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August 1, 2004

Teaching for the Examination: Is That the Desired Outcome?

Arch Surg. 2004;139(8):913-914. doi:10.1001/archsurg.139.8.913-b

The recent ARCHIVES article by de Virgilio et al1 left me with a sense of dismay and déjà vu. The authors describe the improvement of resident scores on the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE) by administering weekly tests to the surgery residents at Harbor–UCLA Medical Center (Torrance, Calif). It is a story I have witnessed many times as the father of 3 grown children and husband to a middle school teacher. The authors of this article have proved what all parents and teachers have known for generations: To pass the test you must study the material!

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