IMPORTANT: The GCMB is trying to move in a more paperless direction and stem the amount of paper coming into the office. That said, please DO NOT MAIL any paperwork to our office. Any outstanding documentation for Physician Licensure can be emailed to our office at:
Please provide the applicant's full name in the email subject line. Some items must be sent by a third party, and that third party can email documents to the GCMB as well.
We recently updated the Requirements for Physician Licensure, which are listed below, that hopefully will streamline processing. Each item/document has information on “how to submit.”
For questions about RENEWING your active Physician license, contact us at [email protected] or at 404-656-3913.
REQUIREMENTS FOR PHYSICIAN LICENSURE (Initial and Reinstatement):
GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE PROCESS:
Once all the outstanding items are received and processed, the application will be complete. The file will then undergo a secondary review to ensure that it meets all criteria set forth in the Law and Rules. This Quality Assurance part of the process can take up to a week. If there are no issues in the file, then the application will be administratively approved and a license issued. If there are issues, then the file will be placed on the agenda for the Board’s consideration at the next scheduled meeting. Common reasons for the Board’s Physician Licensure Committee to review an application include:
- Multiple unsuccessful attempts to pass the USMLE Step 3
- No recent clinical practice (more than 30 months)
- Record of a conviction
- Record of impairment issue
- Discipline by school, residency program, licensing board, or other entity
- Malpractice settlements/payouts
- Restriction by DEA
- Other more unique issues
TYPES OF PHYSICIAN LICENSES:
- Full - This is a regular medical license.
- Telemedicine - Licensees under this license type will be limited to the practice of telemedicine and shall not be authorized to practice medicine physically in this state on a patient that is in this state, unless an emergency.
- Administrative - Licensees under this license type shall not be authorized to perform any surgical procedure, write prescriptions, or practice any clinical medicine.
- Institutional - This license type is issued under exceptional circumstances to graduates of international medical schools who an institution wishes to employ but who do not have an independent license to practice medicine in the State of Georgia. The license is jointly awarded to the applicant and the institution and the practice is limited as provided in Rule 360-10-.07.
- Compact - A physician license issued through the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.
- Volunteer-in-Medicine - A special medical license to qualifying physicians for the sole purpose of practicing medicine in the non-compensated employ of public, not for profit, or nonprofit agencies, institutions, corporations, or associations that provide medical services solely to indigent patients in medically underserved or critical need population areas of the State.
- Physician Teacher - This license type is issued to physicians licensed and in good standing in other states and foreign countries for the sole purpose of teaching or demonstrating medicine in a Board approved medical college or its affiliated clinic in this State.
- Educational Training Certificate - A physician licensed in another state or foreign country who intends to enter into this state for the sole purpose of participating in or providing educational training that involves the provision of patient care must apply for an educational training certificate in order to provide patient care. For purposes of this rule "educational training" shall include medical education training, conference, clinics, workshops or courses.
- Temporary - This license type is no longer offered by the Board.
- Provisional - This license type is no longer offered by the Board.
- Temporary Postgraduate Training Permit - This permit is mandatory for participation in all postgraduate medical training programs in this State, unless the individual holds a license to practice medicine in this State prior to participating in the postgraduate medical training program or has applied for a temporary postgraduate training permit.
- Emergency Practice Permits - This license type is only offered during an event for which the Governor of the State of Georgia has issued an executive order declaring a disaster or a state of emergency.
OTHER PHYSICIAN LICENSURE INFORMATION: