PMID: 592066Dec 1, 1977

Experience with in-service examinations of pediatric surgical trainees

Journal of Pediatric Surgery
J G RandolphK D Anderson

Abstract

A formal examination is an effective device for assessing certain aspects of a resident's competence. Participation by outside examiners is advisable. Generalizations on the basis of 2 yr of experience may be premature, however, the oral examination, strengthened by outside examiners and complemented by a written clinical problem-solving test, has provided insight into the candidates' abilities and into their progress from the first to the second year. In addition, this process has identified strengths and weaknesses in the training program, which has led to modifications of the surgical curriculum. It is concluded that comprehensive oral and written examination of pediatric surgical trainees at the completion of their first year and again at the end of their second year yields information that is of importance to the trainee and to the faculty.

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