Jon H. Sutton, July 1, 2013
For many years, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has been actively pursuing the development of a maintenance of licensure (MOL) program. Numerous committee and stakeholder meetings have centered on the concept and how the state medical boards can take it from the theoretical to the implementation level. Because licensure is critical to surgical practice, it is important that surgeons have some understanding of how changes in licensing are likely to affect them in the coming years, or at least what they may have to do to maintain licensure.
Many physicians may not yet know what MOL is or why it is necessary, as they may have heard or read only generalities about the topic. With that in mind, this article presents a more in-depth overview of MOL.
Read more on MOL from ACS's recent Bulletin.