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May 26, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(4):377-378. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670040077012

The 49th annual report on medical licensure prepared by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals is published in this issue of The Journal. Data are presented concerning the medical examination and the licensure of physicians in the United States and its territories and outlying possessions for the year 1950. In addition, the report summarizes trends in licensure over many years. Current regulations pertaining to medical licensure are presented.

In 1950, 12,209 licenses to practice medicine and surgery were issued by the medical examining boards of the 48 states, the District of Columbia, Alaska, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The 12,209 licenses issued last year represented 5,454 granted after written examination and 6,755 granted by reciprocity and endorsement of state licenses or the certificate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Of the latter number, 2,395 of the recipients were diplomates of the National Board. The number