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27 Oct 2010

Physician License Eligibility: Exams

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The 7 Year Rule

Continuing from last week’s discussion on The 10 Year Rule, this week we’ll focus on the 7 year rule.  For obvious reasons, this regulation, adopted by several of the state medical boards, can add further confusion to the already arduous task of researching your next license. Of course you can call us at any time for a free eligibility check at 888-551-2140.
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Simply put, the 7 year rule is the period of time in which all three steps of the USMLE must be passed in order to qualify for the license, generally starting from the time you sit for Step 1.  This can easily be mistaken for a medical board’s restriction on the number of attempts to pass each USMLE step, but it is a separate requirement.
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Below are the State Medical Boards that have adopted a 7 year rule (please note the variations marked with an *)
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AK, AL,  AR,  AZ,  CA*,  CO,  DC,  GA,  HI,  IA*,  ID,  IL,  IN*,  KS*,  LA*,  MA,  MD*,  ME,  MN**,  MO,  MS,  MT,  NC,  ND,  NE*,  NJ,  NM,  NV,  OH,  OK*,  OR,  PA,  PR,  RI,  SC*,  SD,  TN,  TX***,  UT,  VA*,  VT,  WI*,  WV

  • *These states allow 10 years, rather than 7, to pass all USMLE steps
  • **MN requires that step 3 must be passed within 5 years of step 2
  • ***TX will allow 10 years if the physician is board certified

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There are quite a few states where this applies.  For quick reference, here is a list of the states that do not currently have a time limit in place for passing the USMLE steps:
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CT, DE, FL, KY, MI, NH, WA, WY
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* This list is current as of 10/27/2010 and is subject to change. Please see State Requirements for the most updated information.
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As always, please feel free to call us with any questions.  We’re always happy to review your situation and provide advice at no charge: 888-551-2140

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