Texas Physician Medical License

 

How to Get a Texas Physician Medical License in 6 “Simple” Steps!

Are you considering applying for a Texas Physician License?

The Texas Medical Board has one of the most difficult State Medical License processes in the USA. It is a paradox though because the verification work load is light in comparison to many other Medical Boards. What the Texas Medical Board lacks in primary source verification requirements, it makes up for in complex Bureaucracy. With the State of Texas Medical Boards, there are two separate processes which have to be cleared in order to receive your Texas Physicians License.

The first step to geting your Texas Physicians license is called the CIC-Screen process. Once an application is submitted to the Texas Medical Board, the verifying sources are then requested, pursued, and delivered to the Texas Medical Board. After receiving the required verifications, the application is then forwarded to the Licensure Department of the Texas Medical Board. Once the Licensure Department receives the application from CIC-Screen, the “Licensure Investigator” reviews the application and Applications.

Understanding and ensuring you meet your boards’ eligibility requirements prior to completing the application will save you hours time, hundreds of dollars and the possibility that you will be required to make an appearance in front of the Board.

1

Education Requirements

1. School of Education

  • Graduation from a U.S. or Canadian medical school OR
  • Graduation from a medical school or college located outside the United States or Canada

AND

  • Specialty board certification by an ABMS or BOS board, OR
  • School is on the substantial equivalence list, OR
  • Z-Pack (forms Z1-Z7) submitted and approved for licensure

2. Medical Education (Clerkships) Performed in the US **Applies to foreign med school graduates only

  • Performed while enrolled as a student at an LCME or AOA accredited medical school, OR
  • Performed in a hospital or teaching institution with an ACGME or AOA approved residency program in the same specialty or subspecialty as the clerkship, OR
  • Specialty board certification by an ABMS or BOS board

3. Postgraduate Training

  • Graduation from a U.S. or Canadian medical school
  • Graduation from a medical school or college located outside the United States or Canada AND
  • Specialty board certification by an ABMS or BOS board, or
    school is on the substantial equivalence list, or
    Z-Pack (forms Z1-Z7) submitted and approved for licensure
2

Examinations

4. Attempt Limits

Passage of each part of the examination within 3 attempts, OR

If you

  • Have been licensed in good standing in another state for at least 5 years, OR
  • Held a Texas PIT permit on 9/1/05,

THEN

  • A 4th attempt allowed on one part only.

IF YOU ALSO

  • Are specialty board certified by an ABMS or BOS board, AND
  • You complete, in Texas, an additional 2 years of residency training.

5. Time Frame for Passage of All Licensing Examination Steps

7 years, OR

10 years if you:

  • Are specialty board certified by an ABMS or BOS board, OR
  • Have practiced under a Texas FTL for 1 year

OR

2 years after completion of required postgraduate training (1 year for US/Canadian graduates and 2 years for IMGs), if:

  • You graduated from a combined MD/PhD or DO/PhD program, OR

OR

10 years after completion of the required postgraduate training if:

  • You graduated from a combined MD/PhD or DO/PhD program, AND
  • Are specialty board certified by an ABMS or BOS board, OR
  • Have practiced under a Texas FTL for 1 year.
3

Credential Verification Requests

As part of the Texas Physician Medical License process, the Board will require a number of your credentials be verified. All of the verification’s will need to be sent from the credential holders directly to the Texas Medical Board.

Verifications required

  • Medical School Verification Form*
  • Postgraduate Training Verification Form*
  • Verification of ALL medical licenses ever held
  • Exam Scores*
  • ECFMG*, if applicable
  • 5th pathway verification letter, if applicable

*If you are having your FCVS packet sent to the Board, you will not need to request these

You may send copies of the following directly to the Board –

  • NPDB
  • DD-214 or NGB-22, if applicable

A couple of days after you request your medical school and training verifications, you should call and confirm receipt of your request. Make sure to ask about turn around time for completion and then follow up again to confirm the verifications were completed and forwarded to the Board.

4

Criminal Background Check

Make this priority!
The results take 6-8 weeks for the Board to receive, often making this the last thing the Board needs to issue your license. Texas will not issue your medical license before they receive the results of your criminal background check.

