How to get an MD or DO from the hospital
When you’re looking for a doctor or pharmacist, you might expect the same information you’d find in a medical school admissions process.
The hospital’s website, however, tells you that the information is actually different.
“In order to receive an MD/DO from a hospital, you will need to submit the following: You must be registered with the hospital, and have at least four years of experience in a specialty field,” the website says.
You will also need to provide evidence of financial need.
So how does that work?
The answer lies in a process called “doctor and pharmacist certification”.
The doctor and pharmacy technician (D&M) certification is an important step, says David Eisler, who heads the pharmacy technician certification program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
It requires that you complete a series of tests, which are conducted by an accredited third-party laboratory and are required to pass to receive your certificate.
“It’s a very thorough process, and it’s a long process,” he says.
“The process is not just a certification, it’s also a medical degree.”
So what happens when you apply?
You’ll need to send in your application, along with three letters of recommendation, which you can use to verify your credentials and your knowledge of the field you are applying to.
If you’re accepted, you’ll receive your MD or D&M certificate.
It’ll be valid for six years and can be renewed.
Once you’ve received your certificate, you can apply for an MD and D&D certificate in a similar fashion.
But it’s important to note that the hospital does not require you to submit any paperwork, says Eislers.
If your application is approved, your certificate will be sent to the hospital and you will be allowed to work there until you’re 60.
The same process is used for a nurse practitioner certificate.
You can apply in person at any of the state’s four hospitals and then have it approved by a doctor who is the hospital’s director of medical services, who can then forward it to the state.
The requirements of the process are different for nurse practitioners and medical assistants.
The RN and MA certification will take much longer, though, so the process is usually completed in person.
There’s also no time limit to getting an MD.
“We have a process where you go to the nurse practitioner registry to apply for the MD/D&D, and you can have a certificate within two years,” says Eissler.
If it’s accepted, it will be valid until the end of 2019.
You’ll also have to get the state licensing board approval, which will determine whether you can work in a hospital.
The final step is the licensing board exam, which is conducted by a board that’s made up of a nurse and a doctor.
The doctor’s credentials will be verified by the board, which also approves the doctor’s qualifications.
That is where things get tricky.
“There’s no such thing as a 100% safe level of competence,” says Dr Robert Wieden, a board member for the state of New Hampshire, which runs the licensing process for the two certification systems.
“But you can be pretty sure that the board’s going to be very careful to ensure that you have the skills to work in the hospitals they’re operating in.”
A doctor can take a few months to pass all the tests, but it is a time-consuming process.
“You need to work very, very hard,” says Wiede.
“So that takes time.”
When you get your certificate it will give you access to a wide range of benefits including health insurance, access to benefits that are not available to the general public, and discounts on prescriptions, such as inpatient hospital stays.
You also get a license to practice medicine, which gives you access in New Hampshire to the same state-run hospitals where you work.
There are some downsides, though.
“They will need you to take exams, they will need your licence,” says Tania Soto, a nurse in the New Hampshire Hospital Association.
“And the licenses are limited to 30 hours per week.”
This means that if you have to miss work to attend a doctor’s appointment, you may be more likely to have to take sick leave.
You could also be unable to work on weekends and holidays.
There is a doctor shortage in New England, so many people have to work long hours, she says.
There have also been reports of the health of doctors being compromised by the shortage.
“I’m not so sure the hospital is being safe,” says Soto.
“If there is a shortage, there’s a shortage of doctors.”