Doctor Certificate Requirements


Doctor certification requirements are required to become trained and licensed medical professionals. Doctor certifications can be obtained in different fields of medicine like paediatrics, obstetrics, gynaecology, general medicine, surgery, etc. Most of the employers only prefer those candidates who have obtained doctor certificate and meet all their eligibility criteria in terms of education and experience. Below given are some of the doctor certificate requirements.

Minimum Criteria To Be Met By All Doctor Certificate Applicants:

  • Candidates who are in the field of medicine and want to get the doctor certificate should appear for the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination).
  • Getting good grades in every level of the USMLE is a prerequisite to obtain the doctor certificate
  • The minimum education expected from candidates who want to get the doctor certificate is a four year graduation from recognised medical institution

Other Requirements To Obtain Doctor Certificate:

  • Candidates need to pursue a specialised course in a chosen major in any field of medicine
  • Candidates also have to appear for additional interview or written examination as per the state board certification instructions
  • Candidates should choose a residential course of at least a couple of years when they are doing their specialisation
  • Candidates can apply for doctor certification from any of the following:
  1. The American Board of Medical Specialists
  2. The American Osteopathic Association
  • Candidates who want to opt for another sub speciality certification must again go through the entrance examination process, oral tests, and complete their residential course
  • The doctor certification is valid for about 10 years
  • Recertification is mandatory after the validity period of the doctor certificate
  • Some of the certifications provided by the American Osteopathic Association need the students to undertake definite period of continuous study without which they do not issue recertification. So candidates must keep such requirements in mind before applying for recertification.


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