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Licensing/Step III

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by Pinky, Aug 27, 2002.

  1. Pinky

    Pinky and the Brain
    10+ Year Member

    Aug 12, 2001
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    I'm not really sure how our medical licenses work.

    Background: I'm doing a prelim medicine year in illinois right now. Next year, I'm off to Texas to start my neuro residency. Afterward, I'd like to have the option of practicing in Hawaii or returning to Illinois.

    I'm trying to see if I can take step III as soon as possible since I'd like to avoid the clinical skills exam and also take it while the medicine is still fresh. Illinois however requires finishing at lesat one year of post-grad training before taking step 3 while other states like Texas do not. States like Illinois also limit the number of attempts before passing while states like Florida do not. Some have told me that I can apply to get my license in a state like Florida so that I can take Step III now but still take the actual test in Illinois? Is this true?

    If I do get a license from one state, do I need to take another test to eventually work in another?

    for those who have taken step III, is the old adage pretty true:
    step 1 - 2 months
    step 2 - 2 weeks
    step 3 - 2 pencils

    I thought it was pretty accurate for step 1 and 2 and even got the same score on both.
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  2. kenfused

    kenfused Senior Member
    Partner Organization 7+ Year Member

    Jun 24, 2002
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    I don't know of the specifics of those states, but search for "medical licensing state of X', to find your state's website.
    for example, the CA website gives "Physician's and Surgeon's license" applications via PDF or mail, and they have requirements. I would recommend getting the license applications for states you are interested in.

    Good luck
  3. Jim Picotte

    Jim Picotte Senior Member
    7+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2001
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    Don't worry about the CSA, it's part of Step II so you've already grandfathered yourself out of that if you've taken Step II.

    No, you don't have to take another test, but you'll have to go through the hassle of applying for a license in two states (sometimes takes months) and extra money. I'd just take Step III at the start of your PGY-2 year in Illinois.

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