Analysis of References Used in Orthopaedic Self-Assessment Exams


Orthopaedic surgery board certification and maintenance of certification requires success on standardized tests and ongoing continuing medical education. This study aims to identify the most impactful resources for preparation for and maintenance of board certification. Questions included in the Orthopaedic Self-Assessment Exams (SAEs) from 2009 to 2014 were examined with the type and age of reference materials cited for each question. There were 4479 total citations. There were 289 journals and 95 textbooks identified. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (15% of citations), Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (11%), and Clinical Orthopaedic and Related Research (6%) were the most frequently cited journals. The average age of cited articles was 8.2 years. These data demonstrate that certain orthopaedic journals are consistently the most commonly cited references for SAEs and could also be expected to be the highest yield references for knowledge acquisition and exam preparation. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 27(2):92–97, 2018)
Key words: ABOS Part I, maintenance of certification, OITE, self-assessment exam

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Sean P. Moroze, MD; Andrew S. Murtha, MD; Jessica C. Rivera, MD; and Chad A. Krueger, MD