Obtaining a State of Florida Medical License

By: Jacqueline Bain

A physician entering medical practice in the State of Florida can obtain a State Medical License by either examination or endorsement.  However, to qualify for either avenue to licensure, the physician must be at least 21 years of age, be determined by the Florida Board of Medicine (the “Board”) to be of good moral character, and must not have committed any other act or offense that the Board has determined would constitute the basis for discipline here in Florida.  Moreover, the physician applicant must have graduated from a qualified medical school and completed residency training.  If the physician applicant attended medical school outside of the United States, the physician applicant must demonstrate competency in the English language to the satisfaction of the Board.  Finally, the physician applicant must submit fingerprints and submit to a criminal background check.  Once this criteria is satisfied, the physician applicant may pursue licensure by either examination or endorsement. Continue reading