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Frequently Asked Questions



  1. How long does it take to receive a Delaware license?
  2. How much is a medical license?
  3. What is the difference in the training required by U.S. versus foreign medical programs?
  4. How do I file a complaint?
  5. Why are the details of the investigation confidential?
  6. How long will the investigation take?
  7. Will I be advised as to the outcome of my case?
  8. Can you give me a physician referral?
  9. How do I obtain information as to the educational background and specialty area of a medical doctor?
  10. How do I obtain verification of licensure for credentialing purposes?
  11. How do I become licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic?
  12. Who is obligated to report a medical licensee who is or may be medically incompetent, guilty of unprofessional conduct, or mentally or physically unable to engage safely in the practice of medicine?
  13. How do I request a name or address change on my license?
  14. Can I place my license on inactive status?

Answers

 

How long does it take to receive a Delaware license?

Answer: It depends on when required documentation from other entities is received. You can check the status of your application online.

 

How much is a medical license?

Answer: See Fee Schedule.

 

What is the difference in the training required by U.S. versus foreign medical programs?

Answer: Applicants who have attended a medical school approved by the American Medical Association or American Osteopathic Association need one year of postgraduate training. Foreign medical graduates are required to have three years of postgraduate training in an institution approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

 

How do I file a complaint?

Answer: See Filing a Complaint.

 

Why are the details of the investigation confidential?

Answer: Investigative files are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act requirements (29 Del. C., § 10002(d) (3)). Therefore, copies of investigations or information collected as part of our investigations are confidential.  We cannot provide them to complainants or their legal representatives.

 

How long will the investigation take?

Answer: We cannot predict how long an investigation will take as each case involves so many variables. We investigate each case thoroughly and on its own merits to obtain the facts and to determine if there appears to be a violation of the Medical Practice Act. Some cases are clear and involve a limited number of circumstances; we can complete these quickly after assigning the investigator. Others are more complex and may take longer periods of time. A contact person, who is a member of the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, is assigned to each complaint.

 


Will I be advised as to the outcome of my case?

Answer: Yes. When investigation of your complaint is completed, you will receive a letter advising you of the outcome.

 

Can you give me a physician referral?

Answer: No. The Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline does not offer referrals. You may contact the Medical Society of Delaware, (302) 366-1400, any local hospital, or other physician referral services such as the American Medical Association.

 

How do I obtain information about the educational background and specialty area of a medical doctor?

Answer: For information about your doctor, or a doctor whom you are considering using, contact the Board office at (302) 744-4500.

 

How do I obtain verification of licensure for credentialing purposes?

Answer: License verifications are available online. If a written verification is required, see Written License Verification.

 

How do I become licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic?

Answer: See Delaware Paramedic Education.

 

Who is obligated to report a medical licensee who is or may be medically incompetent, guilty of unprofessional conduct, or mentally or physically unable to engage safely in the practice of medicine?

Answer: Section 1731A of the Medical Practice Act requires the following persons and organizations to report such licensees to the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline:

  • All Delaware-licensed physicians
  • All Delaware health care providers
  • Medical Society of Delaware and its components
  • All health care institutions in Delaware
  • All Delaware state agencies
  • All law enforcement agencies in Delaware

File reports in writing with the Executive Director, Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, within 30 days from becoming aware of such information. See also Mandatory Reports Related to Healthcare Providers.

 

How do I request a name or address change on my license?

Answer: For security reasons, you must submit name change requests in writing and enclose a legal document showing the change (e.g., copy of a marriage certificate, divorce decree). You may use the Request for Name Change  form.

You may change your address online at Change Contact Information. However, if you hold an ACGME Training or Physician-Limited license, you may change only your personal address online; you are not permitted to change your mailing address.

 

Can I place my license on inactive status?

Answer: Physician Assistants may submit a written request to place their license on inactive status for up to three years. Genetic Counselors, Polysomnographers and Midwives may request inactive status for up to five years. Inactive status is not available to Physicians, Acupuncture Practitioners and Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists.

While your license is on inactive status, you are not permitted to practice in Delaware. To resume practicing in Delaware, you must reactivate your license. If you fail to reactivate your license before it expires, you must reapply for licensure. For more information, see:


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