Physician- MD, DO

MD, DO Applications

Eligibility


  • Good moral character

  • Completion of preliminary education

  • Completion of medical education and training

  • Passage of an acceptable medical licensure examination sequence

  • Recent clinical practice

 

Criminal Records Check


All applicants for licensure are required to complete an FBI and Ohio BCI criminal records check.  Criminal Record Check fees are $24.00 (FBI) and $22.00 (Ohio BCI) plus vendor processing fees.

  • In-state applicants: You must use the services of a vendor that participates in the "National WebCheck". Click here for a list of vendors. The sheriff's offices in most of Ohio's 88 counties also participate in the "National WebCheck." Please allow at least two to four weeks for the Board to receive and process in-state background checks.

  • Out-of-state applicants: Request a fingerprint packet by emailing med.license@med.ohio.gov. Please allow at least six to eight weeks for the Board to receive and process out-of-state background checks.

Please Note: Request that the results be sent directly to the State Medical Board of Ohio. The Medical Board will not accept results from the applicant or a third party.

 

Preliminary Education Requirements


Applicants are required to demonstrate completion of preliminary education which shall include two years of undergraduate work in a college of arts and sciences and a high school diploma, or the equivalent of such education as determined by the board. Preliminary education can be demonstrated by: 

  • Production of a diploma from a medical or osteopathic medical school that, at the time the diploma was issued, was a medical school accredited by the LCME or an osteopathic medical school accredited by the AOA constitutes prima facie evidence that the individual has completed the requisite preliminary education

  • Production of an ECFMG certificate constitutes prima facie evidence that the individual has completed the requisite preliminary education

  • Completion of sixty semester hours or its equivalent shall be considered two years of under-graduate work

 

Medical Education and Training Requirements


US/Canadian Medical Graduates: Graduates of medical schools located in the U.S. or Canada and accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) must successfully complete one year of graduate medical education (GME), or its equivalent as determined by the Board.

Foreign Medical Graduates: Graduates of foreign medical schools must successfully complete not less than two years of GME through the second-year level of training or have completed a Fifth Pathway program plus 1 year of GME, or its equivalent as determined by the Board and hold a valid ECFMG certificate unless they have completed a Fifth Pathway program. In addition, graduates of all other medical schools must demonstrate proficiency in Spoken English by at least one of the following:

  • Passage of the Clinical Skills Assessment examination given by ECFMG on or after 7/1/98;

  • Fulfillment of preliminary education requirements (i.e., completion of two years of undergraduate college work) in the U.S;

  • Possession of a current medical license (including temporary licenses, training certificates, etc.) in the U.S. pursuant to which the holder has actively practiced medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery, including accredited graduate medical education training, for the last five years (must have been actively practicing medicine in the U.S. for at least nine full months during each of the five years) immediately preceding the date of the application;

  • A score of at least 26 in Speaking and 26 in Listening with a total score of 90 on the TOEFL iBT offered by the Educational Testing Service, regardless of citizenship or country of birth. Prior to July 2006, the Test of Spoken English was required with a minimum score of 40 (between 7/95-7/06) or 230 (prior to 7/95); or

  • Completion of a Fifth Pathway program.

Please be advised that the TOEFL, TWE and ECFMG’s English language proficiency test (taken prior to 7/1/98) are tests of English comprehension, not proficiency in spoken English, and thus do not fulfill the TOEFL iBT requirement. To apply for the TOEFL iBT contact the Educational Testing Service directly.

 

Acceptable Medical Licensure Examination Sequences


  • USMLE/COMLEX-USA: An applicant shall have passed the USMLE or COMLEX-USA within a ten-year period, and achieved a recognized passing performance on each step or level. No applicant shall have failed any step or level more than five times.  

  • The board may grant a good cause waiver to any applicant that does not meet the requirements of the paragraph above, if the applicant meets the following:

    • Holds current specialty board certification from the American board of medical specialties or the American osteopathic association; or 

    • Demonstrates good cause, as determined by the board, for not having passed all three steps or levels within the ten year period, and otherwise meets the requirements set forth in paragraph (a) above. *Note: USMLE steps and COMLEX-USA levels cannot be combined to fulfill an acceptable testing sequence.

  • One of the following examination sequences, with all steps, parts, levels or components having been administered prior to January 2000. The score achieved on each step, part, level or component must have equaled or exceeded the figure established by the USMLE program, the national board of medical examiners, the national board of osteopathic medical examiners or the federation as a passing score for that step, part, level or component, respectively.

