, GME|
|Guam||100||50||2||25||AMA PRA app, AOA, NSS, ACEP||Ethics (2 credits every 2 years)|
|Hawaii||40||20||2||40||AMA PRA, SMS, NSS, GME|
|Hawaii DO||AMA PRA, SMS, NSS, GME|
|Idaho||40||20||2||40||AMA PRA, AMA PRA app, AOA, ABMS, GME|
|Illinois||150||50||3||60||AMA PRA, SMS, NSS, GME||SMS, NSS if ACCME-accredited|
|Iowa||40||20||2||40||AMA PRA, ABMS (cert andrecert), GME||Training for identifying and reporting abuse is required every 5 years for EM, FM, FP, IM, OB/GYN, Psych, & primary care service|
|Kansas||50||50||1||20||AMA PRA, AMA PRA app, ABMS, SMS, GME|
|Kentucky||60||20||3||30||AMA PRA, AOA, NSS, GME||HB 1 requires a minimum of 4.5 hours every licensing cycle for physicians who are authorized to prescribe or dispense controlled substances. Primary care physicians should complete a 3-hour domestic violence training course within 3 years of the date of initial licensure|
|Louisiana||20||20||1||20||AMA PRA||One-time board orientation course|
|Maine||100||50||2||40||AMA PRA, AMA PRA app, ABMS, SMS, GME|
|Maine DO||100||50||2||40 (AOA 1-A or B)|
|Maryland||50||25||2||50||AMA PRA app, ABMS+||Partial credit for ABMS.|
|Massachusetts||100||50||2||40 (40 AOA 1-A for DOs)||AMA PRA, AMA PRA app, ABMS, SMS||Risk management|
|Michigan||150||50||3||75||AMA PRA app||75 Category 1 AMA PRA|
|Michigan DO||150||50||3||60 (AOA 1-A or B)||ABMS, GME||60 hours Category 1-A or 1-B|
|Minnesota||75||25||3||75||AMA PRA, ABMS, MOCOMP||ABMS cert/recertification accepted|
|Mississippi||40||20||2||40 (DOs: AOA 1-A)||AMA PRA app, ABMS*, GME||Initial certification only (not renewal); for DOs, all credit must be AOA 1-A.|
|Missouri||50||25||2||50||ABMS, GME||Complete50 hoursofAMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, AOA Category 1-A or 2-A credits, or AAFP|
|Montana||No CME required|
|Nebraska||50||25||2||50||AMA PRA, AOA|
|Nevada||40||20||2||40||AMA PRA app, GME||Ethics (2 credits), 20 credits in the specialty; other 18 hrs can be any in Category 1; 4 credits in WMD/bioterrorism (new applicants only)|
|Nevada DO||35||35||1||10 (AOA 1-A)||AMA PRA app, AOA, ABMS|
|New Hampshire||150||50||3||60||AMA PRA, ABMS, GME||Credits reported to NH Med Society; CME reporting cycle to 2 years|
|New Jersey||100||50||2||40||GME||Cultural Competence;The 6 credits for cultural competence are in addition to the 100-hour requirement for physicians. For newly licensed physicians, the Board requires attendance at an orientation program; no CME is provided for this.|
|New Mexico||75||25||3||75||AMA PRA, ABMS, GME|
|New Mexico DO||75||25||3||75||AMA PRA, ABMS, USMLE||Active membership in AOA may replace 75 hours of CME|
|North Dakota||60||20||3||60||AMA PRA, AMA PRA app, ABMS, MOCOMP|
|North Mariana Islands||25||25||1|
|Ohio||100||50||2||40 (DOs: AMA 1-A or B)||AMA PRA app, AOA||All CME must be OSMA or OOA certified|
|Oklahoma||60||20||3||60||AMA PRA, ABMS, GME+||+50 hours for each year of GME|
|Oklahoma DO||16||16||1||16 (AOA 1-A or B)||1 credit on prescribing controlled substances (every 2 yrs)|
|Oregon||120||60||2||1-hour pain management & end-of-life care; Minimum 6 CME credit hours. Alzheimer's education, cultural competency, & suicide risk assessment|
|Pennsylvania||100||50||2||20||SMS, GME||12 hrs patient safety or risk management|
|Pennsylvania DO||100||50||2||20 (AOA 1-A)||12 hrs patient safety or risk management|
|Puerto Rico||60||20||3||40||AMA PRA|
|Rhode Island||40||20||2||40||AMA PRA, AMA PRA app, AOA, ABMS, SMS, NSS, GME||2 credits: pain management, end of life, universal precautions, bioterrorism, OHSA, or ethics|
|South Carolina||40||20||2||40||ABMS, GME||75% specialty education (30 credits every 2 years)|
|South Dakota||No CME required|
|Tennessee||40||20||2||40||AMA PRA||Appropriate prescribing (1 credit every 2 years)|
|Tennessee DO||40||20||2||40 (AOA 1-A or 2-A)||Appropriate prescribing (1 credit every 2 years)|
|Texas||24||24||1||12 (12 AOA 1-A for DOs)||AMA PRA, ABMS, GME||Of 12 Category 1 credits, at least 1 in ethics and/or professional responsibility|
|Utah MDs and DOs||40||20||2||40||GME|
|Vermont DO||30||15||2||AMA PRA||At least 12 of 30 hours in osteopathic medical education|
|Virginia||60||30||2||30||AMA PRA app, GME|
|Washington||200||50||4||Not specified||AMA PRA, ABMS, SMS, NSS|
|Washington DO||150||50||3||60 (AOA 1-A or B)||AMA PRA, AMA PRA app, ABMS, SMS, GME||CME certification from medical practice academies and original certification or recertification within 6 years by the specialty board|
|West Virginia||50||25||2||50||AMA PRA||One-time requirement for two credits in end-of-life care, and pain management, and 30 credits forthephysician's designated specialty|
|West Virginia DO||32||16||2||16 (AOA 1-A or B)||One-time requirement for two credits in end-of-life care, and pain management, and 30 credits forthephysician's designatedspecialty|
|Wyoming||60 hrs||20||3||60||AMA PRA, ABMS|
When it comes to dealing with certain issues, seeking the help of those who have already faced the same problem can be highly beneficial. This holds true for the renewal of medical licenses, as there are numerous licensed services available to assist with this process.
