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Evaluation of Shoulder and Elbow Questions on the Orthopaedic In-Training Examination as an Instrument for Enhancing Examination Preparation
Uma Srikumaran, MD1; Michael T. Freehill, MD1; Andrea M. Spiker, MD1; Edward G. McFarland, MD1; Steve A. Petersen, MD1
1 c/o Elaine P. Henze, BJ, ELS, Medical Editor and Director,Editorial Services, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center,4940 Eastern Avenue, #A665, Baltimore, MD 21224-2780.E-mail address for E.P. Henze: ehenze1@jhmi.edu
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Copyright © 2011 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2011 Jun 01;93(11):e63 1-6. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.J.01531
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The Orthopaedic In-Training Examination (OITE), produced by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), is administered yearly to orthopaedic residents across the United States. First administered in 1963, the OITE is the oldest existing examination of its kind created for specialty training. This examination serves multiple purposes. As initially set forth by the AAOS, the examination serves to (1) allow residents to assess their level of orthopaedic knowledge on the basis of a national average, (2) set minimal standards for orthopaedic residents, and (3) quantify the quality of education at various orthopaedic programs1. The OITE has served not only as an annual evaluation of orthopaedic resident training in the U.S., but also as a learning tool for residents, as they are subsequently given the preferred answers to questions and pertinent citations after examination scores are tallied.
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