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June 7, 1965

The Present Position of the National Board of Medical Examiners

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From the National Board of Medical Examiners, Philadelphia.

JAMA. 1965;192(10):824-827. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080230030007

Dr. Womack has reviewed the evolution of the National Board of Examiners and the reasons leading to its growth during the past 50 years. My assignment is to take stock of our posture today and, perhaps more particularly, to look ahead. Where are we going? Where will we be ten years from now? What paths are we taking to get there? It is a timely assignment to stop and take stock during this anniversary year. But to endeavor to look ahead is both uncertain and hazardous.

In contemplating this assignment, I took heart from the words of that well-known elder statesman and medical pundit, Willard Rappleye, who, in his Alpha Omega Alpha address a year ago, opened his discussion, "Emerging Patterns of American Medicine," with these words: "Whatever is likely to happen ten years from now is already happening because there are no sudden breaks in history." This concept clarifies

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