OF THE offices held and duties I was privileged to participate in on the regional and national scene, the most satisfying for me was serving as a director of and as an officer on the American Board of Surgery. Via service on that body, I was asked to be a director on 2 other boards: the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Family Practice.
My service with the American Board of Surgery began in 1974 as one of the examiners (a position newly created by the board that year to help cope with the ever-increasing numbers of surgeons eligible to sit for examination). All of us in the category of examiner had privileges identical to those who were directors of the board, with the exception of voting rights. After 3 years as an examiner, the next 6 years were spent as an elected director of that body.
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