Massachusetts Medical License

Massachusetts Medical Board

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Contact information

Address: 200 Harvard Mill Square, Suite 330,
Wakefield, MA 01880
Phone: (781) 876-8200
TTY: (781) 876-8395
Consumer Hotline: (800) 377-0550

Things you need to know

  • Application fee is $600.
  • Full License Renewal: $600.00.
  • Lapsed License Renewal: $700.00.
  • Reactivation from Retirement: $700.00.
  • Limited License: $100.00.
  • Temporary License: $250.00.
  • An existing FCVS profile must be updated.
  • Massachusetts medical license application may be downloaded online.

License requirements

Mass board of medicine states the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Possess Good Moral Character.
  • Pre-Medical Education: Completion of two or more academic years at a legally chartered college or university, which must include courses in biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physics, or their equivalent as determined by the Board.
  • Medical Education: Completion of four academic years of instruction, of not less than thirty-two weeks in each academic year, in a legally chartered medical school, and receipt of the degree of doctor of medicine or its equivalents from a school accredited by the LCME or AOA.
  • International medical graduates only: Receipt of a degree of doctor of medicine, or its equivalent from a program determined by the Board to be substantially equivalent to the medical school programs accredited by the LCME/AOA.
  • IMG – Off-Site Clinical Rotations/Substantial Equivalency Waiver: IMG’s who completed more than 3 months of any medical school clinical study off-site of their medical school and without supervision by the medical school faculty must submit a request for a waiver of substantial equivalency of medical education.
  • The Board has determined the medical education received at the following schools is substantial equivalent to that of an LCME/AOA accredited medical school. Graduates of these schools do not need to request a waiver of substantial equivalency: St. George’s University School of Medicine; SABA University; Ross University School of Medicine; The American University of the Caribbean.
  • To be eligible for a waiver of substantial equivalency, an applicant must meet, at a minimum, the following requirements: 1) have held a full license in another state for at least two years. Any time spent in postgraduate training cannot be used towards calculation of this two year requirement; 2) be board certified by ABMS or AOA; and 3) must have passed all Steps of the USMLE or all Levels of the COMLEX within 7 years.
  • Postgraduate Medical Education: U.S. or Canadian medical school graduates: Completion of two (2) years of ACGME, AOA or Canadian accredited postgraduate medical training. International medical school graduates: Completion of three (3) years of ACGME, AOA or Canadian accredited postgraduate medical training.

ECFMG Certificate: International medical graduates only. Possession of an ECFMG certificate which is valid on its face and valid as of the date of licensure.

Examination requirements:

  • USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3 or COMLEX Levels 1, 2 and 3;
  • 7 Year Time Limit: All Steps of the USMLE and all Levels of the COMLEX must be completed within 7 years. The Board may, in certain circumstances, grant a waiver of the 7 year time limit.
  • Step/Level Attempt Limit: Each Step/Level must be passed by the 4th attempt. No waiver is available for applicants that did not pass a Step/Level by the 4th attempt.
  • Step 3/Level 3 Attempt Limit: If an applicant failed Step 3/Level 3 on the 3rd attempt, he/she must complete a year of ACGME/AOA postgraduate training prior to his/her 4th attempt. The Board may, in certain circumstances, grant a waiver of this requirement.
  • FLEX Components 1 and 2;
  • NBME Parts I, II and III;
  • All parts of the MCCQE;
  • A state examination given prior to June 19, 1970.

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State description

Massachusetts and its cities have consistently ranked high in comparison charts and lists of the best places to live in America. A wide variety of indicators testify to the high quality of life in this state. Among the main achievements of Massachusetts, experts specify quality education, a strong social protection and health care system and high rates of economic development.