The Federation of State Medical Boards has chosen one of its former presidents, Barbara Schneidman, M.D., to serve as its interim president and chief executive officer. She starts Jan. 1 and replaces James Thompson, M.D., whose last day was Oct. 31.
Schneidman, 64, was the boards 70th president and served 1991 to1992. Since then, the title for the Dallas-based organizations top member leadership post has been changed to chairman, while president is now the title used for the top staff leadership position.
Schneidman currently works as the American Medical Associations vice president of medical education, and is also an associate professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern Universitys Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago. From 1993 to 1998, she was the associate vice president for the American Board of Medical Specialties. She currently serves on the federations work group on Education of Medical Students and Residents on Professionalism & the Relationship to Licensure and Regulation, and previously was a member of the Washington State Board of Medical Examiners.
Thompson, who announced his resignation Oct. 17, joined the federation as its CEO in March 2002. He is credited with advocating patient safety, developing policy and educational resources to assist state boards in promoting safe and effective treatment of pain, and making it easier for physicians to practice across state borders, a news release stated.
According to the release, he left to spend more time with his family and explore other interests. -- by Andis Robeznieks