The State of Ohio Medical Board (SMBO) recently emailed a survey to Ohio’s licensed MDs and DOs to gauge interest in participating in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (Compact). Please take a moment to review the email and answer the one-question survey if you have not yet done so.
What does the Compact do?
The Compact creates a voluntary, expedited pathway to state licensure for physicians who want to practice medicine in multiple states. Eligible physicians can qualify to practice medicine in multiple states by completing just one application within the Compact, receiving separate licenses from each state in which they intend to practice.
These licenses are still issued by the individual states – just as they would be using the standard licensing process – but because the application for licensure in these states is routed through the Compact, the overall process of gaining a license is streamlined. Physicians are expected to receive their licenses much faster and with fewer burdens. Please note, physicians do not receive a “Compact license” or a nationally recognized medical license through their participation in the Compact.
The Compact sets the qualifications for licensure and outlines the process for physicians to apply and receive licenses outside of their state of principal license. The Compact also establishes and defines the role of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission – the governing body that administers the Compact – and sets limits on what the Commission can do.
Who is eligible to participate in the Compact?
Any physician (MD or DO) from a Compact state who meets the qualifications of the Compact is eligible for licensure in any other Compact state and responsible for obeying all statutory laws and administrative rules of the state. View the full Compact eligibility requirements.
When can I apply to participate in Ohio?
Senate Bill 6 gives the SMBO until Thursday, September 29, to implement the system to begin processing and issuing licenses through this path.