How Do You Get a Medical License?

Whether you attended medical school in the United States, internationally or as a refugee, becoming a licensed doctor requires you to enter an accredited residency program, pass all required examinations, and demonstrate that you have the proper qualifications for licensure. This guide will walk you through the process of obtaining your medical license in the…

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Facts to Know About Medical Expiration Rules

If more than ten years have gone by since you passed an examination such as the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) or an American Board Exam, you may be required to take an American Board certification or the Special Purpose Examination (SPEX). If you are unsure about anything regarding medical license or exam expiration…

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Understanding and Avoiding Medical Board Disciplinary Actions

State medical boards regulate the activities of more than one million health care professionals in the United States. Although their duties include licensing and ongoing registration, their ultimate goal is to protect the public from harm and enhance the quality of medical practice. State medical boards also have the responsibility of determining when a physician’s…

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A Quick Guide to Different Types of Medical Licenses

At MLG, we help busy physicians obtain multiple types of medical licenses, including emergency licensure. In this reference guide, we focus on permanent medical licensure, temporary licensure and locum tenens licensure. Each licensure type has its own unique considerations to bear in mind. Your dedicated licensing specialist at MLG can advise you on the best…

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Hospital Credentialing 101

After receiving your medical license, the next step in your journey to seeing patients is hospital credentialing. Over the past few decades, hospital credentialing has evolved into a tedious, arduous process that requires perfect attention to detail. In addition to being laborious, hospital credentialing can be a lengthy process, because it is common for credentialing…

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State Controlled Substance Registration

Physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners navigating their state’s controlled substance registration process are faced with lengthy application requirements. As medical licensing professionals, we are here to help our clients complete these applications and answer any questions that may arise regarding controlled substance licenses. Application requirements vary by state, but we have identified several common…

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Is a Background Check Required for a Medical License?

Not every state requires a criminal background check for medical licensure eligibility. However, a state medical board may still ask questions about past crimes or other negative life events. Remember, the primary role of any state medical board is to protect the public from safety risks. Learning about a physician’s personality, character, education and experience…

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Considerations for Returning to the Medical Practice

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Deciding to return to practice after leaving the medical profession for a considerable period of time is a milestone event for any physician. Since physicians returning to the medical practice must follow their state’s re-entry policies, weighing the pros and cons of this decision is an important thing to do. Now more than ever, the…

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How to Obtain an Expedited Medical License

We often talk with physicians and physician assistants who are in situations that necessitate an expedited medical licensing process. Whether you are needing a medical license in a new state in a pinch to take advantage of a lucrative second-income opportunity, begin seeing patients in that state virtually or pursue other time-sensitive endeavors, obtaining an…

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