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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014 Aug;53(9):854-7. doi: 10.1177/0009922814533407. Epub 2014 May 6.

Residencies with dual internal medicine and pediatrics programs outperform others on the American Board of Pediatrics Certifying Examination.

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Owensboro Health, Owensboro, KY, USA john.falconemd@owensborohealth.org.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose was to evaluate American Board of Pediatrics Certifying Examination performance based on if a residency offers a dual internal medicine-pediatrics program, hypothesizing that having a dual-accreditation program is associated with higher exam performance.

METHODS:

Pediatric residency programs in the United States were retrospectively evaluated from 2010 to 2012. The accreditation status was determined. Mann-Whitney U tests were performed for continuous variables, and χ(2) tests were performed for categorical variables, using an α = .05.

RESULTS:

For 190 residencies, 75 (39%) had dual Med-Peds accreditation whereas 115 (61%) did not. The median overall residency pass rate for Med-Peds accredited programs (83%; interquartile range = 74% to 91%) was higher than other programs (78%; interquartile range = 65% to 89%; P = .02). The pass rate for examinees from Med-Peds accredited programs (n = 4,108; 84.2%) was higher than examinees from other programs (n = 4,310; 79.6%; P < .001).

CONCLUSIONS:

The presence of a dual-accreditation residency program should be a consideration of future applicants.

KEYWORDS:

Med-Peds; certification; educational measurement; internal medicine; pediatrics; specialty boards

PMID:
24803632
DOI:
10.1177/0009922814533407
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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