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Date Updated: November 10, 2011

Benefits of Physician Assessment

Responding to quality of care concerns, assessment of a currently or previously licensed physician can assist medical organizations and physicians with questions about:

  • Appropriateness of decision-making needed for adequate patient management
  • Timing of response to pertinent patient presentations and clinical data
  • Depth and breadth of clinical knowledge necessary to address patient needs
  • Ability to respond to and make appropriate decisions in stressful situations
  • Consistency of care provided
  • Other issues related to patient care management

Medical organizations may also consider a referral for assessment in the following situations:

  • Evaluation of the clinical competence of a physician who has been out of practice for an extended period
  • Identification of educational activities needed to enhance physician practice patterns or assist in career transitions
  • Review of the clinical capabilities of a physician with personal health concerns including recovery from disabling illness or injury, neurocognitive concerns, substance abuse, or other issues that may impact practice

The PLAS programs have assessed hundreds of physicians over the past several years for reasons that range from endorsement of licensure to license reactivation after disciplinary action.

Contact Information

Post-Licensure Assessment System
National Board of Medical Examiners
3750 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104



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