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June 7, 1965

LICENSURE: FACTS AND FIGURES

JAMA. 1965;192(10):905-906. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080230111018

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Abstract

The Council on Medical Education presents its annual compilation on medical licensure in this issue of The Journal (p 855). The report includes statistics concerning the medical examination and licensure of physicians in the United States and its possessions for the year 1964, as well as comparative figures for previous years.

During the past calendar year, a total of 17,885 licenses to practice medicine and surgery were issued by 55 boards of the states and territories authorized by law to grant licenses to practice the art and science of medicine. Of the total number issued, 7,166 were granted after successful written examination and 10,719 by reciprocity and endorsement of state licenses or the certificate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. The number of licenses issued by examination decreased by 378 from the previous year, and the number issued by reciprocity and endorsement of credentials was increased by 766.

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