Requirements for Licensure
1) Complete education
requirements. Graduation from a medical
or osteopathic college approved by the Board, per Wis. Admin Code
2) Take and pass required examinations.
3) Completion of 24 months post-graduate
ACGME approved training.
4) Complete Application to Practice Medicine and Surgery and
all other requirements listed on the application.
Board review of application (if applicable) for determination to grant
The State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board is pleased to offer the new online application process for medical and osteopathic physicians called the Uniform Application for Physician State Licensure (UA). The UA will benefit physicians by reducing redundancy in filling out multiple applications when applying for licensure in multiple states. Physicians will be able to apply to multiple states by filling out the UA once, then directing it to additional states. Once completed, the UA can be imported to your state of Wisconsin license application, leaving only the state-specific instructions and addendums of the application to be completed. Visit the Federation of State Medical Boards’ website for further information.
6) In order to prescribe
controlled substances, a Physician must obtain a DEA number. Please contact the DEA
for further information on obtaining a DEA number.
Administrative Physician License
This license is designed for an applicant whose primary responsibilities are those of an administrative or academic nature.
The holder of an Administrative
Physician license may not examine, care for, or treat patients. An Administrative Physician license does not
include the authority to prescribe drugs or controlled substances, delegate
medical acts, issue opinions regarding medical necessity or conduct clinical
trials on humans.
Applicants for an Administrative
Physician license must also meet the same qualifications for licensure as
applicants applying under Wis. Stat. 448.05 (2)(a) or (b).
The Resident Educational License (REL)
This license is designed for applicants who have been accepted into a post-graduate training program in a facility in this state approved by the Board under the provisions of Wis. Admin. Code Med 1.02(3), and accredited by the ACGME or AOA. The REL is required for the entire duration of your training or until a permanent license to practice medicine and surgery is granted.
of a REL may, under the direction of a person licensed to practice medicine and
surgery in this state, perform services requisite to the post-graduate training
program in which the licensee is serving. Acting under such direction, the Resident Educational
licensee shall also have the right to prescribe drugs and controlled substances,
and to sign any certificates, reports or other papers for the use of public
authorities which are required of or permitted to persons licensed to practice
medicine and surgery.
The Resident Educational licensee shall confine training and entire practice to
the post-graduate training program in
which the resident educational licensee is taking their training.
Educational License to practice medicine and surgery is valid for one (1) year
and may be renewed for additional one-year term as long as the license holder
is enrolled in their post-graduate training program.
Visiting Physician License
license is designed for a graduate of a medical school or an osteopathic
college that is approved by the Board and who is invited to serve on the
academic staff of a medical school in this state as a Visiting Physician
of a Visiting Physician license may practice medicine and surgery as defined in
Wis. State Stat. 448.01 (9), providing such practice is entirely limited to the
medical education facility, medical research facility, or the medical college
where the license holder is teaching, researching or practicing medicine and
surgery and only within the terms and restrictions established by the Board.
Physician license is valid for one (1) year from the date of issuance and
remains valid only while the holder is actively engaged in teaching,
researching or practicing medicine and surgery and is lawfully entitled to work
in the United States. The license may be
renewed at the discretion of the Board.
Camp Physician or Locum Tenens License
license is designed for an applicant who holds a valid license to practice
medicine and surgery issued by another licensing jurisdiction of the United
States or Canada whose services have been requested by a Physician licensed to
practice medicine and surgery in this state or by a Camp Organization or other Recreational
Facility of this state.
of a Camp Physician or Locum Tenens license may engage in the practice of
medicine and surgery providing such practice is confined to the Camp or Recreational
Facility, or geographical area for which the license is issued. The Locum Tenens
license allows the applicant to temporarily maintain the practice of another Physician
including providing emergency room services normally provided by the other Physician.
A Camp Physician or Locum Tenens license
shall expire 90 days from the date of its issuance and may be renewed for
additional periods of 90 days each, but no such license may be renewed more
than three (3) consecutive times.
Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
Submit fingerprints in order for the Department to conduct a background check.
Schedule an appointment with Fieldprint, the Department's approved vendor, at: http://FieldprintWisconsin.com
Use the Fieldprint code "FPWIPhysician" when prompted. The cost for digital fingerprints will be $34.75 and is expected at the time of reservation.
If you live outside Wisconsin you may electronically submit fingerprints at any Fieldprint site near you. You must use the Fieldprint code "FPWIPhysician" when prompted.