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New online process causes delays licensing residents in Pennsylvania

Residency Program Insider, May 25, 2018

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Large hospitals in Pennsylvania are worried that their incoming residents won’t be licensed when they arrive on July 1 due to a rocky rollout of a new electronic licensing system.

Only about 17% of the 9,600 residents seeking credentials had received their licenses eight weeks after the online system’s launch, according to state data. Licensing physicians was previously done through the U.S. mail. The Pennsylvania Department of State says 1,400 resident applications are now being process per week, with priority given to overseas residents, who need their licenses in order to receive their visas.

Some of the early issues with the online system stemmed from a step that required hospitals to upload spreadsheets of information about their residents. Little guidance was provided about the data to be uploaded, leading to whole spreadsheets to be rejected. The system also had trouble recognizing ZIP codes or Social Security numbers that started with zeros, as well as some medical specialty codes.

Source: The Philadelphia Tribune

 



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