How Can You Verify Medical Licenses?


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HealthGuideUSA.org provides links to look up medical licenses for physicians in each state. This site also provides a link to look up the licenses for other medical professions. AdministratorsInMedicine.org provides a search program for the licensing authorities in 15 states. It also provides links to medical boards of the states that do not participate in the search program. Health.USNews.com provides licensure, training, certifications and hospital affiliation information on physicians in the U.S.

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Each state has its own requirements for obtaining a license. State medical boards keep track of them. Physicians are classified as either medical doctors (M.D.) or doctors of osteopathic medicine (D.O.), so it is important to search both categories if available. A doctor may be licensed to practice in multiple states.

In addition to searching for an active license for a physician, a check for specialty certifications is important. Many state licensing authorities include this information as well as any disciplinary action taken against the doctor. However, these organizations do not rank the physicians and may not include information on any current investigations in which the doctor is involved. A license to practice medicine alone should not give a patient confidence the physician is capable of diagnosing and treating his or her medical condition.

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