    • Part I of the national board of medical examiners examination or step 1 of the USMLE, part II of the national board of medical examiners examination or step 2 of the USMLE, and part III of the national board of medical examiners examination or step 3 of the USMLE or component 2 of the FLEX; or

    • Part I of the national board of osteopathic medical examiners examination or level 1 of the COMLEX-USA, part II of the national board of osteopathic medical examiners examination or level 2 of the COMLEX-USA, and part III of the national board of osteopathic medical examiners examination or level 3 of the COMLEX-USA.

  • Component 1 of the FLEX and step 3 of the USMLE. The component and step must have been administered prior to January 2000. A performance of seventy-five or above must have been achieved on component 1. The performance achieved on step 3 must have been recognized by the USMLE program as a recommended passing performance.

  • Component 1 and 2 of the FLEX. Both components must have been administered prior to January 2000. The score achieved on each component must have equaled or exceeded the figure established by the FLEX program as a passing score for that component.

  • Endorsement of Diplomate or Licentiate Status – If other eligibility requirements are met, diplomate status with the National Board of Medical Examiners or the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, or licentiate status with the Medical Council of Canada, may be directly endorsable to Ohio, without further examination requirements.

 

Other Acceptable Examinations


  • A written state medical board of the United States licensing examination other than the FLEX, USMLE or COMLEX-USA administered prior to June 1982 without previous or subsequent FLEX, USMLE or COMLEX-USA failure

  • A single three-day FLEX administered prior to June 1985. The FLEX weighted average must be 75 or above for the entire examination as reported by the Federation of State Medical Boards, or must be 72 or above if the examination was taken during the first two years of a state’s administration of the FLEX and such score was accepted by that state as a passing score

  • A written examination provided by the "National Board of Examiners for Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons” for the administering state.

 

Recent Clinical Practice


All applicants are required to demonstrate recent clinical activity in the two years immediately preceding application. The State Medical Board of Ohio may require additional training or examination, or both, of any applicant who for more than two years immediately preceding the date of application has not been engaged in the clinical practice of medicine or osteopathic medicine as an active practitioner.

 

Application and Required Documents


Please print and mail the application and fee of $335 to the State Medical Board of Ohio, 30 East Broad Street, 3rd Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215.  Checks made payable to: Treasurer, State of Ohio.  Applicants are required to submit:

  • FCVS Physician Profile

  • FBI and Ohio BCI Background Checks

  • Ohio Physician Application (below)

  • AMA or AOA Physician Profile

  • TOEFL iBT Score Report (if applicable)

  • Employer Recommendation(s)

  • License Verification(s)

Download Ohio Physician Licensure Application - Instructions & Checklist

Download Ohio Physician Licensure Application

FSMB License Verification Contact Information by State

 

License Restoration


An individual should apply for a restoration application if their application has been inactive for two years or more.  A certificate may be restored upon an applicant's submission of a restoration application, the biennial registration fee ($305), applicable monetary penalty ($200), and submission of criminal background checks.  Please note:  The Board may require additional training or examination, or both, of any applicant who for the two years or more immediately preceding the date of application has not been engaged in clinical practice. Request a restoration application by emailing med.license@med.ohio.gov.

 

Telemedicine Certificate


Section 4731.296 of the Ohio Revised Code defines “telemedicine” as “the practice of medicine in this state through the use of any communication, including oral, written, or electronic communication by a physician outside this state.” Telemedicine and teleradiology are both considered the practice of medicine pursuant to Section 4731.34 of the Ohio Revised Code. A person who wishes to practice telemedicine in Ohio must have an Ohio license.

The requirements are essentially the same as if applying for full licensure, with a few exceptions. To be eligible for a telemedicine certificate, the applicant must hold a current,unrestricted license to practice medicine or osteopathic medicine and surgery issued by another state that requires license holders to complete at least fifty hours of continuing medical education every two years. In addition, the applicant’s principle place of practice is located in that state. Please refer to Section 4731.296 of the Ohio Revised Code for all the specific requirements of the telemedicine certificate.

It should be noted that a holder of a telemedicine certificate may not practice medicine in person in the state of Ohio without either obtaining a special activity certificate under Section 4731.294 of the Ohio Revised Code, or converting the telemedicine certificate to a full certificate issued under Section 4731.29 of the Ohio Revised Code.

A telemedicine certificate may be converted to a full certificate upon receipt of a written request from the certificate holder. Once the telemedicine certificate is converted, the holder is subject to all requirements and privileges attendant to a full certificate, including continuing education requirements.

 

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