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Interpretation of the American Board of Family Practice In-training Examination.

Authors
  • Replogle, W H
Type
Published Article
Journal
Family medicine
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2001
Volume
33
Issue
2
Pages
98–103
Identifiers
PMID: 11271749
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The American Board of Family Practice (ABFP) In-training Examination (ITE) is the most frequently used method of evaluation among accredited family practice programs. Despite its common use, there are still misunderstandings regarding the proper interpretation of the ABFP ITE results. The ABFP ITE is a norm-referenced test that allows for comparison of a resident's performance relative to other residents in the same year of training; it does not measure absolute performance. There is a paucity of evidence supporting the validity of the ABFP ITE. The eight specialty areas and clinical set problems lack sufficient reliability to be interpreted per individual resident. The composite score of the ABFP ITE has sufficient reliability to be used as part of a formal and comprehensive evaluation system. Group comparisons using the 10 ABFP ITE measures are appropriate.

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