Independent study and performance on the anesthesiology in-training examination

John Philip, Charles W. Whitten, William E. Johnston

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Intuitively, independent study by residents would be expected to improve performance on the in-training examination (ITE). So far, however, studies that have examined this issue have used historical controls and have not evaluated the amount of personal study and its impact on performance. We therefore examined the relationship between the amount of self-reported time devoted to personal study by 36 clinical anesthesia year 1 and 2 residents at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and their scores on the ITE administered in July 2003. The average time spent in self-study was 8 ± 3.6 hours per week, and the average scaled score was 28.7 ± 7.3. Linear regression analysis revealed a positive correlation between hours spent in self-study per week and scaled score performance on the ITE (correlation coefficient = 0.64, P < 0.0001), where the ITE scaled score = (1.3) (hours of self-study per week) + 18.4. Our findings emphasize the importance of personal study by residents. In conjunction with our diverse clinical and didactic experience, these findings indicate that anesthesiology residents who invest a minimum of 10.5 hours of personal study per week are well positioned to achieve a passing score on the ITE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-473
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2006

Fingerprint

Anesthesiology
Linear Models
Anesthesia
Regression Analysis
Clinical Studies

Keywords

  • Anesthesiologists: residency program
  • Anesthesiology
  • In-training examination
  • Personal study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Cite this

Independent study and performance on the anesthesiology in-training examination. / Philip, John; Whitten, Charles W.; Johnston, William E.

In: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, Vol. 18, No. 6, 09.2006, p. 471-473.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{d4a9c231f70f4e789a29b30531ce4fe5,
title = "Independent study and performance on the anesthesiology in-training examination",
abstract = "Intuitively, independent study by residents would be expected to improve performance on the in-training examination (ITE). So far, however, studies that have examined this issue have used historical controls and have not evaluated the amount of personal study and its impact on performance. We therefore examined the relationship between the amount of self-reported time devoted to personal study by 36 clinical anesthesia year 1 and 2 residents at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and their scores on the ITE administered in July 2003. The average time spent in self-study was 8 ± 3.6 hours per week, and the average scaled score was 28.7 ± 7.3. Linear regression analysis revealed a positive correlation between hours spent in self-study per week and scaled score performance on the ITE (correlation coefficient = 0.64, P < 0.0001), where the ITE scaled score = (1.3) (hours of self-study per week) + 18.4. Our findings emphasize the importance of personal study by residents. In conjunction with our diverse clinical and didactic experience, these findings indicate that anesthesiology residents who invest a minimum of 10.5 hours of personal study per week are well positioned to achieve a passing score on the ITE.",
keywords = "Anesthesiologists: residency program, Anesthesiology, In-training examination, Personal study",
author = "John Philip and Whitten, {Charles W.} and Johnston, {William E.}",
year = "2006",
month = "9",
doi = "10.1016/j.jclinane.2006.01.003",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "18",
pages = "471--473",
journal = "Journal of Clinical Anesthesia",
issn = "0952-8180",
publisher = "Elsevier Inc.",
number = "6",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Independent study and performance on the anesthesiology in-training examination

AU - Philip, John

AU - Whitten, Charles W.

AU - Johnston, William E.

PY - 2006/9

Y1 - 2006/9

N2 - Intuitively, independent study by residents would be expected to improve performance on the in-training examination (ITE). So far, however, studies that have examined this issue have used historical controls and have not evaluated the amount of personal study and its impact on performance. We therefore examined the relationship between the amount of self-reported time devoted to personal study by 36 clinical anesthesia year 1 and 2 residents at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and their scores on the ITE administered in July 2003. The average time spent in self-study was 8 ± 3.6 hours per week, and the average scaled score was 28.7 ± 7.3. Linear regression analysis revealed a positive correlation between hours spent in self-study per week and scaled score performance on the ITE (correlation coefficient = 0.64, P < 0.0001), where the ITE scaled score = (1.3) (hours of self-study per week) + 18.4. Our findings emphasize the importance of personal study by residents. In conjunction with our diverse clinical and didactic experience, these findings indicate that anesthesiology residents who invest a minimum of 10.5 hours of personal study per week are well positioned to achieve a passing score on the ITE.

AB - Intuitively, independent study by residents would be expected to improve performance on the in-training examination (ITE). So far, however, studies that have examined this issue have used historical controls and have not evaluated the amount of personal study and its impact on performance. We therefore examined the relationship between the amount of self-reported time devoted to personal study by 36 clinical anesthesia year 1 and 2 residents at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and their scores on the ITE administered in July 2003. The average time spent in self-study was 8 ± 3.6 hours per week, and the average scaled score was 28.7 ± 7.3. Linear regression analysis revealed a positive correlation between hours spent in self-study per week and scaled score performance on the ITE (correlation coefficient = 0.64, P < 0.0001), where the ITE scaled score = (1.3) (hours of self-study per week) + 18.4. Our findings emphasize the importance of personal study by residents. In conjunction with our diverse clinical and didactic experience, these findings indicate that anesthesiology residents who invest a minimum of 10.5 hours of personal study per week are well positioned to achieve a passing score on the ITE.

KW - Anesthesiologists: residency program

KW - Anesthesiology

KW - In-training examination

KW - Personal study

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=33748465197&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=33748465197&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.jclinane.2006.01.003

DO - 10.1016/j.jclinane.2006.01.003

M3 - Article

C2 - 16980169

AN - SCOPUS:33748465197

VL - 18

SP - 471

EP - 473

JO - Journal of Clinical Anesthesia

JF - Journal of Clinical Anesthesia

SN - 0952-8180

IS - 6

ER -