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Association Between Resident Physician Training Experience and Program-Level Performance on Board Examinations

Nov. 6, 2019 Media Contact: Alyson Maloney , 215-568-4000

Successful completion of both the General Surgery Qualifying Examination (QE) and General Surgery Certifying Examination (CE) is required for a candidate to obtain certification from the American Board of Surgery (ABS). While success on the program-administered ABS ABS In-Training Examination (ABSITE) is associated with QE performance, little research has been done to evaluate correlations with performance on the CE. Additionally, relationships between resident training experience and their examination performance is largely unknown.

This new study examines associations between surgical resident physicians’ perceptions of their education and program-level performance on the ABS board examinations.

To view the study and its results, please visit the JAMA website (subscription required).