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FSMB to explore "interstate compact" for licensure in multiple states
For many physicians, obtaining a medical license can be a challenge. Obtaining a medical license in multiple states can be an even greater challenge. A recent post on the AMA's LinkedIn group, for example, notes that licensure can be a "challenging and drawn out task."
Recognizing the need for a smoother system for medical licensure, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) approved new policy at its recent annual meeting to study the creation of a new system that would utilize an "interstate compact" to increase efficiency in the licensing of physicians who practice in multiple states.
Interstate compacts are formal agreements between states that help state governments facilitate a wide range of activities that cross state lines, eliminating the need for federal intervention.
"One of the most important consensus points that we continue to hear in discussions of possible models for medical licensure is that they should be state-based," said Humayun J. Chaudhry, DO, president and CEO of the FSMB. "Most policy experts agree state authority ensures the best assurance of patient protection in physician licensing – which remains our No. 1 priority."
These points are reflected in longstanding AMA policy in support of increased efficiency and standardization in state licensing regulations. For example, a 1987 Council on Medical Education report is the basis for current AMA policy that "urges licensing jurisdictions to pass laws and adopt regulations facilitating the movement of licensed physicians between licensing jurisdictions." The AMA also is firm in its opposition to a single national federalized system of medical licensure.