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May 1974

Proposal For Board Requirement Change

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San Bruno, Calif

Arch Dermatol. 1974;109(5):738. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630050072031

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To the Editor.—  I have recently submitted to the American Board of Dermatology, Inc., and to Frederick A. J. Kingery, MD, president of the American Academy of Dermatology, Inc., a detailed proposal for a change in board requirements. The subject deals with reforms that would largely satisfy the recertification and/or relicensure requests that the public, politicians, third parties, and many dermatologists are now making. The proposed change would demonstrate who are the highly qualified, defined clinical dermatologic experts.In this short letter, I shall not review the current standards for board eligibility and/or retention of the diploma, but will only briefly summarize the introduced revisions.Participants eligible for board examination would take a resident's examination to be given perhaps in April (ie, late in the residency). This examination represents a small change, since it requires only a bit less total time and experience than is currently required. The resident's examination

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