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Medical Licensure

Obtaining a medical license—whether initial licensure or a second or subsequent license in another state—can be challenging. To help physicians navigate this process, the AMA provides a useful primer. You also can navigate to the Web sites of each state licensing board.

CME for licensure reregistration. Sixty-two boards require continuing medical education (CME) for license reregistration. Some states also mandate specific CME content, such as HIV/AIDS, risk management, or end of life palliative care. In some cases, requirements are based on a physician's specialty and patient population. Requirements may change from time-to-time, so it's essential to stay informed of detailed requirements affecting the ability to maintain licensure.

Traditional medical practice is rapidly being transformed by many factors. The AMA Young Physicians Section (AMA-YPS) focuses on the concerns of physicians under 40 years of age or within the first 8 years of practice after training. Among its goals is helping with transition into practice. AMA-YPS makes available a number of career resources, including a video library.

Shop AMA Store. You'll find a selection of titles on career development, as well as references and statistics that can help guide your future.


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