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August 26, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(9):731-734. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800340001001

The sore spot in graduate ophthalmologic teaching still seems to be the inadequate provision for training the general practitioner who is undertaking to become a specialist. One example will present the situation. Take the case of one physician for ten years in general practice. He then spent six months taking special courses at a mediocre eye and ear hospital. Although he had some doubts as to the quality of the instruction he had received, he emerged to specialize in ophthalmology and otolaryngology. Several years of experience have now increased his misgivings as to his qualifications. At present he wishes the certificate of the American Board of Ophthalmology but is more than simply dubious about his fitness to take the examinations. Yet by this time his hospital service and personal responsibilities preclude his taking time out for consecutive formal study. Members of the examining board who conducted conferences with possible candidates

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