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July 22, 1974

Statistical Review

Author Affiliations

Director Division of Medical Education

JAMA. 1974;229(4):445-451. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230420057030

Candidates Examined by State Licensing Boards  Table 1 is a summary of licenses issued MD candidates by the several licensing boards in the calendar year 1973. The total for that year was 36,462, or 3,062 more licenses than were issued in the previous calendar year. There were 13,094 licenses granted following examination and 23,368 by endorsement of National Board certificates or licenses previously earned in other states. This represented, respectively, a 2% and 14% increase over the previous year's figures. By the close of 1973, all but two states had adopted FLEX as their board examination. The two states yet to adopt the test are Florida and Texas, and it is expected that they will be using FLEX in the near future. Most US medical school graduates continue to qualify for licensure through National Boards. These physicians are not recorded "as candidates for licensure by examination," but appear in the