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Am J Surg. 2010 Feb;199(2):216-22. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2009.03.006. Epub 2009 Nov 5.

American Board of Surgery examinations: can we identify surgery residency applicants and residents who will pass the examinations on the first attempt?

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  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Wichita, KS, USA. shellitojl@wichitaclinic.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The Residency Review Committee requires that 65% of general surgery residents pass the American Board of Surgery qualifying and certifying examinations on the first attempt. The aim of this study was to identify predictors of successful first-attempt completion of the examinations.

METHODS:

Age, sex, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society status, class rank, honors in third-year surgery clerkship, interview score, rank list number, National Board of Medical Examiners/United States Medical Licensing Examination scores, American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination scores, resident awards, and faculty evaluations of senior residents were reviewed. Graduates who passed both examinations on the first attempt were compared with those who failed either examination on the first attempt.

RESULTS:

No subjective evaluations of performance predicted success other than resident awards. Significant objective predictors of successful first-attempt completion of the examinations were Alpha Omega Alpha status, ranking within the top one third of one's medical student class, National Board of Medical Examiners/United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 (>200, top 50%) and Step 2 (>186.5, top 3 quartiles) scores, and American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination scores >50th percentile (postgraduate years 1 and 3) and >33rd percentile (postgraduate years 4 and 5).

CONCLUSIONS:

Residency programs can use this information in selecting residents and in identifying residents who may need remediation.

Copyright 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

PMID:
19892313
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