Residents who passed the American Board of Radiology (ABR) Core Examination perceived the value of a range of preparation resources as higher than those who failed; according to a study to be presented at the ARRS 2019 Annual Meeting, set for May 5-10 in Honolulu; HI. The study was conducted to assist program directors and future residents with improving study preparation for the ABR Core exam.
Assist program directors
Fourth year radiology residents across the United States who took and received their results after the first examination of the ABR Core exam in 2018 were surveyed with free response and multiple choice questions about (American Institute for Radiologic Pathology) AIRP lectures, conference lectures, books, 3rd-year in-training exam scores; United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) step scores, study time off, ABR core exam overall score; and ABR core exam sections scored less than 350.
Preliminary results based on 186 residents of 1163 radiology resident test takers who responded to the survey reveal that residents who passed the exam perceived the value of resources including Crack the Core series; question banks; and conference lectures as higher than those who failed. In particular, responders who passed the ABR exam had more study time off and had higher USMLE step 1 scores compared to residents who failed.
Additional research is still need to identify and develop the best resources and strategies to prepare future residents for the ABR core exam. However; findings suggest that more time off and use of resources more commonly used by the pass cohort may lead to a greater chance on passing the ABR Core Exam.Radiologists are specialist physicians who utilize a wide array of advanced techniques in medical imaging to diagnose and, in certain cases, treat patients with all types of illness.
These imaging modalities include X-rays, ultrasound, CT, and MRI examinations. Like all physicians; radiologists have completed medical school and have obtained their MD degrees. Interventional radiologists are doctors that use imaging such as CT; ultrasound, MRI, and fluoroscopy to help guide procedures.
The imaging is helpful to the doctor when inserting catheters, wires, and other small instruments and tools into your body. This typically allows for smaller incisions (cuts). Doctors can use this technology to diagnose or treat conditions in almost any part of the body instead of needing to directly look inside of your body through a scope (camera) or with open surgery. Interventional radiologists often are involve in treating cancers or tumors; blockages in the arteries and veins; fibroids in the uterus, back pain, liver problems, and kidney problems.