Assessment of general surgery resident study habits and use of the TrueLearn question bank for American Board of Surgery In-Training exam preparation

Jonathan B. Imran, Tarik D. Madni, Luis R. Taveras, Audra T. Clark, Christine Ritchie, Holly B. Cunningham, Alana Christie, Kareem R AbdelFattah, Deborah E Farr

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Background: Little information exists on the value of online question banks in preparing residents for the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE). Methods: We reviewed surgical residents’ use of an online question bank (TrueLearn) and compared it to their ABSITE performance. Results: The 2016–2017 records of 44 PGY 2–5 general surgery residents were examined. The total number of TrueLearn questions answered significantly correlated (p < 0.05) with correct answers and percentile rank on the 2017 ABSITE. If a resident was to complete the entire online TL question bank consisting of 1000 questions, the overall percentage correct and overall percentile on the ABSITE is estimated to increase by 3% and 20%, respectively. Conclusions: The use of the TrueLearn question bank is associated with an improved percentage of ABSITE questions answered correctly and improved PGY percentile scores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019



  • Preparation
  • Question bank
  • Surgery
  • Surgical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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