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June 17, 1968


JAMA. 1968;204(12):1135-1136. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140250115015

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This State Board Number prepared by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association contains a vast amount of important statistical information. Because of the meticulous manner in which the material is presented, it is regarded as an authoritative source of licensure information. We wish to commend the Council for excellence of authorship, and to express our hope that they will continue this vital service.

This year, the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc., took a most significant forward step in unanimously adopting the Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX). This may well become the most outstanding contribution to medicine by the boards of Medical Examiners.

The Examination Institute Committee spent approximately five years studying the problem of producing tests for its member boards which would satisfy the following objectives: (1) uniformity in licensing examinations, (2) establishment of equivalent levels in the examinations, (3) improvement of