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Preventive Medicine Physicians

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

New physicians who have received the M.D. or O.D. degree are required to take an examination to be licensed to practice. All states mandate that physicians be licensed in the state in which they practice. The licensing exam is conducted through the board of medical examiners in each state. Some states have reciprocity agreements with other states so that a physician licensed in one state may be automatically licensed in another without being required to pass another examination. Find out about licensing procedures before planning to move.

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