ABA and MGH Study Finds Resident Clinical Performance & ABA Oral Exam Scores Link

A study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia by the ABA and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) found that residents’ clinical performance scores correlated to their ABA oral exam scores when the exam was taken one year after residency completion. Study authors Keith Baker, M.D.; Ph.D., Huaping Sun, Ph.D.; Ann Harman, Ph.D.; K. Trudy Poon, M.S. and James P. Rathmell, M.D. examined the association between the clinical performance of 111 MGH anesthesia residents who graduated from 2009 to 2013 and the group’s oral examination results.

The Board’s Part 2 (oral) Examination assesses candidates’ ability to apply sound judgment in their clinical decision making. This study demonstrates that there is continuity between residency clinical performance scores and oral exam scores. 

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