JONATHAN FREEMAN, M.D.
To the editor: One feels compelled to comment on Schumacher's study of the American Board of Internal Medicine written examination and the accompanying editorial (pp. 131-135 and 142-144, January 1973 issue). For those of us who work full-time in a teaching institution, certification by the Board will never be a "gateway to professional eminence and its economic advantages." However, as we move toward a more centralized form of health care delivery, certification by the Board may become more important than is suggested by that phrase.
Recognizing this importance, a careful scientific eye should be cast on the evaluation proceedures. The
FREEMAN J. Board Examination. Ann Intern Med. ;78:792–793. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-5-792
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(5):792-793.
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