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May 30, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(5):456-457. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690050080013

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A review of the annual report on medical licensure indicates that the state licensing boards are lending their efforts to assist the qualified foreign-trained physician to locate in the United States. Forty-five boards now will permit foreign-trained physicians to be examined under varying conditions. Twenty-six boards require full citizenship, and 13 require that the applicants file their intention to become citizens. Twenty-nine boards indicate such physicians must serve an internship in an approved hospital in the United States. Eighteen boards have specific requirements for physicians educated abroad and 19 report varying exemptions. The Council presents these data in factual form for the assistance of the foreign-trained physician seeking licensure in the United States. The report emphasizes that medical licensure in this country is a '"state right" and is entirely under the jurisdiction of the governments of the individual states and that, while it is hoped the data presented may be

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