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Changes in ABR Pattern of Examination -Other Boards should take a cue.

In response to radiology residents sharing answers on their certification exams, the American Board of Radiology (ABR) is implementing a new testing procedure that relies less on memorization of facts and more on testing concrete skills. Previous CNN investigation revealed to the public what appears to be a well-known fact in the radiology community: Residents preparing for their board certification exams often get a leg up by studying past questions, which come from a repository contributed to by past test-takers. In the new system, tests will assess the doctors' abilities to actually interpret imaging studies and perform image-guided procedures rather than just memorize facts. In addition, the test will no longer include an oral exam, which has been criticized in the past for being too subjective. The entire test will be computerized, which seems to be a trend among a number of other boards of medicine.

I have a feeling this is something Indian examination pattern should look into this and start taking a cue. Oral examinations have always been subjective and never give an overall assessment of the candidate especially in a field like Radiology, where actual reporting and common sense should be given weight-age. What are  your thoughts? Comments are requested.
Changes in ABR Pattern of Examination -Other Boards should take a cue. Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Monday, January 23, 2012 Rating: 5

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