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Measuring Medical Education.

HUGH A. CARITHERS, MD
Am J Dis Child. 1972;123(3):266-267. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110090136031.
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For physicians this is an age of The Test. Not little tests, such as professors were using before radical changes in curricula with ungraded electives became popular in medical schools, but big tests affecting the very essence of career. Beginning with aptitude testing that influences his selection for medical school, the medical student usually takes part one of the National Board of Medical Examiners after two years of study and part two near the conclusion of his senior year. Part three is taken by many after interne experience. Many states accept these National Boards in lieu of state sponsored examinations. After this the graduate starts working toward written, and usually, oral examinations for certification in a specialty, including family practice. Recertification has been recommended and some specialty boards are studying the advisability of retesting their diplomates every few years.

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