Bill increases training for medical licenses

  • Associated Press
  • February 10, 2014 - 7:35 AM

MADISON, Wis. — Two legislators with a medical background have introduced a bill that would require two years of training for medical school graduates before they could receive a doctor's license in Wisconsin. The state currently requires one year.

The legislation has been introduced by Republican Rep. Erik Severson, a doctor, and GOP Sen. Leah Vukmir (VOOK'-meer), a nurse. The requirement would apply to graduates of U.S. and foreign medical schools. Many states require one year of post-graduate training for graduates of U.S. schools and two or three years for foreign school graduates.

Former Wisconsin Medical Examining Board chairman Dr. Sheldon Wasserman told the State Journal ( ) that Wisconsin has become a "dumping ground for bad physicians who want to get their foot in the American medical system."

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