Can a doctor practice medicine if he/she failed their medical boards?

I know of a doctor practicing medicine with two different facilities, yet this doctor has failed their medical boards. Can this be allowed?

So long as you have passed the state licensure, you can practice, but you cannot state, verbally, or in writing, or imply that you are board certified.

Board certification is different than state licensure exam.




  • You cannot practice without passing boards. You can retake boards and any practice must be supervised because the boards say you have learned enough to be able to practice on your own.References :

  • So long as you have passed the state licensure, you can practice, but you cannot state, verbally, or in writing, or imply that you are board certified.

    Board certification is different than state licensure exam.References :

  • Yes. If a doctor has taken the general medical boards (USMLE) and failed, then they can still legally practice in the US and can still graduate from their medical program, but will most likely be out of te running for prestigious residencies and fellowships. There are several steps to the USMLE. Check out their site for more information, it will explain anything you would like to know about the subject.

    http://www.usmle.org/References : Toxicologist

  • yaa.. the plastic surgeon that allegedly caused the death of Kanye West’s mother wasn’t board certified. That’s why it was so controversial.References :

  • Yes, as long as you have passed your state board exam, you may practice medicine.

    But most hospitals are certified by the Joint Commission and the JC strongly recommends that board certification be a condition for granting privileges to practice in a hospital. HMOs often require this, too, so it is getting more and more difficult to practice without board certification.References :


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