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June 7, 1965

The Evolution of the National Board of Medical Examiners

JAMA. 1965;192(10):817-823. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080230023006

In the Sept 28, 1901, issue of The Journal, there is a letter to the editor from St. Louis which reads as follows:

Please let me know where a graduate in medicine could practice without passing the State Board examination.

Ans.—  The laws of the following states admit graduates to practice medicine without examination, under varying conditions: Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Wyoming. In some of the states only diplomas from certain schools are recognized: thus in Michigan the diplomas of some forty or fifty schools only are accepted and in Rhode Island similar scrutiny is exercised. In nearly all, more or less discrimination is made in regard to certain schools, but in these states more particularly than others.1This question and its answer give briefly and poignantly the problems of medical licensure in this country at the beginning of this century.

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