Therefore, if you are a doctor in need of license renewal, utilizing medical license services may be the right path for you. Failing to renew your medical license in a timely manner can result in severe consequences.
To ensure that you can continue providing medical care without any complications, it is crucial to always renew your license on time. It is advisable to not even wait for the grace period provided for license renewal.
Yes. There are various companies and services, such as Credidocs, that specialize in helping doctors and nurses with their licensing needs. Delegating the responsibility of renewing your license to such a service can free up your time for other important tasks. However, you may wonder if it is worth the investment and if you can trust someone else to handle this task on your behalf. Here are several reasons why many doctors opt for medical licensing services:
1. Tailored solutions: Before placing an order, you will be required to complete an application that allows you to provide the service with all the necessary details. This ensures that the professionals assisting you have all the information they need to help with your license renewal.
2. Speedy renewal process: As you may already know, the renewal process can be time-consuming. By working with a trustworthy licensing service, you can be confident that your license will not only be renewed on time but possibly even earlier.
3. Stress-free experience: Let's be honest, renewing your license can be a stressful and exhausting endeavor, especially if it is your first time going through the process.
4. Comprehensive assistance: Physician licensing services like Credidocs take care of every aspect of your license and renewal process, alleviating the burden of paperwork from your shoulders.
5. Expert guidance: Successfully renewing your license requires a deep understanding of state laws and government requirements. By partnering with a highly reputable physician license service, you can rest assured that you will be supported by knowledgeable professionals who are well-versed in these matters. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
6. Guaranteed success: The key to a successful license renewal lies in choosing the right physician licensing service. If you make the right choice, you can have peace of mind knowing that you are likely to renew your license swiftly on your first attempt. Moreover, you can oversee the entire process and provide feedback to the service if you wish to make any changes or additions.
If your medical license expires, you will be prohibited from legally practicing medicine in the state. This interruption can have several negative consequences, even if it is only temporary:
Any lapse in your medical license can be inconvenient, embarrassing, and costly.
The renewal period for medical licenses varies by state, as each state has its own requirements. In some cases, medical doctors and doctors of osteopathic medicine may have different renewal dates within the same state.
Generally, most states require medical licenses to be renewed every one or two years. Some states allow for a three-year gap between renewals. Common deadlines for renewals are December 31, January 31, birthdate/month, June 30/July 1, and October 30/November 1. These dates are just a few examples of more common deadlines.
Some states have different dates based on your last name (e.g., West Virginia, Ohio) or specific departments (e.g., Alaska). Additionally, some states may have a grace period for medical license renewal, although this can vary. Our Credidocs website provides helpful information, but these few details illustrate the complexity of license renewal due dates.
Checking your current license status is often the easiest approach. Physicians must go through a process to renew their medical license. The process varies depending on the state and can involve completing continuing education hours, submitting a form, and paying a fee.
Each state has its own application requirements and review process, so the timeline for renewal can vary. If a license expires due to procrastination or forgetfulness, the process becomes more complex.
In these cases, a higher fee and additional paperwork may be required. For prolonged lapses in licensure, a clinical skills assessment and/or physician assessment may be necessary.
To simplify the renewal process, Credidocs can manage your renewals for you. They will notify you of your specific renewal due date and handle all the paperwork with state medical boards. With their expertise in working with licensure boards in all 50 states, they ensure that you are properly licensed to provide medical care.
To avoid serious consequences, it is essential to ensure the timely renewal of your medical license. By diligently renewing it before the due date, you can avoid any complications when delivering medical care. It is highly recommended not to rely on any grace period for your license renewal.
Before discussing the significance of the license renewal grace period, let us first understand the licensing process from start to finish.
If you have received your medical degree from a foreign country or if you are a refugee or immigrant who graduated from medical school internationally and wish to become a licensed doctor in the United States, the process to obtain licensure involves joining a residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) that is certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
In the case that you have completed medical school in the U.S., you may also need to verify your eligibility with the ECFMG. Once you have obtained certification from the ECFMG, you can proceed to apply for and complete the Medical Graduate Education Program, commonly referred to as residency.
