Physician maintenance of licensure

By Martin Crane, MD, and Humayun Chaudhry, DO

In April 2010, the House of Delegates of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)—which represents all of the nation’s state medical and osteopathic boards—overwhelmingly supported the adoption of a framework by which licensed physicians would be required to periodically demonstrate ongoing clinical competence as a requirement for licensure renewal. The approach is both proactive and consistent with the FSMB’s mission to promote policies and procedures that protect the public through quality healthcare practices, promote patient safety, and demonstrate value of the earned license to practice medicine.

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