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October 18, 2010

What Is Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery?

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010;136(10):947-948. doi:10.1001/archoto.2010.171

The broad dynamic specialty of otolaryngology has evolved over its long rich history by embracing scientific advances and new technology. The American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto) in cooperation with the Residency Review Committee in Otolaryngology and the Education Council developed a residency curriculum that defines otolaryngology and an optimal residency experience. This significant project has been expertly led by Bruce Gantz, MD, and the resulting residency curriculum is available at http://www.ABOto.org. This curriculum is the basis for the primary ABOto certifying examination, a well-remembered milestone for each of us. Maintenance of Certification (MOC), however, has raised some new and interesting questions. The MOC process includes ongoing evaluation of the general competencies in medical knowledge, patient care, practice-based learning and improvement, communication, professionalism, and systems-based practice.

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