Doctors who want to practice medicine in multiple states now have a faster way to obtain licensure thanks to a compact created by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), a national nonprofit representing the 70 medical and osteopathic boards of the United States and its territories.

FSMB passed a resolution in its 2013 annual meeting to commission representatives from state medical boards and special experts to explore the formation of an Interstate Compact to enhance license portability.

Four years later, this past April, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission (IMLCC) officially began accepting applications.

To date, 20 states have adopted the Compact and another five, along with the District of Columbia, have introduced legislation.

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Reasons for Compact’s Creation

According to IMLCC, the compact was created to "increase access to health care for patients in underserved or rural areas and allowing them to more easily connect with medical experts through...