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The present trend toward specialization in medicine with the lack of fixed minimum requirements for training and experience in special work has called attention repeatedly of late to the urgent need for official recognition and certification in the United States of fully qualified specialists in various branches of medicine.
Examining boards have been established and functioning for several years in ophthalmology, otolaryngology, obstetrics and gynecology, dermatology and, more recently, pediatrics. Boards are now being formed in radiology and orthopedic surgery as well as in several other special branches of medicine. Citizens of the United States and Canada are equally eligible for examination.
Each of these boards is composed of members appointed by the nationally recognized special societies and the related sections of the American Medical Association.
Their requirements and examinations for certification are rigid and searching and a recent editorial in The Journal of the American Medical Association makes the
News and Comment: CERTIFICATION OF SPECIALISTS IN MEDICINE. Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;19(5):638–639. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03790050103017
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