Saturday, January 3, 2015

Can We Predict Surgical Residency Achievement?

QUESTION: do USMLE scores or in-training exam scores predict the receipt of awards given out during residency? Specifically, the awards (1) Best Resident in Research, (2) Best Resident in Teaching, or (3) Best Resident Overall?

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

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Guaranteed Medical School Admission

The University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) in St Kitts has signed an articulation Agreement that guarantees admission into their medical school for premed students at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Read More

Integrated vs Traditional Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Training

Motivations and demographics of I-6 and traditional 5+2 cardiothoracic surgery resident applicants: insights from an academic training program.
BACKGROUND: There are two training paths towards certification in cardiothoracic surgery: a) an integrated 6-year residency program in cardiothoracic surgery, or b) a general 5 year surgical residency followed by a 2 year Fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery.

OBJECTIVE: what is the difference in the applicants to each program?

METHODS: a database review was performed.

RESULTS: Both groups had a similar percentage of female applicants, number of US medical graduates, additional degrees, and membership in Alpha Omega Alpha.

Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Sep;98(3):877-83

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Importance of USMLE Scores in Emergency Medicine

 For students accepted into emergency medicine residencies, the mean USMLE Step 1 score was 230, and 243 for Step 2.

Elder EM Statesmen to Students: Be Tiggers

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

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The latest edition includes advice on how to present just about any information, including text, data, and graphics, for publication in any type of format--such as college and university papers, professional journals, presentations for colleagues, and online publication.

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