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APDR/APCR ABR UPDATE March 2010 Duane Mezwa MD William Beaumont Hospitals Past President, APDR GI Trustee, ABR Exam of the Future (EOF): Structure Core examination Certifying examination Core Exam Certifying Exam Internship R1 R2 R3 R4 Fellowship/ employment 12 mos 12 mos 12 mos
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* Clinically relevant anatomy, pathophysiology, etc
minimum 45 questions per category
Minimum of 45 questions if category
is to be scored separately
Define, Describe, List
The clinical practice area choices will reflect current radiology practice: Breast, Cardiac, GI, MSK, Neuro, NM, Peds, Repro/Endo, Thoracic, Ultrasound, Urinary, Vascular-Interventional and General Diagnostic Radiology.
The ABR will monitor the numbers of candidates taking each module and modify this list as seems appropriate after 3 years depending on the choices made by candidates.
Warning: Once you have made
a selection, you may not return
to this screen
“The important thing is to make the lesson of each case tell on your education.”
How will the exam be graded?
5 modules: Noninterpretive skills, essentials, three candidate-selected modules
Each will be graded with own passing standard
Candidate must pass all 5 components
No “condition” status
*Both psychometric and “face” validity are necessary to our various stakeholders. We are currently the only board with a condition category at this time.
*Elimination of “condition” is reasonable because we have narrowed the scope of the exam and eliminated subjectivity of an oral exam.
Assuming that the examination is available in testing centers every six months, additional preparation by candidates and prompt reexamination will be feasible.
Of the three clinical modules, how many can be chosen in the same category?
All 3. Candidates allowed free choice to construct their exam among General or Subspecialty Category
Rationale: The clinical modules will comprise only 60% of the exam. Allowing free choice permits early subspecialization, while still testing all of DR.
It is expected that candidates selecting more modules in a given subject will be answering questions of higher difficulty.
We are testing what the candidate feels is most important to his/her future practice, not what their past training has been.
“One never notices what has been done, one can only see what remains to be done.”
Mdm Marie Curie