The American Board of Surgery examinations: how are the Southwestern Surgical Congress programs performing compared to the rest of the United States?

Mohammed J. Al Fayyadh, Jeremy A. Rawlings, Ross Willis, John L. Falcone, Ronald M Stewart, Daniel L Dent

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Abstract

Background Our aim was to study pass rates of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) examinations for examinees from programs in the Southwestern Surgical Congress (SWSC) compared with the rest of the United States (Non-SWSC). Methods A retrospective review of pass rates of ABS Qualifying Examination (QE), Certifying Examination (CE), and QE/CE index from 2005 to 2015 was conducted. Results From 2005 to 2010, SWSC outperformed Non-SWSC in QE (88% vs 85%, P <.02), CE (86% vs 82%, P <.01), and QE/CE (77% vs 72%, P <.01). From 2010 to 2015, SWSC outperformed Non-SWSC in QE (91% vs 86%, P <.01) and QE/CE (77% vs 71%, P <.01) but did not achieve statistical significance in CE (83% vs 81%, P =.09). Conclusions SWSC programs outperformed Non-SWSC across QE and CE in the early period, but only on QE in the late period. We encourage SWSC states and regional surgical societies to evaluate performance on ABS examinations and collaborate to improve surgical training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1243-1247
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Volume212
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Keywords

  • American Board of Surgery
  • Board certification
  • Certifying Examination
  • Qualifying Examination
  • Surgical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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