Puerto Rico Medical Board - Under Investigation!
The Puerto Rico Medical Board is currently under investigation by either the FSMB or the Federal Government. A Grand Jury has been interviewing Staff Members of the Puerto Rico Medical Board concerning fraudulent examination score reports. Over the past 2 years, Examination Score reports have been forged and sent out to State Medical Boards, Hospitals, and other Institutions on behalf of Physicians who did not achieve a passing score on the Puerto Rico State Medical Examination. Evidently, the person or persons committing this crime, used the same exam score for all exam reports and only changed the name of the physician on the report. It is not clear as to the findings of the investigation.
The practical issues which this has caused concern the licensure of Physicians coming from Puerto Rico applying to other Medical Boards. The Puerto Rico Medical Board is months behind on the processing of its' mail. All certification requests and examination requests are being delayed. The more serious matter involves the move by West Virginia to reject the Puerto Rico Medical Examination. As with any case of Fraud, it is the innocent who pay the price. Hopefully, Washington State will not move to take reciprocal action.