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An Intervention to Improve CREOG Scores

Purpose: To examine the effect of an educational intervention on OB/GYN CREOG in-training exam (ITE) scores


Background: Recent reports have correlated performance on the ITE to passing the qualifying board exam (QBE). Residents at risk for failing may benefit from an educational intervention to increase their chance of successfully passing their QBE.


Methods: A retrospective pretest/posttest paired subject intervention study was conducted. Residents selected for inclusion were those with an ITE score of < 200 on their most recent attempt. The educational intervention was a four hour test taking strategy workshop completed two months prior to the ITE. Validation of proper implementation of the method was verified with follow up performance reports. Following completion of the intervention, the next ITE score was obtained and recorded. The statistical analysis was completed for non-parametric matched pairs with Wilcoxon Signed Rank testing with alpha set at 0.05.


Results: 21 PGY-3 and 4 residents met inclusion criteria for enrollment. The mean ITE baseline score was 192.4. Following the educational intervention, the mean ITE score was 212.4. The mean difference between groups was 19.9 points + 2.29 (p<0.001). All but one resident demonstrated improvement in all subjects. All of the residents subsequently passed their QBE. 


Discussions: Our findings suggest that this particular test taking strategy augments CREOG ITE scores by 20 points in residents who score below 200. This pilot study demonstrates that a concentrated two month effort can lead to significant improvements for residents at risk of failing their qualifying board exam in OB/GYN.

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2019, Student, Resident, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Clerkship Coordinator, Osteopathic Faculty, Residency Director, Residency Coordinator, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, CME, Assessment, Problem-Based Learning,

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Student,Resident,Faculty,Clerkship Director,Clerkship Coordinator,Osteopathic Faculty,Residency Director,Residency Coordinator,
Systems-Based Practice & Improvement,
Assessment,Problem-Based Learning,
Clinical Focus

Author Information

Anita Das, MD, America\'s OB/GYN Board Review Course, Inc; Christopher Robinson, MD

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