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Maintenance of licensure (MOL) is a new 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.
A partnership of local and national medical organizations is beginning to develop MOL pilot projects in Colorado. The top priority is to create a system that does not impose burdens on physicians or get in the way of patient care. To that point, the partnership is putting a strong emphasis on gathering input from physicians and taking the time needed to build an effective system: we want and need to hear their ideas and input at every step of the way. We invite anyone with an interest to join in the conversation as we move forward. Please take a moment to provide your input by completing this 10 minute survey at www.nbme.org/physician-survey.
While an initial medical license can be considered a “snapshot” of skills, knowledge and competence at the beginning of a career, MOL is intended to ensure continued professional development over the length of a career.
Moving Forward with MOL in Colorado
Because this is a new system that will impact the way physicians renew their licenses, the partner organizations are moving forward very carefully, thoughtfully and methodically to ensure the system is sound and well designed. The top priority is to create a system that does not impose burdens on physicians or get in the way of patient care.
The development of MOL in Colorado is being led by the Colorado Medical Society, Colorado Society of Osteopathic Medicine and the Colorado Medical Board, with support from the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), and American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Pilot projects will begin in 2013, with physicians playing an integral role in developing the MOL process. An emphasis is being put on gathering input from physicians: the agencies above want to hear their ideas and input at every step of the way. Anyone with an interest is invited to join the conversation as we move forward.