Just 10 years ago the American Board of Otolaryngology, after a review of the status of otolaryngology during and following World War II, decided the training of otolaryngologists needed strengthening. It ruled that all applicants for certification by the Board would be required to have three years of residency in otolaryngology if they began their training after July 1, 1950. At the time, there were not a few who expressed concern about this increase in the length of training. Today, however, there is no thought of a return to the former two years. There is universal acknowledgement that this move has been productive of great benefits to otolaryngology.Ten years have passed since the announcement of this ruling. During these years, a more systematic and thorough system of appraising the residencies in otolaryngology in this country has been established. The appraisal body is known as the Residency Review Committee
HOOPLE GD. Comments on a Fourth Year of Training for Certification in Otolarynogology. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;68(4):433–436. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730020451005
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