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June 15, 1970

Highlights of Medical Licensure

JAMA. 1970;212(11):1949. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170240151018

The Council on Medical Education presents its annual compilation of data on medical licensure in this issue of The Journal (page 1871). The report summarizes the experience of physicians seeking medical licensure in 1969 from 55 examining boards in as many official jurisdictions. Comparative figures from previous years are also given. Up-to-date policies of the several medical examining boards, their rules and regulations for issuing licenses to medical graduates and osteopathic physicians are similarly included. The most significant change in 1969 has been the adoption of the new FLEX examination by 25 states which examine more than one half the candidates for licensure each year. Moreover, the New York state board has announced that after Jan 1, 1971, FLEX would be the only examination they would endorse for licensure.

Of the 9,978 physicians newly added to the licensed medical profession during 1969, graduates of medical schools in the United States