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 Level 3 and are applying for a Wisconsin License need to pursue the examination separately.
Housestaff should view MCWAH’s “Licensure Process Guide” and begin the Step-By-Step process. The guide provides instructional information for housestaff who apply online via OLAS or download forms from the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS). The completed forms should be mailed/emailed/faxed to the DSPS no later than December 31st. Allow 15-20 business days for processing of your paperwork.
Check the DSPS website for the status of your application; attend to any outstanding items.
After most requirements have been met, apply for USMLE Step 3 via the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) website. Allow appropriate processing time. Housestaff utilizing the Comlex-USA testing should apply for Level 3 at this time, if they have not yet done so.
Housestaff in their initial year of GME may not sit for USMLE Step 3 through the State of Wisconsin prior to completion of ten months of GME training. Ideally, housestaff should sit for USMLE Step 3 in June of their initial 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, if taken through the State of Wisconsin, 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 to their Program Coordinators for completion after they have passed USMLE Step 3 and completed twelve months of accredited GME.
Housestaff continue to monitor their online checklist until a Wisconsin license is issued. 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).