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    State licensure in Washington

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    After some thorough research, I realized just how unrealistic it is to crawl my way back to Canada for permanent practice as an IMG. So I decided to place all my bet for clerkships, residency, and licensure, in US.

    Considering that I'm from Vancouver, BC and I'll never be able to set foot on my home soil, I figured Seattle, WA would be the next best thing.

    I am well aware of the restrictions in California and New York. I also know about the "15 years from the charter date" rule in Kansas. I came across some posts here about few states that tend to be more difficult to obtain licensure in, I believe they were Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, and Texas. Please correct me if I'm misinformed, or if there are more to the list.

    Fortunately, I have yet to hear about any complication in Washington state for an IMG (assuming that all required exams are written and passed, and all clerkships and residency completed in US 'greenbook' teaching hospitals).

    Does anyone know or have heard anything about licensure in Washington?

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    Re: State licensure in Washington

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirst
    After some thorough research, I realized just how unrealistic it is to crawl my way back to Canada for permanent practice as an IMG. So I decided to place all my bet for clerkships, residency, and licensure, in US.

    Considering that I'm from Vancouver, BC and I'll never be able to set foot on my home soil, I figured Seattle, WA would be the next best thing.

    I am well aware of the restrictions in California and New York. I also know about the "15 years from the charter date" rule in Kansas. I came across some posts here about few states that tend to be more difficult to obtain licensure in, I believe they were Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, and Texas. Please correct me if I'm misinformed, or if there are more to the list.

    Fortunately, I have yet to hear about any complication in Washington state for an IMG (assuming that all required exams are written and passed, and all clerkships and residency completed in US 'greenbook' teaching hospitals).

    Does anyone know or have heard anything about licensure in Washington?
    I grew up in Seattle, WA. I got several interview invitations in WA. I checked it out, and there was no problem with licensing. It's a green light.

    I used to go to Vancouver BC at least 3 to 4 times every summer to get some lichi and durian (stinky fruit) to eat. I love Elizabeth and Stanley park. You Canadians really know how to keep your parks beautiful and clean.

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    Re: State licensure in Washington

    I would appreciate it if you would share what you know about the restrictions in California and New York and the "15 years from the charter date" rule in Kansas. Thank you.

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    Re: State licensure in Washington

    Hi Caesar,

    There's nothing to share really- I think it's a pretty standard fact around here that New York and California have yet to approve most of the Caribbean medical schools for state licensure of their graduates. Some schools have managed to affiliate with the two states for clinical rotations and/or residencies, but some, not so fortunate.

    As for Kansas state, it is required for any given medical school to be at least 15 years old from its charter date. If you're looking into one of the newer schools, it is unlikely that you will be able to practice in Kansas.

    There are many informative posts here about state licensure, please dig around!

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    Re: State licensure in Washington

    Hello K,
    Thank you for your reply.
    I take this opportunity to share with you an excerpt of electronic correspondence I had with the New York State Board for Medicine regarding registered medical schools (foreign).

    1. My request:
    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I would appreciate it if you would provide me information how to access a list of New York State Board of Education Registered Medical Schools (Foreign). Is the American University of the Caribbean registered by the New York State Board of Education? Is St. George University (located in Grenada) registered by the New York State Board of Education?

    2. Reply I received:
    The list below should also include the American University of the Caribbean:

    St. George's University School of Medicine, St. George's, Grenada
    Ross University School of Medicine, Roseau, Dominica
    Fatima College of Medicine, Manila, Philippines
    The Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico
    International Health and Medicine Program, Ben Gurion University of the Negrev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
    English Language Program, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland
    English Language Program, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland



    Douglas P ******
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    New York State Board for Medicine
    3023 CEC, Empire State Plaza
    Albany, NY 12230
    d******@theoffice.net
    (518)474-3841/42

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    Pacific Northwest

    SO there is people from the pacific northwest around here. HI.

    Hanson: I would love to come back to Seattle to practice if I had the chance. UW of course is great, and Virginia Mason isn't too shappy either but I don't know anything about their residency programs(in regards to reputation+programs, would you happen to know about that for the hospitals around Seattle?)

    Thanks.

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    Kansas

    Please see this webiste regarding Kansas Licensure:

    http://www.ksbha.org/regulations/article06.html

    There is nothing on there regarding length of time a school has been open. It does ask for that when trying to have a school accredited, but they also ask for accreditation by the LCME which NO foriegn school gets, so that doesn't seem to matter much. It seems that all IMG's would have to apply using section 100-6-2 B and under that rule, we all seem eligible even if ones school opened yesterday. Please see 100-6-2, 100-6-4, and 100-6-5 as those are the rules that we would have to have met. If I am missing something please help.

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    But...

    Below is the reply I received in response to my email inquiry on Kansas state licensure.

    "Kansas requires that the schools must have been in existence (instruction started) for at least fifteen years. The schools you indicated (Saba University and University of Sint Eustatius) are not approved.


    Charlene K. Abbott
    Licensing Administrator
    Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
    785/296-7413 Fax 785/296-0852"

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    Oh, ok. Thank you Kirst.

    Sincerely,
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