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State Specific Requirements - Virgin Islands

Applications for licensure shall be sent to:

Secretary Board of Medical Examiners
Roy L. Schneider Hospital & Community Health Center
#48 Sugar Estate
St. Thomas, VI 00802

The applicant shall comply with the following requirements:

  • Submit a USVI Application for Licensure application prescribed by and obtainable from the Secretary, Board of Medical Examiners.
  • Submit a recent and dated un-mounted photograph of passport size of self, autographed in ink across the back.
  • Submit a chronological account of all time spent between the date of graduation from medical school and time of application.
  • Be a graduate of an accredited school of medicine and must have satisfactorily completed at least one-year internship in a hospital recognized by the American Medical Association.
  • Be twenty-one years of age or older. Copy of birth certificate or similar evidence for proof.
  • Be of a good moral character as shown by two current dated letters of character reference from members of the medical profession; one should be obtained from the director of the applicant's hospital training program indicating the inclusive dates and type of training completed.
  • Is not addicted to intemperate use of alcohol, stimulants or narcotic drugs. A notarized affidavit attesting to the above must be furnished.
  • If an international graduate, must process a permanent current certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
  • All applicants are required to have their credentials verified by the Federation of State Medical Boards Credentialing Verification Service.

The Board of Medical Examiners shall give written notice and oral examinations to all qualified applicants in accordance with the provisions of Chapter I (including all its subchapters) of Title 7, Virgin Islands Code. There is no reciprocity with any other state.

Examinations shall be scheduled two times a year, in May and November.

Applications for licensure must be submitted to the Board at least 12 weeks before the date of the examination.

The candidate shall be notified by mail if they have met all the requirements needed to sit for the examination. Once approved for the examination, they will have to contact the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) for information pertaining to the SPEX examination. This information will be given to them in their acceptance letter.

After the taking of the examination, the candidate shall be advised by the FSMB, as to their results with a copy going to the V.I. Board of Medical Examiners.

  • Medical Requirements
  • A candidate who passes shall have one year to take the oral examination from the time of the written notification of having passed the written component.
  • If a license is not activated within two years of issuance, the license becomes null and void. A licensee, through a written request can place his or her license in the inactive status.
  • A candidate who fails to pass both components of the examination at one sitting shall be required to present evidence of an additional six months of postgraduate training.
  • A candidate shall be allowed three years in which to pass the two allowed re-examinations.
Note:   If any portions of these requirements are not met twelve weeks prior to the examination date, the applicant will not be permitted to sit for the examination.

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