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Auris Nasus Larynx. 2014 Aug;41(4):327-30. doi: 10.1016/j.anl.2013.10.019. Epub 2014 Feb 26.

Japanese Board Certification System for head and neck surgeons.

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1
Department of Head and Neck Oncology, National Cancer Center Hospital, Japan. Electronic address: seyoshim@ncc.go.jp.
2
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Kyushu University, Japan.
3
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Osaka Medical Center for Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases, Japan.
4
Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Miyagi Cancer Center, Japan.
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Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Kobe University, Japan.
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Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, University of Tokyo, Japan.
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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Nagoya University, Japan.
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Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Aichi Cancer Center Hospital, Japan.
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Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Hokkaido University, Japan.
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Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Shikoku Cancer Center, Japan.
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Department of Otolaryngology, Tokai University, Japan.
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Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Saitama Medical University International Medical Center, Japan.
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Department of Head and Neck Oncology and Surgery, International University of Health and Welfare, Mita Hospital, Japan.
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Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan.
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Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Kyorin University, Japan.
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Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Japan.

Abstract

The Japan Society for Head and Neck Surgery (JSHNS) started a board certification system for head and neck surgeons in 2010. To become certified, the following qualification and experiences are required: (1) board certification as otorhinolaryngologist, (2) 2 years of clinical experience in a board-certified training facility, (3) clinical care of 100 patients with head and neck cancer under the supervision of board-certified faculty and (4) surgical experience in 50 major head and neck surgical procedures, including 20 neck dissections, under the supervision of board-certified faculty. The following scientific activities are also required during the preceding 5 years: (1) two clinical papers on head and neck cancers presented at major scientific meetings, (2) one clinical paper on head and neck cancer published in a major journal, (3) attendance at two annual meetings of JSHNS and (4) enrolment in three educational programs approved by JSHNS. The qualifying examination consists of multiple choice tests and oral examinations. A total of 151 head and neck surgeons were certified in 2010 followed by 43 in 2011 and 34 in 2012, while the membership of JSHNS dramatically increased from 1201 in 2007 to 1748 in 2013. Although the board certification system for head and neck surgeons was started only recently, it has encouraged many residents and fellows as well as established head and neck surgeons. We believe that this system will contribute to further advancement in the clinical practice for head and neck cancers in Japan.

KEYWORDS:

Board certification; Curriculum; Examination; Training facility

PMID:
24581685
DOI:
10.1016/j.anl.2013.10.019
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