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Research Letter
November 6, 2019

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

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  • 1Feinberg School of Medicine, Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center, Department of Surgery, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2American College of Surgeons, Chicago, Illinois
  • 3American Board of Surgery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
JAMA Surg. 2020;155(2):163-165. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.4464

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) certification requires that candidates pass 2 examinations: the qualifying examination and the certifying examination. While success on the qualifying examination is associated with performance on the ABS In-Training Examination (ABSITE),1,2 few measures have been shown to be associated with performance on the certifying examination.3,4 Moreover, the association between surgical resident physicians’ training experience and their examination performance is largely unknown. The objective of this study was to identify associations between resident physicians’ perceptions of their education and program-level performance on the ABS board examinations.

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