The Four Must-Have States for Your Medical License


Getting a medical license is the rate limiting step when obtaining a new job. Therefore, it is imperative that you have multiple active licenses. Here are the four states where every physician must get a medical license:

  1. Your current state. This seems intuitive, but many medical residents and fellows only have training licenses. If you are still in medical training, get an active unrestricted medical license as soon as you can. This will allow you to moonlight if your program allows it. Furthermore, the sooner you get your active unrestricted medical license, the sooner you can get a job as an attending physician.
  2. Your future state. If you are planning to move to another state in the next 1-2 years, get a medical license in that state ASAP. That way, your work in your new state won’t be delayed due to waiting on your medical license.
  3. Your home state. Get a medical license in the state you are from/the state where your parents live. In case you must relocate in order to be closer to your parents, you will be able to find work quickly. Furthermore, having a license in this state will allow you to do locums while home for an extended visit.
  4. Any surrounding states. Get an unrestricted license in any state within a 2-hour driving distance. This allows you to have more opportunities and to find new work quickly without having to travel far way.

The more active medical licenses you have the more work you can get. Consider these licenses as money in the bank.

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