Shepard R. Hurwitz, MD
Medical licensure is a practice requirement in all states and territories in the United States and the District of Columbia. Licenses are issued by state medical boards, with some states having separate licensing boards for doctors of osteopathy.
Established in 1912, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) represents all of the nation’s state medical and osteopathic boards and functions as a clearing house of information about common licensing issues and professionalism. Recently, the FSMB turned its attention to protecting the public from physicians and surgeons of poor quality or competence.