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Physician

Description:

A physician is a licensed health care professional who diagnoses, treats, operates, or prescribes for any human disease, pain, injury, deformity, or physical condition.

Licensing Requirements:

Any use of the title "Physician" or practice of medicine within New York State requires licensure. (However, under specified limitations defined in Section 6526 of New York State Education Law, you may be exempt from licensure.)

To be licensed as a physician in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character;
  • be at least 21 years of age; and
  • meet education, examination and experience requirements.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 131, Section 6524 of New York's Education Law and Part 60 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

Education Requirements:

To satisfy the education requirements for licensure as a physician, you must present evidence of both A and B below.

  1. Preprofessional Education
    • Satisfactory completion of 60 semester hours of college study from a New York State registered program or the equivalent as determined by the New York State Education Department.
  2. Professional Education
    1. Graduates of Registered or Accredited Medical Programs
    2. Graduates of Non-accredited Medical Programs

 

Clinical Clerkships

Your professional education must include supervised clinical clerkships (clinical rotations) as an integral part of the clinical component of your medical education program, that take place in a general hospital or another acceptable health care facility. Clinical clerkships must be performed in accordance with the laws and regulations of the jurisdiction in which they take place.

Child Abuse Identification Reporting

In addition to the professional education requirement, every applicant for licensure as a physician or limited permit to practice medicine must complete coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse in accordance with Section 6507(3)(a) of the Education Law.

Infection Control and Barrier Precautions

Every applicant for licensure as a physician or limited permit to practice medicine must complete approved coursework or training appropriate to the professional's practice in infection control and barrier precautions, including engineering and work practice controls, to prevent the transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the hepatitis B virus (HBV) in the course of professional practice.

Proof of Education

IMPORTANT NOTE: Effective December 1, 2002, all graduates of medical education programs that are not LCME or AOA accredited or registered by New York State will be required to use the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS).

To ensure authenticity of credentials, the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions requires that your qualifications for licensure be verified independently.

In the profession of Medicine, the New York State Education Department recognizes the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) as an approved credentials verification organization.

Most physicians will benefit greatly throughout their career by having their credentials permanently stored and easily accessible. The direct verification procedures meet New York's standards and provide for transmission of credentials to other states for licensure purposes in future years. However, FCVS services may not serve the needs of all applicants. If you are not required to use FCVS and you are applying for a limited permit, we suggest you contact FCVS before deciding to use its services. With these two groups, establishing a Profile with FCVS may not meet short-term needs but may still be a long-term option for your impending career in medicine. Therefore, applicants who are not required to use FCVS should discuss with FCVS the appropriateness of using its services based upon their individual situation.

In addition, in certain circumstances where direct verification of credentials cannot be accomplished, despite diligent efforts by FCVS, it will be necessary for the applicant to work with the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions to obtain satisfactory independent verification of education.

The Office of the Professions accepts Physician Information Profiles compiled by FCVS. Contact FCVS at 888-ASK-FCVS (or outside the U.S. at 1-817- 868-5000) for additional information regarding the service and its fees. If you choose to use FCVS, you must still apply for licensure in New York State by submitting the Application for Licensure (Form 1), licensure fee of $735, and certain other documentation.

Graduates of programs not registered as licensure qualifying by New York State or accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

You must have your educational credentials verified by an independent credentials verification organization acceptable to the Department. In the profession of medicine that is the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS).

To obtain an application and instructions to complete the FCVS process, contact FCVS. The FCVS credentials verification process is a process for verifying the authenticity of your educational credentials. It is not an evaluation process. The FCVS process does not indicate approval by the New York State Education Department of the content of your education. After your educational credentials are independently obtained by FCVS they will be evaluated by the New York State Education Department and you will be advised in writing of the results.

Experience Requirements:

Postgraduate Training Requirements

  1. Graduates of Registered or Accredited Medical Programs
    • If you graduated from a NYS- registered or LCME- or AOA-accredited medical program, you must complete at least one year of postgraduate hospital training in an accredited residency program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the American Osteopathic Association, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
  2. Graduates of Non-accredited Medical Programs
    • If you did not graduate from a NYS-registered or LCME- or AOA-accredited medical program, you must complete at least three years of postgraduate hospital training in an accredited residency program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the American Osteopathic Association, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. For more information, contact the Medicine Unit at opunit2@nysed.gov or (518) 474-3817 ext. 260, or by fax at (518) 402-2323.

Examination Requirements:

The current examinations required for licensure as a physician in New York State are either:

  • Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) OR
  • Part I, Part II, and Part III of the examinations of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME)

If you have already completed one of the combinations of examinations shown below prior to January 1, 2000, with scores acceptable to New York State, you can satisfy the examination requirement for licensure in this State by having the appropriate testing body send your scores directly to the Office of the Professions.

Acceptable Examination Combinations
FLEX NBME USMLE
Option A Parts I, II, and III
Option B Components I and II
Option C Parts I, II, and III
Additional
Exam
Combination
Options
Parts I, II, and Step 3
Parts I and III and Step 2
Part I and Steps 2 and 3
Parts II and III and Step 1
Part II and Steps 1 and 3
Part III and Steps 1 and 2
Component II and Part II and Step 1
Component II and Part I and Steps 2
Component II and Steps 1 and 2
Component II and Parts I and II
Component I and Step 3
  • Please Note: Some state-constructed medical licensing examinations taken before January 1, 1972 may be accepted for licensure by endorsement in New York State. For further information, contact the Medicine Unit at (518) 474-3817 ext. 260 or by e-mail at opunit2@nysed.gov.

Fees (as of November 3, 2016)

The fee for licensure is $735.
The fee for a limited permit is $105.

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2014, there were 4,644 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 4,575 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2016, there were 95,853 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Medicine Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
518-474-3817, ext. 260 (voice)
518-402-2323 (fax)
opunit3@mail.nysed.gov

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1061 to 29-1069 - Various Physicians to All Other Physicians
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Medical Association
AMA Plaza
330 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611-5885
Phone: (800) 621-8335

Disclaimer:

Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/21/16.

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