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Data Definitions - Health Professions Terms

Active Licensed individuals who are currently practicing in their respective field.
Inactive Licensed individuals who are retired, employed in another field, or otherwise not practicing in their respective field.
Unknown Activity Status Licensed individuals for whom practice status is not reported. Experience has shown that these are usually persons just entering their field. For most purposes they are considered active.
In-State Licensed individuals who practice in North Carolina if they are active or who reside in North Carolina if they are inactive. If business county is missing for active individuals, home county is used.
Out-of-State Licensed individuals who practice outside of North Carolina if they are active or who reside outside of North Carolina if they are inactive. If business county is missing for active individuals, home county is used.
Physician Doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy licensed by the NC Medical Board.
Federal Physician 1994-present: Physician whose principal employer is the federal government. This includes physicians in the armed services, US Public Health Service, Indian Health Service, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Prior to 1994: Physician whose principal setting of primary practice is a health facility on a military installation, in a V.A. hospital, in the Public Health Service, in the Indian Health Service, or in another federal health facility. Federally-funded primary health care clinics serving the private sector are not considered a federal facility.
Resident Physician A physician who is presently enrolled in a postgraduate medical education training program at Duke University Medical Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-UNC Hospitals, East Carolina University-Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Wake Forest University School of Medicine-North Carolina Baptist Hospitals, Greensboro AHEC-Moses Cone Hospital, Charlotte AHEC-Carolinas Medical Center, Coastal AHEC-New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Mountain AHEC in Asheville, Southern Regional AHEC in Fayetteville, and Cabarrus Memorial Hospital. (Definition of the NC Medical Board)
Mid-level Provider Prior to 1995: A physician assistant, nurse or other skilled provider qualified by formal academic and clinical training to provide independent patient medical services under the direction of a physician. (Definition of the Instruction Manual for the BCHS Common Reporting Requirements, January 1978).
                    

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The data for the North Carolina Health Professions Data System are provided to the respective licensing boards by health professionals at the time of initial licensure or renewal. The data are tabulated by the Sheps Center but at all times remain the property of the boards.

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