Learning to Read: Successful Program-Based Remediation Using the Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE) Curriculum

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Abstract

Background: The Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE) curriculum is aligned with the American Board of Surgery (ABS) objectives. Our program adopted the SCORE curriculum in 2015 after poor ABS In-Training Examination (ABSITE) performance and lowest quartile ABS Certifying Exam (CE) and Qualifying Exam (QE) first-time pass rates. We examined the association of SCORE use with ABSITE performance and ABS board exam first-time pass rate. Study design: At a single institution, a retrospective review of surgery residents’ SCORE metrics and ABSITE percentile was conducted for academic years 2015 to 2019. Metrics analyzed on the SCORE web portal were mean total minutes and total visits per resident for all residents using SCORE that year. First-time pass rates of the ABS QE and CE were examined from 2013 to 2019. Chi-square and linear regression analysis were performed, and a 95% level of confidence was assumed (alpha = 0.05). Results: Yearly data from categorical general surgery residents showed a significant increase in total minutes, total visits, and ABSITE percentile. Combined first time pass rates for the ABS QE and CE significant increased from 70.8% in 2013 to 2015 to 93.9% in 2016 to 2019 (p = 0.018). Conclusions: Increased longitudinal use of the SCORE curriculum was associated with programmatic improvements in ABSITE performance and ABS board exam first-time pass rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-403
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American College of Surgeons
Volume232
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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