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Question State Licensure before ERAS application!

I cant understand this, need clarification plz.

ERAS does not preclude any students/graduates from participating in ERAS, based on their eligibility for licensure. Before applying to residency programs in a given state, it is your responsibility to become familiar with that state’s licensure requirements and to ensure that you meet any licensure requirements to enter and complete residency training in that state.


And in FSBM site most states do require 3 years of Minimum Postgraduate
Training for IMG? Is that required to start a residency in the states, plz clarify this point?
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State Licensure is different from residency.

When you enter residency you only need preliminary license. For example it's called physician in training permit (PIT) in Texas and it's called post graduate training authorization letter (PTAL) in California, ...etc

This premilinary license you'll get by just being ECFMG certified and you don't need to have practiced in USA. It allows you to practice medicine under-supervision and you can't practice unsupervised.

On the other hand, State Licensure (which is managed by the FSMB and the state medical boards) requires that you have completed your residency (three years of postgraduate training) and you should pass USMLE Step 3 as well. State licensure allows you to practice medicine unsupervised (like for example opening your own solo private clinic).

The reason that they mentioned that in ERAS is that for example, you might be eligible to practice as resident but then you won't be able to get the full license in that State (for example some Caribbean med schools are not recognized in Arizona, California, and Arkansas). See this example http://www.usmle-forums.com/residenc...cal-board.html

Let me know if you need further explanation.

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Thanks for your explanation, but to be sure

In FREIDA there is a tab answering if programs need or doesnt need "Unrestricted state medical license for this state"

If it says Yes to this,it means that this program needs a state license not just a preliminary liscense ?!
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