Performance on the Cardiovascular In-Training Examination in Relation to the ABIM Cardiovascular Disease Certification Examination

Julia H Indik, Lauren M. Duhigg, Furman S. McDonald, Rebecca S. Lipner, Jonathan D. Rubright, Steven A. Haist, Naomi F. Botkin, Jeffrey T. Kuvin

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Abstract

The American College of Cardiology In-Training Exam (ACC-ITE) is incorporated into most U.S. training programs, but its relationship to performance on the American Board of Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Disease (ABIM CVD) Certification Examination is unknown. ACC-ITE scores from third-year fellows from 2011 to 2014 (n = 1,918) were examined. Covariates for regression analyses included sex, age, medical school country, U.S. Medical Licensing Examination Step, and ABIM Internal Medicine Certification Examination scores. A secondary analysis examined fellows (n = 511) who took the ACC-ITE in the first and third years. ACC-ITE scores were the strongest predictor of ABIM CVD scores (p < 0.0001), and the most significant predictor of passing (p < 0.0001). The change in ACC-ITE scores from first to third year was a strong predictor of the ABIM CVD score (p < 0.001). The ACC-ITE is strongly associated with performance on the ABIM CVD Certification Examination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2862-2868
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Volume69
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 13 2017

Keywords

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • cardiovascular disease fellowship program
  • cardiovascular education
  • fellow-in-training
  • medical knowledge assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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