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Maryland Manual, 1979-80
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The practice of medicine was first regulated in
Maryland by Chapter 429, Acts of 1888, which
required that the State Board of Health license all
physicians. By Chapter 296, Acts of 1892, the
General Assembly created two Boards of Medical
Examiners to carry on this function, one to repre-
sent the Medical and Chinirgical Faculty and the
other the State Homeopathic Society. The Legis-
lature of 1957 abolished the Homeopathic Board
and the practice of medicine in Maryland is now
regulated by one Board, composed of eight
members elected from and by the members of the
Medical and Chirurgical Faculty (State Medical
Society). Two members are elected each year to
serve for four-year terms. All members must be in
active practice in the State (Code 1957, Art. 43,
sees. 119-149).

The Board tests and licenses physicians for the
legal practice of medicine in the State and for cer-
tain causes may revoke the license of any physi-
cian. Candidates for licenses must be graduates of
medical schools approved by the American Medi-
cal Association and the Association of American
Medical Colleges, or of foreign medical schools
that offer an equivalent education. All graduates
of foreign medical schools who apply after Janu-
ary 1, 1959, must pass the examination given by
the Educational Council for Foreign Medical
Graduates. The Board determines qualifications
for practice by 1) the FLEX (Federal Licensing
Examination); 2) endorsement of licenses
obtained in a reciprocating state; or 3) endorse-
ment of a certificate of the National Board of
Medical Examiners. FLEX examinations are held
in June and December of each year.

Effective June 1, 1967, the Board of Medical
Examiners began licensing certain osteopaths
on the basis of endorsement, depending upon
their qualifications (Code 1957, Art. 43, sec.


President: Edith Nickel, R.N„ 1980
Secretary-Treasurer: Gertrude Hodges, R.N., 1981

Deane F. Fassett, 1979; Gladys Peevy, 1979; Do-
ris H. Reese, 1979; Shirley Lou Smack, 1979;
Charles W. Henkle, 1980; Jean S. Frizzell,
1981; Ruth Dorman, 1981.

Dr. Loretta Richardson, Acting Executive Director

201 W. Preston Street
Baltimore 21201 Telephone: 383-2084

This Board, created by Chapter 172, Acts of
1904, as amended by Chapter 122, Acts of 1973,
consists of nine members. Three must be licensed
practical nurses and six must be registered nurses,
all of whom are appointed by the Governor upon
the recommendation of the Secretary of Health
and Mental Hygiene for three-year terms. As va-
cancies occur, the Maryland Nurses Association
and the Maryland Licensed Practical Nurses As-
sociation, as the case may be, submit to the Gov-
ernor and to the Secretary of Health and Mental
Hygiene the names of five of its members from
which the Governor selects appointees. The
Board examines all applicants for registration as
registered nurses and as licensed practical nurses
and issues the proper certificates. It keeps a regis-
ter of the names of all registered nurses and all li-
censed practical nurses, which is open at all rea-
sonable times to public scrutiny. The Board
renews registered nurse and licensed practical
nurse licenses biennially. The Board prescribes
standards for nursing education programs and
surveys such programs as are necessary in order
to meet the requirements of the Board (Code
1957, Art. 43, sees. 290-302).

The Board cooperates with the National
League for Nursing in the preparation of its State
Board Test Pool Licensing Examinations and uses
these examinations.


Chairperson:UaT}one L. C. Maguire, 1979

Vice-Chairperson: Sr. Mary Karen McNally, R.N.,

Virgil A. Halbert, 1979; John H. Seyle, 1979;
Jules 1. Cahan, 1980; Patricia Lusk, 1980; Har-
vey Wertlieb, 1980; Margaret MaeGregor,
1981; Jack D. Stoeber, 1981.

Howard E. White, Executive Secretary

301 W. Preston Street
Baltimore 21201 Telephone: 383-2547

The Board of Examiners of Nursing Home
Administrators was established by Chapter 262,
Acts of 1970, to examine, license, and register
nursing home administrators.

The Board consists of nine members appointed
by the Governor upon the recommendation of the
Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene for
three-year terms. The Governor designates the
chairperson and the vice-chairperson, while the

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