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May 25, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(4):417-418. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980040057016

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In the past few years there has been an increasing interest in the Federation of State Medical Boards to improve and reevaluate the whole field of licensure. The prime stimulus for this activity has come from two sources—the unanimous decision that a preliminary solution to the foreign-graduate problem had to be found, and the growing interest of the federation to relate itself more closely to the interests of medical education.

The turning point in the foreign-graduate problem was reached when, in 1953, it was conceded that the management of the foreign graduate should be approached from a national level in developing a preliminary program. The federation joined the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the American Hospital Association to create the Educational Council for Foreign Graduates, Inc. Thus, for the first time, the federation and the other interested groups have determined that educational

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