From Princeton, WV (Dr Smith) and Federation of State Medical Boards of USA, Inc, Euless, Tex (Ms Beatty).
Practicing physicians are expected to deliver the highest quality of health care. Public demand to establish and implement mechanisms and systems to evaluate the fitness and ability of an individual to safely practice medicine resulted in the creation of medical boards. Their primary responsibility and obligation is to protect the public residing within their jurisdictions from unprofessional, improper, and incompetent medical practitioners. Each state provides laws, more commonly referred to as a Medical Practice Act, that outline the safe practice of medicine within its jurisdiction and set forth the responsibility of the state's medical board to regulate that practice. Individuals who want to practice in any particular jurisdiction must meet the respective jurisdiction's standards, which may include, but are not limited to, educational requirements and clinical training.
Smith LE, Beatty P. The Practice of Medicine and Its Interface With Medical Regulation. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 1999;1(1):58-59. doi:10.1001/archfaci.1.1.58