The Houston Chronicle editorializes that overregulation of medical training in some states hurts efforts to train physicians in surgery and other specialties. In this case it refers to telementoring, an educational initiative between doctors. not to be confused with telemedicine, the distance relationship between physician and patient.
The problem is that most states, including Texas, ”require a physician to obtain a medical license in that state before serving as a mentor.”The Chronicle asserts that this regulation ”is overkill and makes no sense. Doctors and surgeons should be able to learn from and teach doctors around the country no matter where they are licensed. Texas could become a national leader in physician best practices by clarifying its licensing requirements to allow doctors and surgeons in all areas of practice to enter into mentor relationships with experts and learners out of state. ”