Letters to the Editor
Dr. Chaudhry provides an informative correction to our description of the history of state licensing boards in the United States. He points out that states did license physicians as early as the 1800s. Our reference to reforms in licensing that followed the publication of the Flexner Report1 in 1910 relates to the establishment of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) in 1912. We appreciate receiving his input, which arrived in time to modify our book,2 and we are pleased that his letter can be shared with the readers of Academic Medicine.
We concur with the innovations championed by the FSMB as outlined in his letter, especially the endorsement of a comprehensive overhaul of the USMLE, which corresponds with one of our recommendations in the book.2
David M. Irby, PhD
Professor of medicine, vice dean for education, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Molly Cooke, MD
Professor of medicine and director, Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Education, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California.
Bridget C. O'Brien, PhD
Assistant professor of medicine, Office of Medical Education, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California.
1 Flexner A. Medical Education in the United States and Canada: A Report to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Bulletin No. 4. Boston, Mass: Updyke; 1910.
2 Cooke M, Irby DM, O'Brien BC. Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency. San Francisco, Calif: Jossey-Bass; 2010.