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Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and Oregon

In order to provide patient care, a physician must have a license in the state where that patient is located, even if the physician already has an active license in another state. In response to this longstanding requirement, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact was established in April 2015 to streamline the medical licensure process for Medical Doctors (MDs) and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) who wish to practice in multiple states. To provide information about the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, the Oregon Medical Board reviewed and approved White Paper: Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and Oregon.

Oregon has not joined Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, but the Board is focused on streamlining the medical license application process for physicians and increasing the ability for physicians to provide care to Oregonians via telemedicine.

  • Expedited Endorsement. The Oregon Medical Board already has a streamlined licensing process through expedited endorsement, which allows qualified applicants who are currently licensed in another state to forego primary source verification of core credentials.
  • Telemedicine. The use of Telemedicine has grown substantially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Oregon law allows out-of-state physicians and PAs to provide care, with established patients in Oregon via telemedicine, without obtaining an Oregon license in certain situations. The Telemedicine webpage provides details about these exemptions to Oregon licensure.