IN 1965, the American Board of Surgery started requiring each applicant to submit a list of operative procedures performed by him during his period of graduate education. The procedures are listed in two categories; those performed inthe years prior to his final year of residency and those for which he was responsible in his final year. The list corresponds to that utilized by the Conference Committee on Graduate Education in Surgery. The board initiated this requirement for several reasons. The members of the board wished to conduct an analysis of the operative experience of residents in different types of programs and on the different surgical specialty services through which general surgical residents rotate. The members also were interested in the effect of the Medicare and Medicaid programs upon the progressive operative experience of residents during their period of graduate education. The accumulation of this information was not designed to be
Holden WD. American Board of Surgery. Arch Surg. 1969;98(2):129–130. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1969.01340080021001
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