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FSMB Publications

Informing the Public and Professional

The Federation of State Medical Boards publishes a variety of resources to inform its member medical boards, physicians, the health care community and the public about important public health and medical regulatory issues.


News and Information

FSMB Annual Report
As the FSMB completes its 105th year of service to the nation’s state medical and osteopathic boards, the organization’s activities of the last year demonstrate our commitment to looking ahead and moving in new directions, with policies and initiatives aimed at addressing emerging issues for medical regulators and the health care system overall.

2016-17 Annual Report: Thinking Forward


U.S. Medical Regulatory Trends and Actions Report
The U.S. Medical Regulatory Trends and Actions Report provides information about the work of the nation’s state medical boards and their mission of public protection. The report includes national data on physician licensure and discipline; demographic trends and information about licensed physicians; and details about the structure and operations of each of the nation’s 70 state and territorial medical boards.

2016 U.S. Medical Regulatory Trends and Actions Report


Duty to Report: Protecting Patients by Improving the Reporting and Sharing of Information about Health Care Practitioners
The Federation of State Medical Boards released a comprehensive summary and recommendations from a summit meeting it hosted in early 2017 to discuss how diverse organizations compile and share information about health care practitioners – including unprofessional conduct and disciplinary issues – and how such information could be better utilized to protect the public.

Duty to Report: Protecting Patients by Improving the Reporting and Sharing of Informaton about Health Care Practitioners 


Journal of Medical Regulation

A quarterly, peer-reviewed journal devoted to medical licensure and discipline.

Journal of Medical Regulation home page

Resources for Physicians
Reentry to Practice

Reentry into Clinical Practice: Tips for Handling Inquiries from Physicians
Are You Preparing to Leave, or Anticipating Going Back to, Clinical Practice? 6 Reasons Why It’s a Good Idea to Talk with Your State Medical Board
Stepping Away from Your Clinical Career? Key Points to Keep in Mind about Physician Reentry

Video: Physician Reentry 101 Webinar  


Resources for Medical Students and Residents

Educational Modules on Medical Regulation


FSMB Public Policies
FSMB periodically convenes representatives of state medical boards, together with experts in specific subject areas, to study and develop recommendations on issues pertinent to medical regulation. Policies are intended to give guidance and encourage consistency among state medical boards in addressing trends in medical practice and regulation.

FSMB Public Policies


Symposiums: Collaborating with Other Organizations

The Second International MOL/Revalidation Symposium
The Second International Maintenance of Licensure/Revalidation Symposium, Sharing Best Practices, Lessons Learned, held October 2013 in Washington, D.C., brought together nearly 40 participants from seven countries to continue a process that began three years earlier, of sharing experiences in developing and implementing systems that assure the public that doctors are competent and fit to practice throughout their careers.

Second Tri-Regulator Symposium: Team-Based Care - Collaborative Regulation
In 2015, the Tri-Regulator Collaborative – the Federation of State Medical Boards, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing – continued its historic collaboration with a second symposium. Participants delved deeper into how best to collaborate and achieve greater cooperation among our regulatory scopes. A video of the Symposium is also available.

First Tri-Regulator Symposium: Protecting Patients and the Public
In 2012, the FSMB, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) hosted a historic event in Washington, D.C.: the first-ever Tri-Regulator Symposium. This milestone meeting brought together leaders from the three organizations to advance consensus building and dialogue on issues of state-based regulation and licensure.

FSMB Symposium: Balancing Access, Safety and Quality in a New Era of Telemedicine
The FSMB convened an invitational symposium in 2011 to identify gaps in knowledge, policy and structural resources that must be addressed in order to facilitate telemedicine's adoption and expansion - while ensuring patient safety and medical quality.


History of U.S. Medical Regulation

Medical Licensing and Discipline in America: A History of the Federation of State Medical Boards
Published in conjunction with the FSMB's Centennial in 2012, Medical Licensing and Discipline in America traces the evolution of the U.S. medical licensing system from its historical antecedents in the 18th and 19th century to its modern structure. Authors David A. Johnson and Humayun J. Chaudhry provide an organizational history of the Federation of State Medical Boards within the broader context of the development of America’s state-based system.


Emergency Preparedness

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Plan: A Guide for State Medical Boards
The Federation of State Medical Boards is committed to assisting state medical boards in protecting the public and improving the quality and integrity of health care in the United States. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the numerous challenges it created for the Gulf Coast region, the FSMB established a special workgroup to evaluate and assess the issues in emergency preparedness, particularly as it relates to the licensing and credentialing of physicians.This booklet discusses the Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Plan.

Responding in Times of Need: Katrina & Beyond
This booklet discusses the collaborative state medical board response to Hurricane Katrina, lessons learned during the crisis and emergency preparedness resources available.