In case you need to legally practice medicine or work as a physician in North Dakota, a medical license is vital. Usually, such a license is granted by government-approved companies or agencies.
You need to have a medical degree and take an accredited exam to get a license and practice medicine.
North Dakota Board of Medicine issues medical licenses in ND based on exam results, postgraduate studies, and medical practice.
The first step toward getting a medical license is completing a postgraduate study lasting one year if you are a US graduate. For international medical graduates, the postgraduate study specification is three years.
In case the international applicant submits US GME, other professional experience and ABMS Board certification or SPEX the Medical Board preserves the rights of giving a license earlier than planned.
Meeting the state requirements and passing the state exam provided by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates is crucial for obtaining the license. FLEX, NBME, LMCC, USMLE, NBOME, and COMLEX combinations are being accepted by the North Dakota Medical Board as well.
Before submitting your application and passing the exam, you must enter North Dakota’s Board of Medicine and verify your fingerprints. Only after these steps, you are allowed to submit your application. If you are located outside of the United States during the application process will not turn into a problem as online submissions and mailing in applications are available and accepted.
Both international and USA graduates can apply for a license. The only difference is the accreditation. The US medical graduates must provide 1-year ACGME accredited training and international applicants 30 months accredited ACGME training certificate.
In order to get a license in North Dakota, the applicant must have professional background and experience. Thus, the system of getting the license is different based on the above-mentioned factors.
For GME exceptions the applicant should provide SPEX/COMVEX. USMLE gives three attempts for each of the three steps. The deadline for completing all three USMLE steps is seven years (with a few exceptions).
The fee for all types of medical licenses is $205 for permanent and locum tenens licenses. Extra $41.25 is paid for the background check.
The process of getting a license in North Dakota takes several days up to several weeks. The timeline varies based on the time of the year. The whole process is finalized during board meetings which take place every 2-3 weeks. Therefore, the applicants must take this into account while completing their application. The best “deadline” for submitting the license application is four or five weeks in advance.
International applicants need to consider possible delays of up to 60 days as a special investigation of their previous experience and enclosed documents.
Alert: During your application process for obtaining North Dakota Medical License you have to give detailed information. All the given information must be true․ Remember that your personal information and professional background are being thoroughly checked.