Evaluating the educational effectiveness of an 8-week patient management course for surgical interns: A nine-year analysis

W. Christian Crannell, Camden Boes, Karen Brasel, Mackenzie R. Cook

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Introduction: Our general surgery program mandates an 8-week “intern school” (IS) for matriculating surgery interns. The course consists of a pre-test, didactics, and a post-test. We hypothesized IS exam performance would correlate with American Board of Surgery In Training Examination (ABSITE) scores.∖ Methods: This was a retrospective analysis of IS pre- and post-tests and ABSITE scores for all OHSU surgery interns from 2010 to 2018. McNemar's, chi-square, and Pearson tests were calculated. Results: The pre and post-test pass rate for 293 interns was 26% vs. 86% (p < 0.001). Categorical interns were more likely to pass the pre-test (33% vs 11% p = 0.004), and the post-test (96% vs 83% p = 0.007) than non-designated interns and more likely to pass the post-test than designated preliminary intern (96% vs 80%, p = 0.0014). There was no correlation between IS exams and ABSITE performance. Discussion: IS improves exam performance, but IS test scores do not correlate with ABSITE scores, and the program is not a means to identify interns at risk of poor ABSITE performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020



  • American board of surgery in-training exam
  • Intern preparedness
  • Medical education
  • Surgical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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