Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners


848 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL  36104
P.O. Box 946 (Mailing Address)
Montgomery AL 36101-0946
Phone: (334) 242-4116
Fax: (334) 242-4155

  • Application process: 8 weeks minimum
  • Board Meetings: The Board meets the third Wednesday of each month. The application must be complete three weeks prior to the Board meeting. If approved, the license will be issued by the fourth Wednesday of the same month.

What you need to know:

  • Expiration: Applications expire after 6 months from the date it is received by the Board.
  • Interview: The Board may require the applicant to attend a personal interview when, for instance, 1) the applicant has committed any acts constituting grounds for denial of license 2) the Board is in receipt of information requiring additional information or explanation from the applicant and 3) the applicant’s application is incomplete or requires further explanation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • USMLE/COMLEX Attempt Limit: No attempt limit on steps I or II. 3 attempts on step III or proof of formal training after 4th attempt. No attempt limit on COMLEX.
  • USMLE/COMLEX Time Limit: Must complete USMLE steps I, II, & III within 7 years of passing the first step; 10 years for MD/PhD dual degree. No limit on COMLEX.
  • PGY (AMG): 1 Year (ACGME accredited only)
  • PGY (IMG): 3 Years (ACGME accredited only)
  • SPEX: Required unless board certified/re-certified in the last 10 years.

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About Alabama:

Alabama is located in the southeastern region of the United States of America. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west. Alabama ranks 30th in total land area and ranks second in the size of its inland waterways. The state ranks 23rd in population with 4.7 million residents in 2009.
From the American Civil War until World War II, Alabama, like many Southern states, suffered economic hardship, in part because of continued dependence on agriculture. Despite the growth of major industries and urban centers, white rural interests dominated the state legislature until the 1960s, while urban interests and African Americans were under-represented. Following World War II, Alabama experienced growth as the economy of the state transitioned from agriculture to diversified interests in heavy manufacturing, mineral extraction, education, and technology. In addition, the establishment or expansion of multiple military installations, primarily those of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, added to state jobs.

Alabama is unofficially nicknamed the Yellowhammer State, after the state bird. Alabama is also known as the “Heart of Dixie“. The state tree is the Longleaf Pine, the state flower is the Camellia. The capital of Alabama is Montgomery. The largest city by population is Birmingham. The largest city by total land area is Huntsville. The oldest city is Mobile, founded by French colonists.

* This excerpt is taken from Wikipedia. For further information on the History, Geography, Climate, Politics, & Culture of Alabama, click here.


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