Residents have concerns about changes to the format and timing of the American Board of Radiology (ABR) Core Exam, according to a recent survey administered by the American Alliance of Academic Chief Residents in Radiology (A3CR2). The survey elicited responses from 212 chief residents representing 136 unique radiology residency programs.
Concerns about the new exam, which debuted in fall 2013, included that it deemphasizes critical thinking, differential diagnoses and communication skills by substituting multiple choice questions for oral examinations. Respondents also questioned the decision to administer the exam in the third year of residency, with the certifying exam to follow 15 months later. “Residents are no longer board certified coming out of training,” a respondent observed. “We need to study for three months at the beginning of a job. Will practices adjust?”
Some respondents praised the new exam as more objective than its predecessor and noted that the timing gets fourth-year residents back into service rather than perpetually studying.
Other key findings from the survey included:
View the full results of the 2014 Chief Resident Survey, as well as results from previous surveys, at AUR.org/A3CR2-Surveys.
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