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28 Jul 2012

Policy Changes at the FSMB

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New FSMB Policy Addresses Physicians Reentering Practice After Extended
Absence from Medicine

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The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) House of Delegates adopted a new policy addressing patient safety and other issues related to physicians reentering clinical practice after a significant leave of absence from medicine. The policy was adopted during the FSMB’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 28.

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The Report of the Special Committee on Reentry to Practice encourages state medical boards to develop a standardized process for physicians and physician assistants to demonstrate their competence prior to reentering practice after an extended absence from clinical practice.
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Dr. Chaudhry, President & CEO of the FSMB, says that ensuring physicians are qualified to reenter practice after a period of extended clinical inactivity is a complex undertaking with implications for educational, testing, monitoring and regulatory processes.
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To address these complexities, the FSMB’s Special Committee on Reentry to Practice developed 12 Reentry Guidelines to provide medical boards with a framework of common standards and conceptual processes for physician and physician assistant reentry. The guidelines include:
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•    Education and Communications Issues

•    Determining Fitness to Reenter Practice

•    Mentoring Practitioners Who Want to Reenter the Workforce

•    Improving Regulation of Licensed Practitioners Who Are Clinically Inactive

•    The Relationship between Licensure and Specialty Certification
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Additionally, the policy notes that medical boards should be aware that physician reentry may offer a means of addressing the anticipated national physician shortage.
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For more information, visit http://www.fsmb.org/pdf/nr-reentry.pdf or http://www.fsmb.org
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About the FSMB
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The FSMB is a national non-profit organization representing all medical boards within the United States and its territories that license and discipline allopathic and osteopathic physicians and, in some jurisdictions, other health care professionals. It assists these state and territorial medical boards as they go about their mandate of protecting the public’s health, safety and welfare. The FSMB leads by promoting excellence in medical practice, licensure, and regulation.
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