The process of obtaining a medical license—either initial licensure or a second or subsequent license in another state—can be a challenging process. To help physicians navigate the licensure process and to provide up-to-date information on licensure requirements across all US states and jurisdictions, the AMA publishes annually State Medical Licensure Requirements and Statistics.
This reference includes data tables on required examinations, training, education (both graduate medical education and continuing medical education), and fees. Data are broken out for US medical school graduates as well as for international medical graduates (IMGs). Also included are data on the numbers of initial and subsequent licenses awarded by state as well as information on key organizations involved in the licensure process, such as the Federation of State Medical Boards, National Board of Medical Examiners, and Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.