Physician Licensure Eligibility Requirements and Documentation

Examinations

The following information is being provided to aid applicants in the completion of their applications. It is not an exhaustive list and there is no guarantee that only the items listed below will be required of any specific applicant.  

1)      Eligibility Requirements

a)      Passage of a Licensure Examination Acceptable to the Board

i)        Most common examinations are USMLE and COMLEXii)       Refer to Board Rule for a complete listing, including combinations

b)      Examination Attempt Limits

i)        Passage of each part of the examination within three attemptsii)       Exceptions are only allowed for two groups of applicants. Those who:

(1)   held, or had a pending application for, a Texas Physician in Training permit on 9/1/05, or

(2)   have been licensed in good standing in another state for at least 5 years, and who have no restrictions, orders, or probation on any other state medical licenses

The exceptions are:

(a)   a fourth attempt allowed on one part only, or

(b)   a fifth or sixth attempt allowed on one part only, if:

(i)      the applicant becomes specialty board certified by an A.B.M.S. or A.O.A. member board, and

(ii)    completes, in Texas, an additional two years of postgraduate medical training beyond what is required
 


Exam Part I Attempts

Exam Part II Attempts

Exam Part III Attempts

Eligible?

Applies to all applicants

3

3

3

Yes

Applies only to the two groups allowed exceptions

4

3

3

Yes, Exception (a)

3

4

3

Yes, Exception (a)

3

3

4

Yes, Exception (a)

5

3

3

Yes, Exception (b)

3

5

3

Yes, Exception (b)

3

3

5

Yes, Exception (b)

6

3

3

Yes, Exception (b)

3

6

3

Yes, Exception (b)

3

3

6

Yes, Exception (b)

Applies to all applicants

4

4

1

No

7

1

1

No

3

4

4

No

3

4

5

No

 

c)      Time Frame for Passage of All Examination Steps

 

i)        Single Degree Applicants

 

(1)   the time between the first step that was passed and the last step that was passed cannot exceed 7 years

 

(2)   The time frame for passage of all parts of the examination may be extended to 10 years if the applicant:

(a)   Is specialty board certified by an ABMS or BOS board, or,(b)   Has practiced under a faculty temporary license issued by the board for at least 12 months and is recommended by the institution

 

ii)       Dual Degree Applicants (MD/Ph.D. or DO/Ph.D.)

 

(1)   all exam steps must be passed no later than two years after completion of the required postgraduate training (currently one year for US/Canadian graduates and 2 years for international medical graduates)

 

(2)   The time frame for passage of all parts of the examination may be extended to no more than 10 years after completion of the required postgraduate training (currently one year for US/Canadian graduates and 2 years for international medical graduates) if the applicant:

(a)   Is specialty board certified by an ABMS or BOS board, or,(b)   Has practiced under a faculty temporary license issued by the board for at least 12 months and is recommended by the institution

 

 

iii)     Texas Medical Jurisprudence Examination

 

(1)   Passage of the examination with a score of 75 or better within three attempts

 

(2)   If an applicant has previously passed the Texas Medical Jurisprudence Examination, retesting is not required

 

2)      Documentation

 

It is advisable to collect all required documentation and submit it in one packet. However we understand that there are some examination entities and state medical boards that will not send the documents to applicants and will only send them directly to the TMB.

 

a)      Examination Transcripts

 

i)        If using FCVS and exams were USMLE, FLEX, or NBME exam scores will be included in the FCVS packet, so no separate transcripts are required.

 

ii)       If using FCVS and exams were NOT USMLE, FLEX, or NBME - applicants must contact the appropriate examination agencies and request that a certified transcript of all examination attempts be sent directly to the Texas Medical Board.

iii)     If not using FCVS, applicants must contact all examination agencies and request that a certified transcript of all examination attempts be sent directly to the Texas Medical Board.

 

USMLE http://www.usmle.org/scores/scores.htmFLEX http://www.fsmb.org/NBME http://www.nbme.org/programs-services/medical-students/licensing-exam-services.htmlNBOME/COMLEX http://www.nbome.org/LMCC http://www.mcc.ca/en/exams/

State Board Examinations - Contact the state medical board that administered the exam. 

b)      Texas Medical Jurisprudence Examination

 

Score reports are submitted electronically to TMB from Pearson Vue daily; applicants do not need to request that they be sent.