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 Farr

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Abstract

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)
Pages (from-to)653-657
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Volume218
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2019

Keywords

  • ABSITE
  • Preparation
  • Question bank
  • Surgery
  • Surgical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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