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March 1969

Specialty Certification

Author Affiliations

Miami, Fla

Arch Dermatol. 1969;99(3):280-282. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610210034007

CERTIFICATION of specialists followed the improvement in medical education after the Flexner Report in 1910.1 The license to practice medicine is largely regulated by state boards of medical examiners. There are no provisions for determining the qualifications of a physician who has acquired special knowledge or training in some limited field. It is understandable that the first certifying board would be that of the ophthalmologist (American Board of Ophthalmology, 1916) as he sought to disentangle his work from a broader field of specialized medicine (eye, ear, nose, and throat) and the optometrist, a nonmedical group. The development of certification and the history of the American Board of Dermatology and other organizations in our field were reviewed and presented by a former secretary of our board in April 1963.2 The American Board of Dermatology was established in 1932 and a fair number of dermatologists who are still in practice

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