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Welcome to Florida! Practice medicine in the sunshine

November 13, 2019
Est read time: 2 minutes

If you want to practice medicine in Florida, the Sunshine State welcomes you. However, setting up shop here requires a few basic caveats be met.

Making it simpler for transplant medical workers to emigrate here, Florida does have an endorsement/reciprocity agreement with other states. You’re in if you’ve practiced medicine somewhere else for at least two of the previous four years; completed an approved postgrad training program in a teaching hospital within two years of applying; or passed an approved clinical competency exam within the preceding year.

Qualifying exams include the United States Medical Licensing Examination, Federation Licensing Examination, National Board of Medical Examiners, Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada or Special Purpose Examination (if other exams haven’t been taken and you’ve been practicing in the United States or Canada for more than 10 years).

Foreign grads must have the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates certificate in order to qualify.

Foreign medical graduates — whose schools must be registered with the World Health Organization — are also required to have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-approved residency or fellowship of at least two years in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico.

Graduates of Canadian schools, however, need only one year of postgraduate training.

One other thing: If your documents are in a foreign language, they must include complete translations and all stamps and seals.

The immediate source of information on these requirements is the Florida Board of Medicine, executive director Claudia Kemp, JD. Its contact information is 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-03, Tallahassee FL 32399-3253; telephone — 850-488-0595 and fax, 850-488-0596.

You can reach the FBM via email at, and its website is

Qualifying to practice medicine in Florida can seem an insurmountable task, requires a great deal of time, filling out sheaves of records and forms, and successfully meeting a variety of deadlines. However, Howell, Buchan & Strong, Attorneys at Law can be on your side.

Let Us Help You

  • Understand the process;
  • Provide advice on how to successfully navigate the system;
  • Review employment contracts with hospital and healthcare systems;
  • Prepare your case for an appearance before the Board of Medicine's Credentials Committee;
  • Offer advice on options and  strategies for dealing with PRN;
  • Offer advice and strategies regarding criminal background issues, and;
  • Provide you after our representation with a letter for future employers explaining how the case was concluded.

Consulting with an experienced health-care attorney can help you decide whether you have the best application plan of action. Howell, Buchan & Strong, Attorneys at Law can assist with your entire application licensing process. For a free consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact us at our Tallahassee office at (850) 877-7776 or in Orlando at (407) 717-1773.

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