Over the last 20 years the licensing process has
underwent some drastic changes. The process of obtaining a license in any part of the country has become more elaborate because
of today's technology. Technology has allowed fraudulent practitioners to create fake documentation at home, therefore requiring
the state boards to verify all documentation before a license can be issued.
To expedite the licensing process it is
best to follow the 5 steps outlined below or contact a credible medical licensing agency that can expedite the process for
you. They have the knowledge and experience to be sure you have everything necessary submitted quickly.
1. You should
always anticipate delays, especially if you are seeking a license in another state because the board will verify credentials
and past practices.
2. In your initial conversation with the licensing board: request a copy of their requirements
and ask about the time frame for application processing so you know what to expect.
3. Be forthcoming with any prior
or existing suspensions, restrictions or malpractice suits. Failing to be forthcoming with this information can severely slow
the process. False information can result in denial of privileges
4. Once the licensing process is active you can speed
up the process by contacting medical schools, training programs and prior employers to expedite their response to the licensing
board. When calling or writing to expedite the process, "Ask for help". This method is almost always effective.
5. You can also set up a profile with the Federal Credentials Verification Service (FCVS). This can be beneficial
for this licencing but can be even more beneficial if you plan on moving This organization can expedite the process if the
board you are working with uses this service.
"The Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) was established
in 1996 to provide a centralized, uniform process for state medical boards as well as private and governmental entities to
obtain a verified, primary source record of a physician's core medical credentials. This service is designed to lighten the
workload of credentialing staff and reduce duplication of effort by gathering, verifying and permanently storing credentials
in a centralized repository for physicians and physician assistants.
FCVS obtains primary source verification of medical
education, postgraduate training, licensure examination history, board action history and identity. This repository of information
allows an individual to establish a confidential, lifetime professional portfolio that can be forwarded at the individual's
request to any interested party, including, but not limited to: state medical boards, hospitals, managed care plans and professional
societies." (Taken from FCVS web site)
You will need to exercise patience in the licensing process. State licensing
boards and their staff, in most cases, work diligently to protect the public. This requires taking the necessary time to fairly
evaluate each application for licensure. In that same context, all actively practicing physicians should be cognizant of state
laws; they may be providing care or performing acts that might not, until recently, have required them to hold a license.
If time is of the essence, some states offer a temporary licensure. You need to check with the state board individually to
see if this is available.
You should plan for at least a 60-day turn around from the time they submit a completed application
for license and the actual date licensure is granted. Physicians who are graduates of a medical school outside the United
States or have a complicated employment history should anticipate a slightly longer period.
Physicians informed about
the process and working cooperatively with the licensing board need not find licensing an unpleasant experience. Members of
the medical profession should always remember that the business of medical licensing boards is to protect the public from
unqualified and unfit physicians. However, licensing boards also strive to ensure a process that protects the legal rights
and privileges of physicians.
If you choose to get help in this process, there are many reputable licensing agencies
that can expedite this process. Their experience in this industry can greatly expedite the process. They have all the applications
on file, they can determine if you meet that states requirements, complete the application for you, request all supporting
documentation, and will stay in touch with the board and you until your application is processed and license issued for one
or more states. This is an excellent alternative for a physician with little time on their hands.