Development of the American Board of Otolaryngology

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American Board of Otolaryngology
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Dr. William B. Clark is the owner of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, located in Pensacola. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Dr. William B. Clark specializes in ear, nose, and throat diagnosis and treatment.

Otolaryngologists are doctors trained in the field of ear, nose, and throat concerns and diseases, such as allergies or sinus issues. In addition, they often manage issues surrounding the external neck and head.

In order to become an otolaryngologist, a doctor must undergo many years of medical training, and then be certified with the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto).

The ABOto developed out of a 1912 meeting of the Triological Society, a long-standing medical association. The society suggested the creation of a board responsible for otolaryngology certification. In 1924, the ABOto was tasked with developing the accreditation exam that would certify ear, nose, and throat specialists. The exam began as an oral test, with a practical component that included real patients suffering from related conditions.

Today, the ABOto administers a revised version of the multiple choice examination established in the 1970s.