If you Reside withing the state of Texas

If you are in Texas, or reside out of state but can schedule a time to be in Texas, you may make an appointment for a live scan (a process that captures fingerprints without the use of ink), at locations throughout the state of Texas.

  1. Schedule an appointment to be electronically fingerprinted by MorphoTrust USA at one of their IdentoGo enrollment centers. You may begin the process now by simply clicking on this link.
  2. Arrive at your scheduled appointment with your photo identification and fee.
  3. Your fingerprints will be submitted electronically to DPS and the FBI. You will not receive a printed fingerprint card.
  4. At the conclusion of your appointment, the MorphoTrust enrollment agent will provide you with an IdentoGo receipt stating that you were fingerprinted.

Hard Copy Fingerprinting – If you reside outside the state of Texas

If you reside outside of Texas and cannot schedule an appointment in Texas for a Live Scan, you must be fingerprinted in ink on a card (only cards provided by the Texas Medical Board are acceptable) at a local law enforcement agency, and must then submit the card directly to MorphoTrust USA to be digitally scanned and processed.

  1. Request a fingerprint card by contacting the Texas Medical Board at [email protected] if you are an applicant.
  2. Pre-enroll with MorphoTrust USA to submit fingerprint cards.
  3. Obtain a copy of your fingerprints by a criminal law enforcement agency on an original FBI APPLICANT fingerprint card. ALL requested information must be provided on the fingerprint card and you and the official taking the fingerprints must sign the card. ONLY CARDS PROVIDED BY THE TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD ARE ACCEPTABLE.
  4. All fingerprints MUST be captured by a law enforcement agency.
  5. Once you have obtained your fingerprint cards, follow the mail-in directions found on the MorphoTrust. Pre-Enrollment Confirmation Page that you previously printed and completed.
  6. Wait for a receipt from MorphoTrust USA.

Avoid rejections and reprints
If you submit fingerprints that are not “clean”, the processor will have a difficult time analyzing your prints. This could lead to reprints and the delay of your results. One of the most common reasons for “dirty” fingerprints is dry hands. Use a moisturizing hand lotion a couple of days before you are printed to minimize rejection.

DO NOT fingerprint yourself. Yes, there have been those who have tried, but these fingerprints are ALWAYS rejected.

5

Malpractice Actions

The Texas Medical Board will require reporting of malpractice actions if –

  1. There was a judgment issued in a court where the incident of malpractice occurred after November 2, 2004, or
  2. There was a malpractice incident that results in a payment of over $100,000

For each case that meets the above criteria, the Board will require you to submit –

  • A written explanation of the details around each case, including your involvement, the complaint, and the resolution.
  • Form S.
  • Copies of the initial plaintiff complaint and, either the judgment or settlement order
  • Any additional documentation you would like to submit

Numerous malpractice payments might require an appearance before the Board. Generally, malpractice actions are of little consequence IF FULLY DISCLOSED AND DOCUMENTED UPFRONT.

6

Address Deficiencies Quickly

About one month after you submit the application, you should receive either an email or letter from the processor of your Texas Physician Medical License application. This letter will detail deficiencies that need to be satisfied before your license is issued. This letter will also contain information you will need to check the status of deficiencies through the Board’s online portal.

Many times verification’s are completed incorrectly or are not sent to the Board, making it likely that you will need to follow up with the credential holders again. Consistent follow up with the credential holders, and with the Board, is the single most important step for the issuance of you Texas Physician Medical Licenses.

The Texas Medical Board has one of the most difficult State Medical License processes in the USA. Following these 6 steps can make your Texas Physician Medical License process run smoothy!

CONCLUSION

The Texas Physician Medical License process is known to be lengthy and difficult.  Expect to spend numerous hours preparing the application, making the verification requests, following up with your credential holders, and addressing deficiencies on your notices from the Texas Physician Medical Board, but…

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Are you considering applying for a Texas Physician License or have you already applied? What is your experience?  Do you have questions? Leave them below and we’ll help!

 

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