An administrative medicine license allows an M.D. or D.O. to advise organizations, both public and private, on health care matters; authorize and deny financial payments for care; organize and direct research programs; review care provided for quality; and other similar duties that do not require direct patient care. Administrative medicine does not include the authority to practice clinical medicine, examine, care for or treat patients, prescribe medications including controlled substances, or delegate medical acts or prescriptive authority to others.
Code Citation IC 147, 148, and 272; IAC 653
Who Applies All M.D.s or D.O.s intending to practice administrative medicine in the State of Iowa, except for those who qualify for other professional licensure that allows such practice.
When To Apply After receipt of medical degree, passage of licensing examination, and completion of one year post graduate training. International medical graduates must complete two years of post-graduate training.
Initial Requirements Applicants must graduate from an approved college of medicine and surgery or an approved college of osteopathic medicine and surgery. Applicants must complete one year of post-graduate training in an approved hospital-affiliated program in the U.S. or Canada. If medical education occurred at a foreign medical school, the applicant must possess a current Educational Council Foreign Medical Graduate (ECFMG) certificate. International medical graduates will be required to completed two years of approved continuous progressive training. Applicants must also pass one of the approved licensing examinations.
Duration Two years.
Processing Time Approximately 90 days if application materials are complete.
Fee Structure Initial Application: $495 Online Renewal: $450 Paper Renewal: $550
Renewal Requirements Forty hours of category 1 continuing education are required biennially for license renewal.
Exam Each applicant must have a passing score on a medical licensing examination (USMLE, COMLEX, National Board, FLEX, LMCC, or a qualifying state structured exam).
Additional Information All individuals intending to practice administrative medicine in the State of Iowa, except for those who qualify for other professional licensure that allows such practice.