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Downloadable MOL Resources:

MOL: A Special Report  
MOL is a proposed system of continuous professional development that would require physicians to verify their ongoing involvement in lifelong learning as a condition of license renewal. 2012 has been an important year in the FSMB's long-term initiative to introduce a Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) system in the United States. With advancement of an implementation strategy for MOL, we have been working diligently with member boards. The MOL framework helps address these concerns by envisioning three components (reflective self-assessment, assessment of knowledge and skills, and performance in practice) that would be periodically required of actively licensed physicians in their area of practice as a requirement to renew their license. Learn more...

 

MOL: Evolving from Framework to Implementation 
Shortly after April 2010, following the adoption by its House of Delegates of a framework for Maintenance of Licensure (MOL), the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) began earnest deliberations and discussions to facilitate MOL process design and implementation by interested state medical and osteopathic boards. An MOL Implementation Group established by the FSMB has since developed a series of practical recommendations addressing such issues as the optimum timing and periodicity of a state board's MOL requirements and the role of specialty board recertification and continuing medical education (CME). Learn more...

 

 MOL: Frequently Asked Questions  

Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) is a process by which licensed physicians periodically provide, as a condition of license renewal, evidence that they are actively participating in a program of continuous professional development that is relevant to their areas of practice, measured against objective data sources and aimed at improving performance over time. MOL encourages and supports lifelong learning by all physicians and creates a system to confirm their practice improvement efforts. The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), the non-profit organization that represents the nation's 70 state medical boards, is working with its member boards to develop an MOL system for the United States. Learn more...

 

 MOL: The Evidence and Rationale for Maintenance of Licensure  

A B S T R ACT: Fulfilling a statutory responsibility to protect the public within their jurisdictions, state medical boards have been working with the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and collaborating organizations to thoughtfully explore pathways and procedures by which Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) may be implemented for physicians in the years ahead. As a better understanding emerges of the types of continuing medical education (CME) and continuous professional development (CPD) activities physicians already engage in, and the resources that may be necessary for state boards to meaningfully implement MOL, questions have sometimes arisen about the value of these activities in contributing to quality health care and improved patient outcomes. Learn more...