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August 25, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(8):595-597. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520080047013

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Physicians and students are continually writing us for information in regard to reciprocity between the various state examining boards. The following information is based on statements received direct from the examining boards themselves and so should be approximately correct. We shall consider it a favor if state boards will correct any errors or wrong impressions which may have crept in, as we are daily replying to correspondents on these points.

The ideal basis for reciprocity would of course be uniform—and therefore equally high—standards by all the boards. But this is considered by many an idea too utopian to be considered. As conditions now exist, states having comparatively equal standards have arranged for reciprocity on two different bases: (1) On the basis of an examination before an examining board, and (2) on a diploma without an examination.

1. On the Basis of an Examination.  —This basis is acceptable to a larger

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