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News and briefs: Study suggests surgery board passing rate, school size linked

Residency Program Insider, June 5, 2012

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The larger the residency program, the better percentage a resident has of passing the written and oral board exams, according to a study published in the May edition of Surgery.

According to a blog article in General Surgery News, study authors point out data that correlates first-attempt failure rates higher at smaller programs. However, the blog author questions the study, saying the success/failure of residents on the board exams is more about the individual, and that the study’s conclusion is a statistical inevitability.

Over the course of the study, conducted 2006-2011, 85% of residents passed the written portion of the exam, while about 83% passed the oral section on the first try.

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