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About FSMB

Promoting excellence in medical practice, licensure, and regulation

About the FSMB

The Federation of State Medical Boards represents the 70 state medical and osteopathic regulatory boards -- commonly referred to as state medical boards -- within the United States, its territories and the District of Columbia. It supports its member boards as they fulfill their mandate of protecting the public’s health, safety and welfare through the proper licensing, disciplining, and regulation of physicians and, in most jurisdictions, other health care professionals.


The FSMB is an innovative leader, helping state medical boards shape the future of medical regulation by protecting the public and promoting quality health care.


The FSMB serves as the voice for state medical boards, supporting them through education, assessment, research and advocacy while providing services and initiatives that promote patient safety, quality health care and regulatory best practices.

Strategic Goals

  • State Medical Board Support: Serve state medical boards by promoting best practices and providing policies, advocacy, and other resources that add to their effectiveness.
  • Advocacy and Policy Leadership: Strengthen the viability of state-based medical regulation in a changing, globally-connected health care environment.
  • Collaboration: Strengthen participation and engagement among state medical boards and expand collaborative relationships with national and international organizations.
  • Education: Provide educational tools and resources that enhance the quality of medical regulation and raise public awareness of the vital role of state medical boards.
  • Data and Research Services: Expand the FSMB's data-sharing and research capabilities while providing valuable information to state medical boards, the public and other stakeholders.
  • Organizational Strength and Excellence: Enhance the FSMB’s organizational vitality and adaptability in an environment of change and strengthen its financial resources in support of its mission.