Factors Associated With American Board of Medical Specialties Member Board Certification Among US Medical School Graduates - American Board of Medical Specialties

This retrospective study analyzed characteristics and variables of those with Board Certification who graduated from medical schools within the United States. The majority of graduates were certified by American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Member Boards. Differences were identified in certification examination pass rates between older and younger graduates, certification rates among minorities, and certification rates based on total debt across specialties. Gender did not play a huge role in determining certification in the majority of specialties. Limitations identified in this study included the inability to make causal inferences from results due to the observational study design, and lack of follow-up on graduates who had not yet been Board Certified. The study provides an overview of graduates who become Board Certified and graduates who may encounter a delay in Board Certification.

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