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About FSMB

The Federation of State Medical Boards represents the 70 state medical and osteopathic regulatory boardscommonly referred to as state medical boardswithin the United States, its territories and the District of Columbia. It supports its member boards as they fulfill their mandate of protecting the public’s health, safety and welfare through the proper licensing, disciplining, and regulation of physicians and, in most jurisdictions, other health care professionals.


The FSMB is an innovative leader, helping state medical boards shape the future of medical regulation by protecting the public and promoting quality health care.


The FSMB serves as the voice for state medical boards, supporting them through education, assessment, research and advocacy while providing services and initiatives that promote patient safety, quality health care and regulatory best practices.

Strategic Goals

Serve state medical boards by promoting best practices and providing policies, advocacy, and other resources that add to their effectiveness.

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FSMB History

FSMB History: A Century of Service to State Medical Boards

Over the course of a century, the FSMB has grown from a small annual gathering of state board executive officers with no permanent staff or headquarters to a vibrant national organization staffed by nearly 200 employees in Texas and our nation's capital.

Since its inception in 1912, the FSMB has grown in the range of its services to state medical and osteopathic boards charged with protecting the public health and interests in their respective states. From providing assessment tools to policy documents, from credentialing to disciplinary alert services, the FSMB has served the interests of its member boards.

"Medical Licensing and Discipline in America: A History of the Federation of State Medical Boards" relates the history of the FSMB and the evolution over several centuries of America’s state-based system for medical licensure and discipline.