Licensed to Speed: How to Ensure a Smooth Medical Licensure Process
Obtaining an unrestricted state medical license is the most important step in starting out as a locums physician. The process can be frustrating and time-consuming. Depending on the state, the medical licensure process can take anywhere from six weeks to six months. Although there is no guaranteed way per se to expedite the process, there are several steps you can take to help speed up the process.
1. Be organized. When applying for a state medical license, you will be required to complete an application and to submit documents. These documents can include your medical degree, residency and fellowship certificates, board certification letters, state medical licenses, CV, DEA number, CME, procedure logs, vaccination records, birth certificate, and driver’s license, among other things. The best thing to do is to have all this documentation in one easily accessible place. You can store this information in a file and save it on your computer hard drive, jump drive, and/or in a cloud-based storage system. Whenever you obtain new documentation, immediately scan it and save it to your file so you have access to it.
2. Enroll in FCVS. FCVS stands for the Federation Credentials Verification Service. This is a service provided by the Federation of State Medical Boards to store credentials—and can be used for licensure application with various state medical boards.
3. See if you qualify for the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact is an expedited voluntary licensure process for physicians who wish to practice in multiple states. There are certain criteria that must be met to qualify. These include primary residence in a member state, graduation from an approved medical school, completion of a residency, and board certification.
For those considering locums, know that your locums company can obtain all the licenses and credentialing you need to start your locums assignment. That’s why it is imperative you choose a company with a strong credentialing department like the experts at Floyd Lee Locums.
Floyd Lee Locums is a concierge locums company whose staff is committed to ensuring the locums experience is a great one. With a dedicated team of credentialing experts, Floyd Lee Locums will ensure that the licensure and credentialing process runs smoothly. Contact them today at 843.900.4185 or www.floydleelocums.com.
Contributed by: Dr. Stephanie E. Freeman.
Stephanie E. Freeman, MD, earned her Medical Degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and her Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Freeman also completed a Geriatrics fellowship at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She obtained her Masters of Business Administration at Auburn University.