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(1) Appointment of Board Members

Board members are generally appointed by the State governor from a list of members recommended by the State professional associations. This interaction between the boards and the professional associations represents an area of possible public perception of conflict of interest.

Tables 1 and 2 above demonstrate the years of experience required for appointment to the board. • Experience requirements for appointment to

the board were indicated by 63 percent (121) of the professionals surveyed. However, the least support for the experience requirement was displayed by MDs and DOs with nearly half of those surveyed indicating that there is no experience requirement for appointment (Table 1). Overall, 58 percent (112) indicated that 1 to 5 years experience was required. A substantial number, 40 percent (77), did not answer (Table 2).

Table 3: Primary Communication Media Between Boards and Licensees

The following are the "actual responses" for this table. Abbreviated forms have been used to permit the simultaneous comparison of data for all six professions. • Informational material mailed with licenses

State board newsletter • Association or society newsletter

Direct Mail • Annual Report.

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Table 4: State Board Funds

The following are the “actual responses" for this table. Abbreviated forms have been used to permit simultaneous comparison of data for all six professions. • License and permits

State revenue funds • State general funds • State discretionary funds.

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ance of newsletters and journals as a means of communication yielded a poor resonse, 69 percent (135), and the tabulated data are not included here. The data did, however, point out that pharmacists do communicate primarily by newsletters or journals, in most cases on a quarterly basis.

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All questions and their corresponding tables regarding the financing of licensure boards were forwarded to the same "select group" of respondents as noted earlier. The following sources of funds are utilized either singly or in combination by State boards.

Funds from Collected Fees
Licensing fees are usually collected from pro-

fessionals licensed within the States.
Special Funds

Some States benefit from special or discretionary funds established by the State legislature and separate from general fund appropriations. This source of funding is uncommon and is usually subject to political and economic constraints.

(3) Financing of Licensure Boards

The boards engage in numerous enforcement and judicial activities which require the services of lawyers, investigators, and staff. Adequate and consistent funding is necessary to maintain the effectiveness of the boards.

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