New Law Changes Physician Licensing Rules in Wisconsin

A new Wisconsin law changes the physician licensing rules within the state and creates new licensure options.

Previously, Wisconsin law allows persons who have completed one year of post-graduate residency training to become fully licensed physicians. Under Wisconsin Senate Bill 579, recently signed into law, people who graduate from medical schools will have to complete either two years of residency or complete one year of residency, remain enrolled in the training program and receive an unrestricted endorsement from the residency program director that the resident is expected to continue in the program and complete at least two years of training.

The new law also allows the Medical Examining Board to grant a new type of license —an "administrative physician license." A physician receiving this license must meet requirements for regular licensure, with the exception of any requirement related to active practice. Holders of administrative licenses may not engage in the practice of clinical medicine.  

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