August 1981

Recertification in Surgery, 1980

Author Affiliations

From the American Board of Surgery (Drs Cruft and Humphreys) and the American Board of Internal Medicine (Dr Meskauskas), Philadelphia; and the Department of General Surgery, Cleveland Clinic (Dr Hermann).

Arch Surg. 1981;116(8):1093-1096. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380200089020

• The first recertification process of the American Board of Surgery was completed in 1980. The process consisted of a review of diplomates' credentials, peer review, a requirement for continuing education in surgery, submission of an operative experience list, and a multiple-choice examination. Of the 478 diplomates who completed the process, 471 were recertified. The mean score for participants in the examination was 82.8% correct. The passing score was 67.2% correct. An analysis of examination scores, correlated with biographic and demographic data, showed that the highest scores were achieved by the younger diplomates and those who indicated that their practice was full-time academic.

(Arch Surg 1981;116:1093-1096)