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November 5, 1973

Florida's Licensure Requirements

Author Affiliations

Florida Board of Medical Examiners Fort Lauderdale

JAMA. 1973;226(6):675. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230060051027

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To the Editor.—  In the article on medical licensure (225:299, 1973), the following statement is made:However, there are now three conditions under which the Florida Board will waive the ECFMG certificate for foreign educated physicians: (1) if they hold a certificate issued by a US specialty board, (2) if they have had three years of AMA-approved graduate training, and (3) if they have had four years of meritorious practice in a state during the five years preceding application for a Florida license.This statement gives the impression that if an applicant fulfills any one of these three statements he is eligible for waiving the need for the ECFMG certificate. This is not the case. Our law reads as follows:However, a graduate of a foreign medical school need not present the certificate by said Educational Council (ECFMG) or pass the American Medical Examination for foreign medical graduates if: (a)