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State Board of Medicine Navigator

The purpose of the State Board of Medicine Guide is to provide transparency, inform applicants of expected timelines for receiving your license, and outline steps you can take to reduce mistakes and mitigate delays. To provide the greatest clarity on the licensing process from start to finish, we will break it down into three phases, providing estimated times for each stage of the process, and recommendations for how to reduce processing times.


Medical Physician and Surgeon

There are two primary ways to obtain licensure as a Medical Physician and Surgeon:

  • Accredited - Applicants who have graduated from a school located within the United States and Canada will apply using the obtained by "accredited application."  
  • Unaccredited - Applicants who have graduated from an international medical school located outside of the United States and Canada will apply using the obtained by "unaccredited application."

A Medical Physician and Surgeon (MD): 

  • Passed a licensing examination acceptable to the Board.
  • Graduated from an accredited medical college or from an ECFMG certified unaccredited medical college.
  • Successfully completed graduate medical training.
  • Practices the art and science of:
    • Curing diseases
    • Preserving the health of man
    • Healing arts, with or without drugs. 

Medical Physician and Surgeon - Accredited Application

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Medical Physician and Surgeon - Unaccredited Application

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Renewal of Existing Medical Physician Licenses

On average, renewal licenses for Medical Physicians are issued within three calendar days.

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Process Overview

How to Apply for a Professional License.

 

What Happens to My Application?

 

  1. Sign in or create account at www.pals.pa.gov

  2. Select the State Board of Medicine to apply and plain-language questions will appear to help you get started

  3. Application appears – review checklist, upload required documents, follow prompts

  4. Review all information and edit as needed

  5. Pay the required fee and your application is submitted

  6. Keep an eye on your email or get real-time updates at www.pals.pa.gov