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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 useful information. You also can navigate to the Web sites of each state licensing board.

For international medical graduates the AMA provides specific advice on credentials verification and state licensing.

CME for licensure reregistration. Most 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 (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 makes available a full spectrum of career planning resources.

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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