Bill increases training for medical licenses

Posted Monday, February 10, 2014 --- 8:02 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- 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, 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 said Wisconsin has become a "dumping ground for bad physicians who want to get their foot in the American medical system."

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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