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Medical Examining Board modifies post-graduate requirement proposal

Following a month’s worth of reaction to its proposal requiring license applicants to complete three years of post-graduate education before qualifying for an unrestricted medical license, the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) this week modified its proposal to require two years of post-graduate education. Current law requires 12 months of post-graduate education before an applicant is eligible for a Wisconsin license. To see how this compares to states around the country, click here for a Federation of State Medical Boards summary of initial medical license eligibility requirements.

MEB members Gene Musser, MD, and Ken Simons, MD – leading the development of this issue for the MEB – reported feedback from a variety of stakeholders, including the Wisconsin Medical Society, the Wisconsin Hospital Association, the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative and the state’s two medical schools. The proposal also would allow first-year post-graduate residents to obtain a Temporary Educational Permit (TEP); current law does not allow a resident to obtain a TEP until completion of 12 months of post-graduate training.

Various MEB members say current law is too lax and has made Wisconsin an attractive state for applicants who have struggled to complete a successful residency, yet have still completed 12 months of postgraduate training – but not all at once, and arguably not all that successfully. The MEB will reach out to key state legislators to gauge policymakers’ reactions to the proposal before officially requesting legislation, which is necessary to make the changes.

For more information or to provide feedback on the MEB proposal, e-mail Mark Grapentine, JD, in the Society’s Government Relations Department.

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