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Licensure and Examination

In Puerto Rico and as established by the PR Board of Medical Examiners, residents are required to possess either a provisional license per academic year or a permanent license with a current registration. Residents, prior to the beginning of each academic year, are responsible for requesting their provisional license to the PR Board of Medical Examiners and to include all affiliated institutions of the Ponce School of Medicine Psychiatry Residency Program. i.e.:Hospital Dr. Pilas; UPR Hospital, Hospital San Lucas, San Juan VA Caribbean Healthcare System ( Previously known as San Juan VAMC), First Hospital Panamericano,, Concilio Salud Integral de Loiza, Mayaguez Outpatient Clinic (CSCO/Ponce Healthcare system)..

Our program will require for candidates who graduate in USA medical schools, Step1 & 2 of the USLME prior to beginning their PGY-I year. Residents should have passed Step 1 & 2(CK and CS) of the USMLE prior to beginning; It is also expected that the resident pass USMLE III before PGY-III level. Foreign graduates should have the permanent license or ECFMG certificate; they are strongly encouraged to obtain step 1 and 2 of the USMLE.

The USMLE exams were computerized in November 1999 and are now available throughout the year, but the application must be made six to eight weeks in advance of the desired exam date. This flexibility also applies to retaking any step of the exam, with the caveat in the printed description from the USMLE that “you may take the step no less than 60 days after your most recent examination date, and you may take the step no more than 3 times within a 12 month period”.


 

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