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Whereas, the Federation of State Medical Boards has proposed an Interstate Medical Compact1 as a voluntary way for states to cooperate and facilitate multistate licensure that preserves all individual state prerogatives regarding granting and overseeing medical licensing and protecting patients, and
Whereas, 18 states have now joined the Interstate Medical Compact, believing that doing so will be advantageous both to their physicians, their citizens, and to their medical boards, and
Whereas, House Bills 4066 and 4067 of 2017 have been introduced in Michigan and referred to the House Committee on Health Policy; therefore be it
RESOLVED: That MSMS repeal its policy “Opposing the Federation of State Medical Boards Interstate Medical Licensure Compact;” and be it further
RESOLVED: That MSMS familiarize itself with the details and advantages that that the Federation of State Medical Boards’ (FSMB’s) proposed Interstate Medical Compact would provide for physicians and patients in Michigan and support the passage of legislation to adopt the FSMB’s Interstate Medical Compact in Michigan.
Relevant MSMS Policy:
Opposing the Federation of State Medical Boards Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
MSMS opposes participation with the Federation of State Medical Boards’ Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. (Res48-15)
Title: Standards for Initial Medical Licensure in Michigan
Introduced by: Richard E. Burney, MD, for the Washtenaw County Delegation
Original Author: Richard E. Burney, MD Referred to: Reference Committee E House Action:
Whereas, the public health of the citizens of the state of Michigan and the quality of patient care available to them depends on the quality and training of physicians licensed to practice in Michigan, and
Whereas, the only present requirement for the grant- ing of a new, unrestricted license to practice medicine in Michigan is graduation from medical school and two years of post-graduate training, and
Whereas, this requirement originated many years ago, at a time when many physicians went into practice as general practitioners and more than one or two years of post-graduate training was thought unnecessary, and
Whereas, recent research has shown that physicians with fewer than three years of post-graduate training are four times as likely to be subject to disciplinary action by a state medical board for substandard practice2, and
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