A comparison of resident performance based on sex

Residency Program Insider, June 1, 2010

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Researchers from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota compared the performance of male and female residents over a 10-year period.
They looked at Orthopaedics In-Training Exam (OITE) scores, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) exam results, faculty evaluations, and a resident graduate survey.

Researchers found few differences between male and female residents’ performance:

  • Both sexes received similar performance evaluations from faculty in all ACGME competencies
  • Males and females had similar mean OITE scores during years 2-5 of residency, but males had higher mean scores during years 3-5
  • Males and females had similar mean ABOS Part 1 scores and ABOS Part 1 pass rates
  • Equal number of males and females pursued fellowships
  • Females worked fewer hours and reported higher satisfaction with their career choice

Read the full study in the March issue of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

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