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December 2014
Education and Resources
IDSA In-Training Exam is a Good Predicator of Performance on ID Certification Exam

According to a study recently published in Clinical Infectious Diseases (CID), there is a significant relationship between scores on the IDSA In-Training Examination (IDSA ITE) and performance on the Infectious Disease Certification Examination.

The IDSA ITE is a feedback tool that allows fellows to track their educational progress during fellowship training. The CID study, led by Irina Grabovsky, PhD, with the National Board of Medical Examiners, compared scores on the IDSA ITE with those from other knowledge assessments in their ability to predict performance on the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Infectious Disease Certification Examination.

The study included 1,021 second-year fellows who took the IDSA ITE and ABIM Infectious Disease Certification Exam from 2008 to 2012 and found that the IDSA ITE scores were the strongest predictor of ABIM ID Certification Exam scored, followed by prior ABIM Internal Medicine Certification Exam scores, United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step I scores, and fellowship directors’ medical knowledge ratings. IDSA ITE scores were also a significant predictor of passing the ID certification exam.

For more information on the IDSA ITE, visit http://www.idsociety.org/FITE/.



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