Residency

How beneficial are board review courses?

Residency Program Insider, April 28, 2009

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Residents in most specialties complete in-training examinations to assess trainees’ medical knowledge. Researchers looked at whether a 40-hour board preparation course would affect emergency residents’ scores on the specialty’s in-training exam.

For eight weeks, residents attended weekly five-hour-long lectures. Of the 16 residents who participated in the study, only one achieved a positive result. Study authors considered a 10% increase in a resident’s individual national class percentile ranking as an indication that the course had a positive effect. Researchers conclude that the board review course was not effective in increasing residents’ in-training exam scores.

The study, entitled, “Board review course effect on resident in-training examination,” was published in the Dec. 2008 issue of International Journal of Emergency Medicine.



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