The following steps will provide you with guidance on the certification process and help you efficiently pursue your goal of becoming a licensed doctor in the United States.
If your license has expired, it is unlawful for you to practice medicine in the state. This prohibition remains in place regardless of the duration of the interruption (which is often extended). Any interruption in your ability to provide medical care is bound to result in various detrimental consequences.
Losing or having any lapse in your provider license can cause inconvenience, embarrassment, and financial burden.
The renewal period for physician licenses varies by state and can be different for medical doctors and doctors of osteopathic medicine in the same state. Most states require renewals every one or two years, although a few allow three years between renewals. The renewal deadlines also vary, with common dates being December 31, January 31, birthdate/month, June 30/July 1, and October 30/November 1. Some states even have different renewal dates based on last name or specific departments. There may be a grace period for renewal in some states, but this is not consistent. The Medical License Application & Renewal Fee Guide provides helpful information, but it is best to check your current license status to determine your specific renewal due date because of the complexity involved.
Renewing a physician's license involves more than just meeting the deadline. It entails completing continuing education hours, submitting a form, and paying a fee. However, each state has its own application requirements and review processes, resulting in varying timelines for renewal. It is not guaranteed to be a quick process. If your license expires due to last-minute procrastination or forgetfulness, the renewal process becomes more complicated. You may have to pay a higher fee and provide extra documentation. In situations where the lapse in licensure is prolonged, a clinical skills assessment and/or physician assessment may be necessary.
Keeping your provider license current while simplifying the renewal process is important. Credidocs can assist you with maintaining your license.
With our expertise in dealing with medical boards in all 50 states, Credidocs will manage your renewals for you. It will notify you when your specific renewal deadline is approaching while handling all the paperwork. We also specialize in making sure you're properly licensed to provide medical care.
If healthcare professionals want to continue providing their patients with exceptional care and service, it is absolutely necessary for them to manage multiple state licenses and credentials. However, it isn't always easy. When it comes to juggling various licenses and requirements, you might run into a lot of problems.
This is why, Credidocs is here to assist. This article aims to discuss the significance of managing multiple credentials and licenses, as well as some strategies for remaining organized and in compliance with all requirements.
First and foremost, having licenses in multiple states can increase your employment prospects. You can work anywhere and possibly even travel for work. Additionally, having multiple licenses can increase your value to your medical professional that operates across state lines (such as telemedicine).
However, it's not just about job openings. You also have more knowledge and skills because you are licensed in multiple states. Holding licenses in multiple states can make you a more versatile and well-rounded healthcare provider because each state has its own requirements and regulations.
Holding various state licenses and certifications enjoys its benefits; however, it's not without its challenges. Dealing with that large number of licenses and certifications can be very overwhelming for medical professionals.
Managing the numerous state-specific licensing requirements is one of the greatest obstacles. Healthcare professionals need to familiarize themselves with the particular requirements of each state in which they intend to practice because each state has its own set of requirements, such as those for education, experience, and examinations.
The application procedure itself is yet another obstacle. It can be challenging and time-consuming to obtain a license in each state. You will be required to submit an application, provide supporting evidence, and pay fees, which may or may not be very different from state to state. In order to ensure that the application process runs as smoothly as possible, it is essential to comprehend the specific requirements of each state.
The same goes for the requirements for renewal. Each state has its own arrangement of licensure renewal necessities, which can incorporate proceeding with continuing education credits, renewal fees, and documentation. To avoid licensure issues, it is essential to keep up with renewal requirements.
Reduce the amount of work you have to do and save time by outsourcing administrative tasks related to provider licensing and credentialing. Rather than spending innumerable hours on desk work and exploring the intricacies of the licensing procedure, you can zero in on the main objective - delivering great patient care.
The capacity to remain current with constantly changing state-specific requirements is yet another significant advantage of employing medical licensing services. With new guidelines being executed consistently, it tends to be difficult for you to stay aware of the most recent changes. However, professionals in medical license provider like Credidocs keep meticulous records of these revisions and make certain that their customers always comply.
Improve efficiency by centralizing the management of your medical licenses so that you can end up saving time and money. By utilizing a one-stop platform to deal with your licenses as a whole and approved certifications, you can undoubtedly monitor lapse dates, renewal necessities, and other significant subtleties.
Important license and credential documentation can also be tracked by these platforms. This could include credits for continuing education or malpractice insurance. By having all of this documentation in one spot, you can keep away from any last-minute scrambling.
Additionally, centralized management can assist with job changes. Having all of a provider's licenses and credentials organized and current can make the transition much easier if they are moving to a new state or changing jobs. The licensing and credentialing process may be spared from any unnecessary delays or complications.
At Credidocs, we know how crucial it is to keep up with the licensing and credentialing procedures. As a result, we provide a platform that makes the process easier and lets you keep track of your progress and comply with licensing and certification requirements.
Schedule a consultation with Credidocs and let us handle the management of your credentials and certificates while you concentrate on growing your medical practice and giving your patients the best possible service.