FEDERATION OF STATE MEDICAL BOARDS (FSMB)
The Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc., was founded in February 1912, as the result of a merger between the National Confederation of State Medical Examining and Licensing Boards (established in 1891) and the American Confederation of Reciprocating Examining and Licensing Boards (established in 1902).
Before their merger, reports and recommendations by these organizations influenced the unification of preliminary medical education, prompted general adoption of full high school training as a requirement for medical school admission (which grew into the one- and two-year premedical college requirement), encouraged unifying courses of study in medical schools, encouraged a standard medical curriculum and urged minimum equipment for all medical college departments.
From 1915 until 1961, Walter L. Bierring, M.D., a distinguished leader of American medicine, was secretary-treasurer of the Federation and editor of its Bulletin. Throughout his career, Dr. Bierring was actively pointing out the need for improved "methods of determining fitness for licensure and the practice of medicine as distinguished from those required for graduation from an approved school or college of medicine." The Federation has addressed that need throughout the years and continues to improve those methods.