Which States are the Fastest?
Through our experience in licensing thousands of physicians we have compiled a short article on which States have the fastest process in the Nation. These States should be considered in the Hall of Fame for Efficiency, Expediency, and Customer Service.
# 1 - Colorado Medical Board
The Colorado Medical Board is the fastest medical board in the USA. We typically see licenses issued between 30-60 days for physicians who qualify for the reciprocial process with no negatives.
#2 - Rhode Island Medical Board
The Rhode Island Medical Board requires FCVS, License Verifications, the NPDB-HIPDB Report, and 3 physician references. However, the Rhode Island Medical Board will issue a license even if FCVS hasn't been received. We have seen licenses in Rhode Island issued in under 60 days on a consistent basis.
#3 - Ohio Medical Board
Ohio is a rather recent Board that has opened up their process to an Reciprocal / Expedited process. If you have practiced for 5+ years, are Board Certified with an AOA or ABMS Board, have no negatives, and two or less malpractice claims under certain thresholds/qualifiers, then you can qualify for the Ohio Expedited process. It is not uncommon to see licenses issued in 30-45 days if the criminal background check clears in that time frame.
# 4 - Michigan Medical Board
The Michigan Medical Board is the one of three States with True Reciprocity. If a Physician has held an active License in the USA for at least 10 years, then the only verifications which are required are State License Certifications. Most licenses with Michigan are issued within 1 1/2 months to 3 months. If a Physician hasn't held a license for 10 years then the Physician's Medical School, State Licenses, and Board Scores have to be sent to the Indiana.
# 5 - New York Medical Board
For Domestic Graduates, New York is one of the fastest States in the USA. Why? New York does not verify Employment, Privileges, Malpractice, or Medical Licenses. Because we only have to verify the physician's Med School, Training Hospitals, and Exam Scores. The process typically is complete and NY Med Licenses are issued between 1 1/2 to 3 months. The internal mail system with New York runs between 2-4 weeks. International Graduates can have a much longer licensure time frame due to the mandated FCVS Requirement for IMG's.