A physician is a licensed health care professional who diagnoses, treats, operates, or prescribes for any human disease, pain, injury, deformity, or physical condition.
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:
To satisfy the education requirements for licensure as a physician, you must present evidence of both A and B below.
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.
Postgraduate Training Requirements
The current examinations required for licensure as a physician in New York State are either:
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.
|Option A||Parts I, II, and III|
|Option B||Components I and II|
|Option C||Parts I, II, and III|
|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|
The fee for licensure is $735.
The fee for a limited permit is $105.
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.
New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
518-474-3817, ext. 260 (voice)
29-1061 to 29-1069 - Various Physicians to All Other Physicians
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American Medical Association
330 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611-5885
Phone: (800) 621-8335
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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