Aug. 17th, 2007

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Now working solo in the La Rabida Emergency Treatment Room, which is quite an experience. However, a pause permits me to make the following post.

Back from diabetes camp. It was a blast (with the usual drama). Definitely feeling the hang of things (this is my third year there). Whee!

Just finished jumping through all the fun regulatory hoops, in the saga that you've all been following (obviously with bated breath).

Step 1 (6/2006): Apply for the USMLE Step 3, with waiver since I'm an old fart and I don't feel like taking steps 1 and 2 again because it's been over 7 years. Have the privilege of spending $680 or so.
Step 2 (9/2006): Getting permission to take Step 3.
Step 3 (3/2007): Taking Step 3, passing it
Step 4 (6/2007): Waiting until I've completed 24 months of residency to apply for my permanent license. Have the privilege of spending $300 or so.
Step 5: Waiting to receive the license. Time passes.
Step 6 (7/2007): Receiving the permanent license. Whee!
Step 7 (7/2007): Waiting to receive my state controlled substance license so that I can actually legally prescribe drugs in the hospital using my newly minted license.
Step 8 (8/2007): Receiving my controlled substance license (for a fun $5). Yay!
Step 9 (8/2007): State controlled substance license in hand, applying for my federal DEA number, so that I can actually write prescriptions with my shiny new license. Pay $560 for the privilege.
Step 10 (8/2007): Receiving my DEA number. FINALLY!

In summary:
$400 for the USMLE Step 1
$600 for the USMLE Step 2 CK
$1000 for the USMLE Step 2 CS (not including travel)
$680 for the USMLE Step 3
$100 for my preliminary Illinois medical license
$300 for my Illinois permanent medical license application
$5 for my Illinois controlled substance license
$560 for my DEA registration and number
$??? for secure prescription pads

Finally being able to work outside the hospital like a real doctor: PRICELESS

Back to work. It's scary - this license enables me to prescribe anything from cocaine to PCP to Tylenol. Luckily, I have no desire to have my friends in the DEA come knocking on my door.



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