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Physician - License Information

Requirements for Licensure

  

1) Complete education requirements.  Graduation from a medical or osteopathic college approved by the Board, per Wis. Admin Code Med 1.02(2).

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.

5) Board review of application (if applicable) for determination to grant credential.

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.

The holder 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. 

A Resident 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

This 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

The holder 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.

A Visiting 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 

This 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.

The holder 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.

Application Process