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A physician is a licensed health care professional who diagnoses, treats, operates, or prescribes for any human disease, pain, injury, deformity, or physical condition.

Licensing Requirements:

A New York licensed physician has completed a program of medical education and received the doctor of medicine (M.D.), doctor of osteopathy (D.O.), or equivalent degree. While New York State requires a minimum of two years of postsecondary education prior to medical school, most applicants admitted to medical school have a minimum of a bachelor's degree. Medical programs include studies in basic and medical sciences.

New York licensed physicians have also completed a minimum of one year of postgraduate training in an approved residency program; graduates of unaccredited/unregistered medical schools must complete three years of residency training and pass a proficiency exam. In addition, licensed physicians pass a State-approved licensing examination.


The fee for licensure is $735.
The fee for a limited permit is $105 (the limited permit fee is not refundable).

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2018, there were 4,970 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 5,342 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2020, there were 5,741 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of January 1, 2021, there were 77,243 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Medicine
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
Phone: 518-474-3817, Press 1 then ext. 560 (voice)
Fax: 518-486-4846
E-mail: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1061 to 29-1069 - Various Physicians to All Other Physicians
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Medical Association
AMA Plaza
330 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611-5885
Phone: (800) 621-8335


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 2/8/21.

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