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October 8, 1960


JAMA. 1960;174(6):572. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030060004007

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Perusal of the section of this issue having to do with announcements of changes in the requirements of the various American specialty boards for certification in certain of the subspecialties reveals a difference in philosophy as to the mechanisms by which specialists may qualify for subspecialty certification.

Whereas the American Board of Internal Medicine has indicated that it will continue to certify in four subspecialties, the Council has agreed to discontinue the listing of approved residencies in those subspecialties. The general philosophy is that mature young physicians who have completed the formal requirements for general certification in internal medicine and who have decided upon further subspecialty training should have no need for a list of approved training programs in order to determine the pattern and location of training opportunities that would enable them to obtain the types of knowledge specified by the subspecialty boards. The medical subspecialty boards have described

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