Medical Licensing By Endorsement: Requirements Differ For Graduates Of Foreign And U.s. Medical Schools: Hrd-90-120
Pursuant to a legislative request, GAO reviewed state requirements for medical licensure by endorsements to determine whether any state endorsement requirements discriminated against graduates of foreign medical schools.GAO found that: (1) U.S. schools were accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), but there was often no corresponding organization for foreign countries, whic...
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made it more difficult to assess the educational backgrounds and credentials of foreign school graduates; (2) the six state medical licensing boards used similar standards for foreign and U.S. medical graduates to determine whether endorsement applicants' medical education was acceptable; (3) five of the six states that GAO reviewed had documentation requirements related to clerkships that applied only to foreign school graduates; (4) documentation requirements posed more difficulty to foreign school graduates; (5) officials of the six state boards believed that such problems affected only a small percentage of endorsement applicants; (6) organizations representing foreign graduates believed that they should not be required to provide documentation other than that required of U.S. graduates; and (7) Federal State Medical Board and American Medical Association officials believed that states should establish standards and requirements to ensure competency, at their own discretion. GAO also found that: (1) examination requirements for graduates of U.S. medical schools were different in most states from those for graduates of foreign medical schools; (2) over 30 state medical licensing boards required more years of accredited U.S. or Canadian postgraduate training for foreign medical school graduates than for U.S. graduates seeking licensure; and (3) organizations representing foreign medical school graduates were opposed to postgraduate training requirements.
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