Trainee Utilization of the SCORE Curriculum is Associated With Improved ABSITE Performance: A Multi-institutional Study

Paul McGaha, Mary E. Klingensmith, Alisa Cross, Kenneth Stewart, Arthur Grimes, Marc Horton, Gopal Kowdley, Kevin Patel, Joseph Galante, Paul E. Wise, Keith A. Delman, Amit R.T. Joshi

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The Surgical Council on Resident Education's (SCORE) structured educational curriculum for general surgery residents uses a 2-year repeating cycle of modules and quizzes called “This Week in SCORE” (TWIS) to organize and sequence the curricular content on the SCORE portal. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of using the SCORE content and TWIS curriculum on American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE) performance. To date, no multi-institutional studies have examined this effect. METHODS: Eight residency programs participated, including university and community-based programs. SCORE usage overall, TWIS usage, and ABSITE percentile scores (adjusted for post-graduate year [PGY]) were analyzed for the academic years 2017 to 2020. SCORE usage was defined as number of SCORE logins annually per resident with “low usage” ≤10 times and “high usage” >10 times. TWIS usage was defined as “low usage” (no TWIS quizzes done) or “high usage” (≥1 TWIS quiz per year). RESULTS: Four hundred and twenty-eight trainees were evaluated. Trainees with high SCORE and TWIS usage consistently achieved a higher ABSITE percentile score. This difference was maintained in subgroup analysis by PGY with the greatest impact in PGY-1 and PGY-2 levels. CONCLUSIONS: Utilization of multiple aspects of SCORE content appears to have a significant positive impact on ABSITE performance across all levels of postgraduate training. This multi-institutional study of a large number of users is the first to demonstrate that increased usage of SCORE content appears to be a predictor of ABSITE performance success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Surgical Education
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • ABSITE Performance
  • Multi-institutional
  • SCORE
  • Surgical Education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Education

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