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West Virginia

West Virginia Board of Medicine


101 Dee Drive
Charleston, WV  25311

Phone: (304) 558-2921
Fax: (304) 558-2084
Executive Director: Robert C. Knittle, M.S.



  • Application Fee: $400
  • Background Check Fee : N/A
  • License Renewal: $200


  • Application process: 3-6 months
  • Board Meetings: The Board meets every other month beginning in January. Once the file is complete, applicant can receive a TemporaryPermit. The interview will be scheduled once notification of complete file is sent to the applicant & interview must be completed 15 days before Board meeting. If approved, the license will issue after the Board meeting.

What you need to know:

  • Expiration: Applications expire after 6 months from the date it is received by the Board.
  • Interview: No longer required for all applicants.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • USMLE Attempt Limit: 3 attempts per step.
  • USMLE Time Limit: Must complete USMLE steps I, II, & III within 7 years of passing the first step.
  • PGY (AMG): 1 Year
  • PGY (IMG): 3 Years (only 1 year required if applicant is Board certified)
  • SPEX/COMVEX: Not required.

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About West Virginia:

West Virginia is in the Appalachian and Southeastern regions of the United States, bordered by Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, Ohio to the northwest, Pennsylvania to the northeast and Maryland to the east. The capital and largest city is Charleston. West Virginia became a state following the Wheeling Conventions, breaking away from Virginia during the American Civil War. The new state was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863, and was a key Civil War border state. West Virginia was the only state to form by seceding from a Confederate state, and was one of only two states formed during the American Civil War (the other one being Nevada, which separated from Utah Territory).

The Census Bureau and the Association of American Geographers consider West Virginia part of the South. The northern panhandle extends adjacent to Pennsylvania and Ohio with the West Virginia cities of Wheeling and Weirton being just across the border from the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, while Bluefield is less than 70 miles from North Carolina and Harper’s Ferry is considered to be a part of the Washington metropolitan area. The unique position of West Virginia means that it is often included in several geographical regions, including the Mid-Atlantic, the Upland South, and the Southeastern United States. Notably, it is the only state which entirely lies within the area served by the Appalachian Regional Commission, which is a common definition of “Appalachia”.

The state is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research. The karst lands contribute to much of the state’s cool trout waters. It is also known for a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities, including skiing, whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and hunting.

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


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