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Medical Licensure & Board Examinations

Whether you’re completing your Maintenance of Certification® (MOC) cycle or simply looking for more information about medical licensure requirements or upcoming board examinations, AAPM&R is here to help make it easy and accessible. 

Medical Licensure

Are you looking to practice in another state or do you need to renew your medical license?  According to Part I (Professional Standing) of the MOC program, all physicians must hold a valid, unrestricted medical license in at least one state or jurisdiction in the United States, its territories or Canada. 

If you have questions or need to learn more about the medical licensure requirements for your state, please click on the link(s) provided below.

Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners
Alaska State Medical Board
Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery
Arizona Medical Board
Arkansas State Medical Board
Osteopathic Medical Board of California
Medical Board of California
Colorado Board of Medical Examiners
Connecticut Medical Examining Board
Delaware Board of Medical Practice
District of Columbia Board of Medicine
Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine
Florida Board of Medicine
Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners
Hawaii Board of Medical Examiners
Idaho State Board of Medicine
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
Iowa Board of Medicine
Kansas Board of Healing Arts
Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure
Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure
Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine
Maryland Board of Physicians
Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine
Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery
Michigan Board of Medicine
Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure
Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
Montana Board of Medical Examiners
Nebraska Board of Medicine and Surgery
Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine

Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners
New Hampshire State Board of Medicine
New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners
New Mexico Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners
New Mexico Medical Board
New York State Board for Medicine
North Carolina Medical Board
North Dakota State Board of Medical Examiners
State Medical Board of Ohio
Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners
Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision
Oregon Board of Medical Examiners
Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine
Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine
Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline
South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners
South Dakota State Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners
Tennessee Board of Osteopathic Examination
Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners
Texas Medical Board
U.S. Virgin Islands Board of Medical Examiners
Utah Department of Commerce
Vermont Board of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
Vermont Board of Medical Practice
Virginia Board of Medicine
Washington State Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery
Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission
West Virginia Board of Osteopathy
West Virginia Board of Medicine
Wisconsin Medical Examining Board
Wyoming Board of Medicine

If you need general information regarding state medical licensing, please visit the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).

For a list of Canadian medical licensing authorities, please click here.

Board Examinations

The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) oversees annual certification and MOC examinations in PM&R and its related subspecialties.  For a complete schedule of upcoming ABPMR examinations, fees, application deadlines, and locations, please refer to the ABPMR Examination Calendar.


ABPMR MOC Examinations

Part III (Cognitive Expertise) of the MOC process requires that physicians must demonstrate, through formalized examination, that they have the fundamental, practice-related and practice environment-related knowledge to provide quality care in PM&R and its subspecialty fields.

  • You must take and pass the primary ABPMR MOC Exam once during the 10-year MOC cycle.  Renewal of a subspecialty certificate(s) also requires passing a subspecialty MOC examination(s).
  • All exams can be taken during years 7, 8, 9, or 10 of the 10-year cycle.
  • Exams are multiple-choice questions pertaining to clinical practice.  An outline of MOC exams can be obtained through the ABPMR.
  • Physicians subspecialty certified in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine may substitute the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Subspecialty Examination for the primary MOC Examination.

Please refer to the ABPMR Examination Calendar for more information.


ABPMR Specialty & Subspecialty Certification Examinations

In addition to certification in the field of PM&R, the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) currently offers subspecialty certification examinations in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Neuromuscular Medicine, Pain Medicine, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, and Sports Medicine. 

Please refer to the ABPMR Examination Calendar for more information.



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