CREOG In-Training Examination Results: Contemporary Use to Predict ABOG Written Examination Outcomes.

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BACKGROUND: The in-training examination (ITE) offers formative assessments of residents' developing medical knowledge. Identification of an ITE performance level associated with success on the specialty board examination allows identification of "at risk" residents.

OBJECTIVE: This study sought to identify a threshold score for obstetrics and gynecology residents' performance on the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) ITE that predicts successful performance on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) written examination.

METHODS: We analyzed ITE and ABOG results of 80 residents who completed 4 years of CREOG ITEs at 2 institutions between 2002 and 2012. We assessed the level of performance associated with successful performance on the ABOG written examination.

RESULTS: Data analyzed included scores for 71 of 80 residents (89%), with an overall pass rate of 82%. A postgraduate year (PGY) 4 score of 200 on the CREOG ITE or twice in any of the PGY training years was associated with a 100% ABOG pass rate. Scoring ≥ 205 in any PGY also was associated with a 100% pass rate. Residents who did not attain a score of 200 had a 35% to 45% chance of failing the ABOG written examination, depending on the PGY of the ITE performance.

CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest that a CREOG ITE score of at least 200 twice, or as a PGY-4, offers assurance of successful performance on the ABOG examination. Scores lower than this threshold may be used to identify "at risk" residents for added learning and provide program elements in need of improvement.

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J Grad Med Educ





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