The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) simplifies the procedure of practicing medicine throughout the 33 participating states plus the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. The IMLC introduces another license option without changing how states oversee medical practice. The IMLC also establishes a uniform and stringent licensing standard and maintains that the practice of medicine happens wherever the patient is at the time of the doctor-patient contact.
The doctor is subject to the authority of the state’s medical board once the IMLC has given a license. Candidates in 37 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam can now apply for accelerated licensure through the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission (IMLC). Having a primary license from one of these states will allow you to get licensed in the others more rapidly.
The IMLC not only does not conflict with a state’s Medical Practice Act but also offers new avenues for doing so. Furthermore, the IMLC establishes a uniform and stringent license standard and declares that the practice of medicine happens at the patient’s location at the time of the physician-patient contact. Once the IMLC has given a license, the state’s medical board will have control over the doctor.
Qualification to participate in Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
A physician must satisfy the following conditions before they may participate in this program:
- To practice medicine without limitations, one must either permanently reside in, devote at least 25% of their practice, or be recruited by one of the SPL states.
- Have graduated from one of the medical schools recognized in the International Medical Education Directory or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education’s “List of Accredited Medical Schools.”
- Pass the USMLE or the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) on the first try. Possess a primary medical license from a state that requires it.
- Medicine residency training authorized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association.
- Valid, time-limited, or permanent certification from the American Board of Medical Specialties or the American Osteopathic Association in a particular medical or osteopathic specialty.
- Never been convicted of, or sentenced for, a crime, a significant misdemeanor, or a moral turpitude infraction; no deferred or community supervision; no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions.
- No state, federal, or international authority has a medical license been canceled or suspended for any reason, including failing to pay license maintenance payments.
- You have never had a state or federal government cancel or suspend your licenses or permits dealing with illicit drugs.
- Have no current licensing or law enforcement investigations in any local, state, federal, or foreign jurisdiction.