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Effects of Use of a Self-Directed Question Bank on ABSITE Performance
*Molly J Douglas, *Jaswin S Sawhney
Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME

OBJECTIVE
To explore whether use of a commercial review question bank is correlated with ABSITE score improvement in a general surgery residency program.
DESIGN
A time series educational study
SETTING
A general surgery residency program in a hybrid community-academic setting
PARTICIPANTS
Nineteen of our program’s 27 general surgery residents, PGY1 through PGY5, participated in use of the question bank out. Excluding the PGY1s who did not take the 2015 ABSITE, thirteen residents were included in the final analysis.
INTERVENTIONS
Four months before the 2016 ABSITE, a commercial ABSITE review question bank was made available to residents via an institutional membership. Participation was voluntary. Occasional quizzes totaling <250 questions and one full length mock-ABSITE were “assigned” but also optional, and the majority of question bank use was self-directed.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S)
Number of question bank questions used, change in ABSITE scores from 2015 to 2016
RESULTS
There was a positive trend of increased percent correct on the ABSITE with increased usage of the question bank.
CONCLUSIONS
Prior studies have examined reading curricula, scheduled practice tests and other methods to improve ABSITE scores, but to our knowledge none have examined the utility of question banks which allow ongoing self-directed practice. While further study examining larger groups of residents are needed to help determine the significance of the above trend, our results suggest that question bank use shows promise in improving ABSITE performance.


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