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February 16, 1970

Problems in Medical Licensure

Author Affiliations

Chairman, Medical Examining Committee State of Illinois Springfield

JAMA. 1970;211(7):1189-1190. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170070059022

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To the Editor.—  Vasilios G. Letsou, MD (210:1764, 1969), a member of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, focuses attention on that perennial problem of licensure, universal reciprocity, and endorsement between the states, when he says:Difficulties arise when one attempts to evaluate the significance of a license given by state authorities after their own examinations. Examinations given by most states vary and even when the same examination is given by various states the accepted passing mark varies from state to state, and, as a matter of fact, may vary from year to year in the same state. In the less than two-year period that I have served on the State Board of Registration in Medicine in Massachusetts, the accepted passing mark has been altered on two separate occasions, so that during that period, three sets of standards have applied to the same examination.In quoting Letsou, there