Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Graduate Medical Education

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.

November/December
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 31. Allow 15-20 business days for processing of your paperwork.

February/March
Check the DSPS website for the status of your application; attend to any outstanding items.

April
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.

May/June
Housestaff in their initial year of GME ideally should sit for USMLE Step 3 or COMLEX USA Level 3 after 10 months of GME training.

June/July
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.

August
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.

September/October
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.).

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