In January 2002, FSMB contacted ACGME with concerns that when programs close the resident records are often difficult to locate or have been destroyed. The Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS), a division of the FSMB, performs credentialing verification for physicians seeking licensure. Once FCVS has collected the credentials of a physician, those records are permanently maintained and stored so the physician is able to access them whenever he or she wishes. Both the physician and FSMB become frustrated when his or her residency records are unobtainable and therefore, he or she cannot get licensed. At this time, ACGME agreed to allow us to post our message regarding records retention on their website. Read the full message here.
The Federation of State Medical Boards has been in existence since 1912. One of the largest functions the Federation performs is data retention and dissemination for our member state medical and osteopathic boards. It just seemed natural that our organization could retain the resident's records for future use.
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