Recertification in surgery, 1980

Arch Surg. 1981 Aug;116(8):1093-6. doi: 10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380200089020.


The first recertification process of the American Board of Surgery was completed in 1980. The process consisted of a review of diplomates' credentials, peer review, a requirement for continuing education in surgery, submission of an operative experience list, and a multiple-choice examination. Of the 478 diplomates who completed the process, 471 were recertified. The mean score for participants in the examination was 82.8% correct. The passing score was 67.2% correct. An analysis of examination scores, correlated with biographic and demographic data, showed that the highest scores were achieved by the younger diplomates and those who indicated that their practice was full-time academic.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Certification / history
  • Certification / standards*
  • General Surgery / education
  • General Surgery / history
  • General Surgery / standards*
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Peer Review
  • United States