Thursday, July 30, 2009

Closed Residency Programs Records Are Available

A service from the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) offers to permanently store the records of residency programs that have closed. The FSMB also offers to house medical staff files from closed hospitals. Upon request, the FSMB will verify a physician’s training or medical staff affiliation from one of these programs.

According to the Joint Commission (TJC), National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and URAC, verification of a physician’s credentials from one of these closed programs by the FSMB meets the primary source verification requirements of each of those organizations. To date, nearly 50 closed programs have sent their records to the FSMB.

The FSMB provides a centralized, uniform process for health care entities to obtain a verified, primary source record of physicians and physician assistants’ core medical credentials. For more information, please go to or contact Nicole Lloyd at or (817) 868-5084.

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