THE BACKGROUND of the development of the American Boards in general, and the American Board of Surgery in particular, has been well presented by Rodman, Harvey, and others. This discussion will deal particularly with the problem of examinations as a part of the function of the Board in assaying the qualifications of candidates.
The acceptance of the concept of a qualifying Board for the various specialties has been widespread and has greatly exceeded the expectations of its founders. The success which the American Board of Surgery presently enjoys has been attained in the absence of advertising or any organized effort to promote it. It simply has gone forward on its own initiative. Therefore it seems that anything which thrives, as this has, with no organizational program, must have something good about it.
The good, as I see it, is that it has stimulated, on a purely volunteer basis, a formal
CHAFFIN L. EXAMINATION BY THE AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERYReport to the Western Surgical Association, 1953. AMA Arch Surg. 1954;68(4):403-407. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1954.01260050405001