Pennsylvania Offers Physician Guides for Licensure Issues

Last Updated: Dec 11, 2018

team-doctorsThe Pennsylvania Department of State’s (DOS) Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) offers guides to help physicians avoid common discrepancies on initial licensure and physician assistant supervising physician applications.

Discrepancies delay the processing and approval of your application. To avoid discrepancies, it is recommended that you carefully review and follow application instructions. These instructions outline the necessary documentation and information needed to successfully complete your application.

Common Discrepancies in Initial Licensure Applications

Access the Discrepancy Guide for Initial Physician Licensure Applications here.

Common discrepancies in initial licensure applications include, but are not limited to, the following: incomplete medical education information, examination scores not submitted directly by exam administrator, and child abuse continuing education not completed by an approved provider.

Applications for initial physician licensure must be completed on the Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS). You will receive notification from PALS if there are any discrepancies with your application. Access the PALS website here.

Applicants can track the status of their application on PALS. Applicants can also grant a delegate access to track the status of their application and receive notifications.

Common Discrepancies in Supervising Physician Applications

Access the Discrepancy Guide for Supervising Physician Applications here.

Common discrepancies in supervising physician applications include, but are not limited to, the following: inadequate proof of professional liability insurance, no substitute supervising physician listed, and vague descriptions of duties or duties outside a physician assistant’s scope of practice.

Physician assistant supervising physician applications are currently not available on PALS and must be submitted through the mail. However, an online submittal process is currently being developed and will soon be available. Discrepancy notices for supervising physician applications are now received through e-mail.

Supervising physician applications for allopathic doctors (MDs) are available here. Supervising physician applications for osteopathic doctors (DOs) are available here.

Note that supervising physicians reporting a change to an existing approved agreement must use the form titled “Written Agreement Change Form.”

Where Can I Find Additional Information?

Question-Mark-stethescope-articleThe Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) has numerous resources to assist physicians with state licensure requirements, these resources can be accessed here.

Physicians with questions may contact their licensure board. The State Board of Medicine can be contacted at (717) 783-1400 or emailed at The State Board of Osteopathic Medicine can be contacted at (717) 783-4858 or emailed at When calling, listen closely to the prompts and choose the option to speak with a board representative.

PAMED members with questions can also contact our Knowledge Center at 855-PAMED4U (855-726-3348) or

PAMED thanks BPOA for their assistance and looks forward to continued cooperation.

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