If you’ve been looking at practicing medicine in multiple states, you probably know that getting licensed in those states can take quite a while. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to speed things up?
There is a group aiming to do just that called the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC). It currently has 17 member states issuing licenses. And there are recruiting companies who claim they can use the IMLC to get you a medical license in those states in just 2 weeks. If that sounds too good to be true, that’s because in most cases it is. Keep reading for a more realistic look at what the IMLC means for you today and in the future.
Just What Is The IMLC?
This licensure compact is a legal agreement between states aimed at expediting medical licensing for experienced physicians. The IMLC website states “The sole purpose of the Compact is to provide an additional, expedited, pathway to licensure for physicians with exemplary practice histories. Participation in the Compact for medical licensure will be strictly voluntary for both physicians and state boards of medical licensure.”
The Compact’s history began with a group of state medical board executives, administrators and attorneys writing the Compact’s language in 2013 and 2014. The National Federation of State Medical Boards was also involved in its creation. However, the IMLC is not part of a federal agency nor does anyone “own” it.
How Does The IMLC Work Today?
The Compact became active once seven states adopted it. Today, a Commission made up of two representatives from each adopting state head the Compact. They first seated this Commission in October 2015. It began issuing Letters of Qualification in April 2017.
While this Compact has the potential to greatly benefit physicians, it’s still fairly new. They are nowhere near a point where recruiting agencies can claim a 2-week turnaround even in the 17 states listed as an IMLC Member State Issuing Licenses. In fact, some of these states have barely started moving forward or even allocating resources.
So When Can I Get My License?
In the future, the IMLC could speed up licensing for physicians of all specialties who want to work in multiple states. But for now, you’re still looking at several weeks turn-around time for getting a license to practice in another state. In our experience, it’ll take between 4 and 36 weeks to process a new license, depending on the state. States vary widely. 4 to 6 weeks is typical for Idaho, Vermont, and West Virginia. But it takes 24 to 36 weeks to get a license for California. Count on 8 to 12 weeks as being pretty standard.
Don’t trust staffing agencies promising licensing turnaround times they can’t follow-through on. Here at RadCoverage, we’re committed to giving you the truth about what can and cannot be done. We’ll always be ready to help you and we’ll work to the best of our ability to meet your needs as closely and quickly as possible.