Iowa Board of Medicine

400 S.W. 8th Street, Suite C
Des Moines, IA  50309-4686
Phone: (515) 281-5171
Fax: (515) 242-5908
Executive Director: Mark Bowden


  • Application Fee: $505
  • Background Check Fee : N/A (included in application fee)
  • License Renewal: $450 (online); $550 (paper)


  • Application process: 2-3 months
  • Board Meetings: The Board meets every 6 to 8 weeks. Initial review takes approximately 4 weeks. Once all items are received, the files goes to 2nd review for 2-3 weeks, at which time the license can be issued if it’s a clean file (no malpractice/irregularities, etc.).

What you need to know:

  • Expiration: Applications expire after 90 days from the date it is received by the Board. After 90 days, $150 reactivation fee & updated credentials are required.
  • Interview: Not required. 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 Attempt Limit: 6 attempts per step on steps I or II. 3 attempts on step III.
  • USMLE Time Limit: Must complete USMLE steps I, II, & III within 7 years of passing the first step; 10 years for MD/PhD dual degree.
  • PGY (AMG): 1 Year (ACGME accredited only)
  • PGY (IMG): 2 Years (ACGME accredited only)

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About Iowa:

Iowa is located in the Midwestern United States, an area often referred to as the “American Heartland”. It derives its name from the Ioway people, one of the many American Indian tribes that occupied the state at the time of European exploration. Iowa was a part of the French colony of New France. After the Louisiana Purchase, settlers laid the foundation for an agriculture-based economy in the heart of the Corn Belt. Iowa is often known as the “Food Capital of the World.” However, Iowa’s economy, culture, and landscape are diverse.
In the mid and late 20th century, Iowa’s agricultural economy transitioned to a diversified economy of advanced manufacturing, processing, financial services, biotechnology, and green energy production. Iowa has been listed as one of the safest states in which to live. Des Moines is Iowa’s capital and largest city. Iowa is bordered by the Mississippi River on the east; the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River on the west; the northern boundary is a line along 43 degrees, 30 minutes north latitude. The southern border is the Des Moines River and a line along approximately 40 degrees 35 minutes north, as decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in Missouri v. Iowa after a standoff between Missouri and Iowa known as the Honey War.

Iowa is generally not flat; most of the state consists of rolling hills. In the northeast, along the Mississippi River, is a section of the Driftless Zone, which in Iowa consists of steep hills and valleys which appear almost mountainous. Iowa’s natural vegetation is tallgrass prairie and savanna in upland areas, with dense forest and wetlands in floodplains and protected river valleys, and pothole wetlands in northern prairie areas.

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


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