METHODS: This was a single institution study. Files of 103 graduating surgical residents were reviewed. Objective parameters reviewed were residents' United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores, American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE) scores, first-time American Board of Surgery Certifying and Qualifying Examination pass rates, Alpha Omega Alpha membership status, and number of research years.
RESULTS: Of the 103 residents, 16 received the Best Resident in Research award, 15 received the Best Resident in Teaching award, and 17 received the Best Resident Overall award. Award winners had a significantly lower median USMLE Step 1 scores (p = 0.04) and marginally lower median USMLE Step 2 scores (p = 0.05). Alpha Omega Alpha membership status, ABSITE scores, first-time American Board of Surgery examination pass rates, and number of research years during residency were not significantly different between the 2 groups.
CONCLUSION: Success on multiple choice examinations did not predict success during surgical residency.
J Surg Educ. 2014 Mar-Apr;71(2):176-81