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Louisiana

Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners

Louisanna-Medical-License1515 Poydras Street, Suite 2700
New Orleans, LA  70112
P.O. Box 30250 (Mailing Address)
New Orleans, LA  70190-0250

Phone: (504) 568-6820
Fax: (504) 568-8893
Web: http://www.lsbme.louisiana.gov/
Executive Director: Robert Marier, MD, MHA, FACP


Fees:

  • Application Fee: $382
  • Background Check Fee : $50
  • License Renewal: $100

Timeline:

  • Application process: 4-6 months (unless applicant already has an established FCVS profile).
  • Board Meetings: The Board meets on a monthly basis (no meeting November 2011). All files are presented at the Board meeting. The application must be complete two weeks prior to the Board meeting. Applicant must also appear for a personal interview.

What you need to know:

  • Expiration: Applications expire after 6 months from the date it is received by the Board.
  • FCVS: This state requires an FCVS profile for the licensing process.
  • Interview: All applicants must appear for a personal interview in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Morgan City, or Shreveport (applicants may choose location for interview). Exception: Applicants in residency programs are not required to appear for an interview.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • USMLE Attempt Limit: No attempt limit on step I. 4 attempts on steps II & III.
  • USMLE Time Limit: Must complete USMLE steps I, II, & III within 10 years of passing the first step.
  • PGY (AMG): 1 Year (ACGME accredited only)
  • PGY (IMG): 3 Years (ACGME accredited only)
  • SPEX/COMVEX: Required unless board certified/re-certified in the last 10 years.

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About Louisiana:

Louisiana is located in the southern region of the United States of America. Its capital is Baton Rouge and largest city is New Orleans. Louisiana is the only state in the U.S. with political subdivisions termed parishes, which are local governments equivalent to counties. The largest parish by population is East Baton Rouge Parish, and the largest by land area is Cameron Parish. Louisiana was named after Louis XIV, King of France from 1643–1715. When René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle claimed the territory drained by the Mississippi River for France, he named it La Louisiane, meaning “Land of Louis”. Once part of the French Colonial Empire, the Louisiana Territory stretched from present-day Mobile Bay to just north of the present-day Canadian border, and included a small part of what is now southwestern Canada.

Some Louisiana urban environments have a multicultural, multilingual heritage, being so strongly influenced by an admixture of 18th century French, Spanish, Native American (Indian) and African cultures that they are considered to be somewhat exceptional in the U.S. Before the American influx and statehood at the beginning of the 19th century, the territory of current Louisiana State had been a Spanish and French colony. In addition, the pattern of development included importing numerous African slaves in the 18th century, with many from the same region of West Africa, thus concentrating their culture.

Louisiana is bordered to the west by the large state of Texas; to the north by Arkansas; to the east by the state of Mississippi; and to the south by the Gulf of Mexico. The southern coast of Louisiana in the United States is among the fastest disappearing areas in the world. Rising waters and erosion (both natural and man-made) have led to the state losing a land mass equivalent to 30 football fields every day. And as the communities disappear, more and more people are leaving the region.

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

Resources:

Everything you need to know about Louisiana: http://www.louisiana.gov
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