Pennsylvania Medical License

Pennsylvania Board of Medicine

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Contact information

Address: 302 North Office Building, 401 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: (717) 787-6458
Fax: (717) 787-1734

Things you need to know

  • The Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine charges a non-refundable application processing fee of $35 for American medical graduates and a fee of $85 for international medical graduates.
  • The application process term is four to five months.

License requirements

  • SPEX/COMVEX Requirement: For MDs and DOs: Required to restore license after disciplinary action or if not practicing for several years. May be ordered by board to assess current competence.
  • USMLE Attempt Limit: No attempt limit for Steps I and II. No more than three attempts at Step III. (board may grant waiver).
  • USMLE Time Limit: Seven year limit (board requires explanation and waiver request if beyond seven years).
  • PGT (US/Canada Medical Graduate): for MDs: Two years (one year if GME in U.S. before July 1987), for DOs: One year AOA approved rotating internship.
  • PGT (International Medical Graduate): Three years (one year if GME taken in U.S. before July 1987).

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State description

Pennsylvania is a state in the northeastern United States. Its area is 117,400 square meters. km, it is home to 12.6 million people (this is the 6th place in the United States in terms of population). It was formed on December 12, 1787, becoming the second US state.

The capital of Pennsylvania is Harrisburg, located in the southeast of the state. The largest city in the state and the fifth largest in the United States, Philadelphia, is located 170 km west of it. Pennsylvania’s second largest city is located in the east of the state – Pittsburgh. Perhaps Pittsburgh would not have become such a large city if mineral deposits had not been found in the vicinity of the city. Today it is not only a major center for their production, but also a developing industrial city. Thanks to the coal deposits, Pennsylvania is also called the coal state.