If you want to become a licensed physician and do not know where to start from, then we can help you. The first and most important thing is getting a medical license. Sometimes, it can be a long and boring process, but it is a must wherever you live.
So, let’s cover up all the details you need to know about Wisconsin medical license.
At first, you should take a pre-qualification analysis in order to make sure of your eligibility. There are several professional requirements that every physician must meet. We will discuss these points in details below.
After confirming your eligibility you should prepare your application form. It should include your professional background, your data and your achievements as a physician.
Now we are going to look at the Wisconsin Board medical requirements every physician must have.
At first, the applicants must be Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). They must have been graduated from any medical school with Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
What relates to M.D. applicants, they must have passed 75% or higher score of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). They must pass this exam on steps one through three. If the third step is not passed, they must reapply for the licensure and present the evidence of education and trainings. They must complete these three steps during 10 years. And it takes 12 years for MDs and PhDs or dual degree candidates.
And, for D.O. applicants it is necessary to have a passing score on the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners Certification (NBOME).
All applicants must have passed AOA or ACGME-approved postgraduate training for two years. It can also take 24 months with an unlimited confirmation.
There are some other requirements for foreign applicants. If an applicant has been credentialed in another state, he or she must present the verification from that state board. If the applicant has got the passing score by a US or Canadian jurisdiction, he or she will not need to take other exams in Wisconsin. But this advantage acts when the applicant has obtained the passing score which is considerably equivalent to the exams in Wisconsin.
As for the exams, all foreign applicants must take all Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) examinations.
All of them must get ACGME, RCPSC, and AOA accreditations.
Foreign applicants must take USMLE within 10 years, as well. For certain applicants there is an oral examination and online open book examination on Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Code. They all must also complete 12 months of approved postgraduate training. And the last thing; they must provide Social Security number (SSN).
The initial application form of the licensure includes the personal and professional information of the applicants.
And, finally, it is the last sixth page. On this page, you should just affirm that everything you have mentioned completely corresponds to the reality.
All applicants get the response of the application within 8-12 weeks.
The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board divides the process into several parts. At first, they receive the application of the applicant. Generally, it takes one day to open the application and to check it. Then, they transfer it to the Fiscal Department for processing.
After this process, a specialist examines the data of the applicant and enters it into the database. Within three to six weeks the applicant will get an email. It will contain the application ID number. If the applicant sees any missing details in the application, he or she can submit extra documents and email them within several hours.
It will take from the specialists up to six weeks to review conviction and malpractice. And, if they find any, the data of the applicant will be stalled for further consideration. Sometimes, the board may offer a face-to-face appointment, but it can be only in rare circumstances.
After this long-lasting process, the applicants will get a “yes” or “no” email in their inbox. Mostly, they receive an approval or rejection within 2-4 weeks.
Before you start applying for a Wisconsin medical license, keep in mind that you will probably spend more than $500 in total.
The initial application fee costs $75. USMLE transcript fee costs $70. If you need to take an oral exam, you have to pay $266 for that. The fee for the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) is $375. Yet, it is not a must. It is an optional and quite costly luxury. And, there is a payment for Uniform Application, which costs $60. This one is also optional.
Wisconsin Medical Examining Board
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8935 Madison, WI 53708- 8935
Street Address: 1400 E Washington Ave. Madison, WI 53703