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Understanding Licensure and Certification Requirements

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In order to practice clinical medicine in the United States, physicians must obtain medical licensure. They may also seek an optional board certification. Board-certified physicians complete specialty examinations beyond the minimum state licensure requirements. Both medical licensure and board certification have specific graduate and undergraduate medical education and training requirements.

What you´ll learn
  • Basic requirements needed for medical licensure and initial board certification
  • Additional information on the medical licensure process
  • Additional requirements for board certification and maintenance of certification (MOC)
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