When you are in your last year of
residency be sure to call us, and we will give you a customized
job search according to your interests, and also hunt out the
hard to find unadvertised jobs through our national recruiting
Here are a few things of interest you should be aware of as a
Licensing is becoming increasingly complex as identity and
become more common. Therefore don't wait till the last minute to
start the process. The AMA reports that physicians should expect
the process to take at least 60 days, and should plan their
career moves accordingly.
The highest volume of licensure applications is received between
the months of April and September, when physicians with
school-age children are making changes and residents who didn't
plan ahead are applying for licenses.
Therefore the standard approval timeframes posted on a state
medical board's website don't apply during this period and
expect the process to take longer and act accordingly.
Having a permanent address during residency enhances the process
for licensing and other credentialing.
Keeping your state licenses active is also very important. It
makes getting additional state licenses much easier. Most state
boards require verification of all licenses, regardless of
status, before they will issue a new license.
About half require you to submit a written statement explaining
why you let any license expire or lapse.
DEA: (Drug Enforcement agency)
Unless you are a radiologist, you must have a DEA license to
practice medicine anywhere in the US. You will need it to write
any form of prescription.
Your residency program may have a blanket hospital DEA license
covering residents. This covers you during your training,
however, you will eventually need a personal DEA. Having a
permanent address and specified worksite in the same state as
your original medical license makes the process much simpler.
and you may be eligible for reduced student rates.
UPIN: (Unique Physician/Practitioner Identification Number)
As with your DEA, we recommend that you apply for a UPIN during
your residency for some of the reasons mentioned previously;
having a permanent address, having plenty of time to complete
the process etc.
The UPIN is assigned by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services).It is a
six-character alphanumeric code identifying you as a
Medicare provider.Each individual practitioner receives one UPIN, regardless of
the number of practice settings he or she works in. You will
keep this UPIN throughout your Medicare affiliation, regardless
of the state or states you practice in.
uses the UPIN to identify the ordering and referring physician,
to aggregate payment and utilization information for individual
practitioners, to ensure compliance with contractor
recommendations for sanctions, and to validate duplicate
Board certification is evidence that you have successfully
completed an approved educational and training program and
passed a rigorous evaluation process. It demonstrates that you
are prepared to provide quality patient care in your specialty.
We highly recommend you get board certified because employers
are increasingly demanding that you have it.
It's also just as important that you keep your certification
certificates issued by members of the ABMS (American Board of
Specialties®) are time limited. The limits range from six to 10
years, depending on the board and specialty.