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Maintenance of Certification and the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

George C. Smith Sr, MD1
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1Alabama Medical Licensure Commission, Lineville
JAMA. 2015;314(9):951-952. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.8906.
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To the Editor Drs Teirstein and Topol1 suggested that the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact being enacted by states requires physician participation in maintenance of certification (MOC). This is not the case.

The Compact includes 9 eligibility requirements, such as successful completion of graduate medical education approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association, specialty certification or a time-unlimited specialty certificate recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties or the American Osteopathic Association’s Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists, no conviction for any offense, and no disciplinary action by a medical licensing agency in any state, federal, or foreign jurisdiction.2


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September 1, 2015
Paul Teirstein, MD; Eric J. Topol, MD
1Scripps Clinic, Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, La Jolla, California
2Scripps Translational Science Institute, Scripps Health, La Jolla, California
JAMA. 2015;314(9):952. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.8912.
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