The task assigned me was to study the requirements for eligibility of candidates for examination and certification as prescribed by the various special boards and to discuss reasons for divergences of these requirements from those recommended by the Advisory Board for Medical Specialties. Accordingly, to make comparison easy, I have tabulated the eligibility requirements listed by the several boards, including not only items concerning which the Advisory Board has offered advice but also those about which it has made no recommendations. In discussing them we should remind ourselves that the recommendations of the Advisory Board are not binding; that some of them need not be complied with before Jan. 1, 1942; that some of the special boards existed and had formulated their rules before the Advisory Board was established; that certain of this board's recommendations have been broadly expressed, leaving considerable latitude for substantial conformity to them; that as to
KIRKLIN BR. SUMMARY OF ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS OF CERTIFYING BOARDS. JAMA. 1941;116(23):2616–2618. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.62820230017023
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