Do U.S. Medical Licensure Examination step 1 scores correlate with Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology in-training examination scores and American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology written examination performance?

Alicia Armstrong, Ruben Alvero, Peter Nielsen, Shad Deering, Randal Robinson, John Frattarelli, Kathleen Sarber, Patrick Duff, Joseph Ernest

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Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the possible association between scores of >200 on U.S. Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE) step 1 and the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) in-training examinations and the pass rate on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) written examination. Methods: the USMLE step 1 and postgraduate year 1 to 4 CREOG in-training examination scores for the graduating chief residents-in eight accredited obstetrics and gynecology residency programs were obtained. Performance on USMLE step 1 was correlated with ABOG examination performance and CREOG in-training examination scores. The correlations between USMLE step 1 and CREOG in-training examination scores and ABOG examination performance were analyzed by using the Spearman correlation coefficient. Results: USMLE step 1 scores were significantly correlated with CREOG in-training examination scores (p < 0.000). None of the residents who scored >200 on USMLE step 1 and a mean of >200 on the CREOG in-training examinations failed the ABOG written examination. Conclusion: Program directors have used USMLE step 1 to identify trainees who are likely to perform well on the CREOG in-training examination. The CREOG in-training examination has been used to identify residents who are likely to pass the ABOG written examination. The results of this study document the strength of these associations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)640-643
Number of pages4
JournalMilitary medicine
Volume172
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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