Emergency Physicians Maintain Performance on the American Board of Emergency Medicine Continuous Certification (ConCert) Examination - American Board of Medical Specialties

This retrospective, longitudinal study examined the trends in emergency physician (EP) knowledge over a 24-year period using performance on the ConCert examination. This study analyzed examination score trends for those taking the examination for the first time during recertification cycles. Trends showed slight differences in examination scores between certification cycles, but remained generally consistent. A reason for this consistency is that ConCert examinations are structured in a standardized way for difficulty, but also this consistency reflects the nature of the EP’s constant exposure to a quickly changing and varied medical environment which includes a continuous exchange of knowledge. Some limitations to this study included:

  • self-selection bias
  • variations in equating earlier examination scores
  • exclusion of examinees who failed the examination
  • small differences between groups (such as geographic distribution)

Nevertheless, this study showed that overall EPs maintained knowledge over time as evidenced by examination performance.

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