Wisconsin Licensing and USMLE Step 3 Timeline

This timeline is for housestaff who are currently in an initial year of accredited Graduate Medical Education (GME) in the United States/Canada and are planning to take USMLE Step 3 through the State of Wisconsin.*

*Housestaff planning on sitting for COMLEX Part III and are applying for a Wisconsin License are considered Endorsement/Reciprocity candidates and need to pursue the COMLEX USA examination separately. Housestaff who have taken USMLE Step 3 or plan on taking it through a State other than Wisconsin are also considered Endorsement/Reciprocity candidates.
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Housestaff should view MCWAH’s “Licensure Process Guide” and begin the Step-By-Step process. The guide provides instructional information for housestaff regarding downloading forms from the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) and the completion of those forms. The completed forms should be mailed to the DSPS no later than November 30th. Allow 15-20 working days for processing of your paperwork.

Check the DSPS Web site for the status of your application; attend to any outstanding items.

After appropriate requirements have been met, apply for USMLE Step 3 via the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Web site. Allow appropriate processing time.

DSPS submits approval for you to sit for USMLE Step 3 to the Federation of State Medical Boards after all supporting documents have been received by the State of Wisconsin (see Form 546 (PDF)).

A permit to schedule the USMLE Step 3 examination is received allowing housestaff 90 days in which to schedule and sit for the USMLE Step 3 examination. Housestaff in their initial year of GME may not sit for USMLE Step 3 in the State of Wisconsin prior to completion of their 10th month of GME training. Ideally, housestaff should sit for USMLE Step 3 in June of their first year of GME.

Housestaff sit for the USMLE Step 3 Examination. Allow 3-6 weeks for the FSMB to report your scores to the DSPS. Scores are reported to the DSPS directly by the FSMB and an additional 15-20 days are required for the DSPS to process the scores and update the online checklist.

Housestaff are to submit the Certificate of Postgraduate Training (CPGT) Form 2165 (PDF) to their Program Coordinators for completion after they have passed USMLE Step 3 and completed twelve months of accredited GME. The completed form should be forwarded to the MCWAH Office. The MCWAH Office affixes the seal and forwards the CPGT to the DSPS. Allow 15-20 days for the DRL to update your checklist.

Housestaff continue to monitor their online checklist until Wisconsin licensure is obtained. If outstanding issues are not responded to in a timely manner, various forms may need to be resubmitted as well as additional forms that the DSPS may request (i.e., NPDB, an updated CPGT form, etc.).

Refer to MCWAH’s Licensure Process Guide for additional information and downloading of appropriate forms.


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