New Licensure Pathway for Some Internationally Trained Physicians

June 9, 2023

In a move that may help ease the physician shortage in Illinois, state lawmakers passed a new law to provide a licensure pathway for certain internationally trained doctors who are not eligible for regular licensure under existing law. Within the omnibus Medicaid budget bill recently passed by the Illinois General Assembly is language that allows the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to issue limited licenses to international medical graduates (IMGs) who are fully licensed physicians in their country of origin. These IMGs will be able to practice in the state under the direct supervision of an Illinois licensed physician.

IDFPR will propose a permanent path to licensure for those IMGs who were previously not eligible for licensure under the old system. ISMS supported and helped craft the structure for this new law that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2025. 

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