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To the Editor:
—The creation of a Certificate of Ophthalmic Surgery by the American Board of Ophthalmology has been announced in the American Journal of Ophthalmology and in the A. M. A. Archives of Ophthalmology (March, 1957, page 476). The following are some thoughts concerning this announcement.The proposal to create a certification in Ophthalmic Surgery contains several unfavorable aspects.First, it will lower the prestige of the American Board of Ophthalmology.Second, it will brand as surgically incompetent all ophthalmologists who fail to possess this certificate.The requirements for certification in ophthalmic surgery will be extremely difficult to obtain in areas of smaller population. There are many specialists certified by the Board practicing today in areas in which neither the surgical volume nor the necessary certified colleagues are easily available. This, of necessity, may prevent them from obtaining certification and will indirectly and unjustly brand these men as incompetent
Canniff JC. CERTIFICATE IN OPHTHALMIC SURGERY. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1957;58(2):286-287. doi:10.1001/archopht.1957.00940010298018