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April 2007

Maintenance of Certification for American Board of Otolaryngology–Certified Otolaryngologists–Head and Neck Surgeons

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Copyright 2007 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2007

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007;133(4):318-319. doi:10.1001/archotol.133.4.318

Many otolaryngologists perceive board certification as passing the written and oral examinations given by the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto). The certification process actually begins when a resident enters training. The resident must register with the ABOto so that the board can track his or her progress. Annually, the program director completes a form indicating the progress the resident is making and assuring that the resident receives credit for that year of training. At the residency completion, the program director must then sign the resident's application to take the examination affirming that the resident is medically and professionally qualified.