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March 1986

Utilization of In-Training Examination Results

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of Maryland Baltimore, MD 21201
Department of Pediatrics Marshall University School of Medicine 1801 Sixth Ave Huntington, WV 25701

Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(3):188-189. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140170014007

Sir.—Burg1 has recently raised a number of questions concerning the current system of education and evaluation of pediatricians. One aspect of the process, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) in-training examination (ITE), is widely used by pediatric residency programs to assess annually the cognitive knowledge and problem-solving skills of residents, to familiarize residents with the ABP certifying examination format, and to internally evaluate the adequacy of graduate medical education curricula.2,3 Although the validity and reliability of the ITE as a measure of competency may be questioned, positive correlation has been demonstrated with faculty ratings on a pediatric inpatient rotation, past performance on the Medical College Admission Test, and college grade point average.4,5 Past analysis of the ITE has indicated that the examination appropriately measures longstanding core pediatric knowledge.6 We present and evaluate a method of analyzing and concisely summarizing ITE results for optimal utilization of

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