How much training is a physician required to have to receive a license?
Physicians who have graduated from an approved medical school are required to have
one year of training in an approved hospital internship, residency or fellowship program.
Physicians who have graduated from an unapproved medical school are required to have 3 years
of training in an approved hospital internship, residency or fellowship program.
How long does it take to receive an Arizona license?
Board staff has up to 120 days (approximately 4 months) for the administrative review
of an Initial MD license application or an MD license application for endorsement. R4-15-207(D)
The time-frame for the Board to finish the administrative completeness review is suspended from the date
of the deficiency notice until the date the Board received the requested documentation.
How much is a license?
The license application processing fee is $500. Once the license is
approved, there is a $500 biennial licensing fee.
Are physicians in Arizona required to obtain Continuing Medical Education (CME)?
Physicians are required to complete 40 credit hours of CME during the two calendar years
preceding biennial renewal. A physician may not carry excess hours over to another two-year cycle.
The Arizona Medical Board conducts random CME audits to ensure physicians are meeting their obligations.
What is reciprocity? Does Arizona have reciprocity?
Reciprocity means that physicians are granted a license because they have a license in
another state. The Arizona Medical Board does not grant licensure based on reciprocity. However,
physicians licensed in another state do not have to meet the requirement to complete the USMLE within
What does Board certified mean?
“Board certified” means that a physician has taken and passed an oral and written examination
given by the American Board of Medical Specialties in a particular field of expertise or specialty.
The Arizona Medical Board does not verify current specialties. For more information please see the
American Board of Medical Specialties website at: www.abms.org
a specialty certification from this private agency.