Correspondence  |   December 2018
Does the American Board of Anesthesiology BASIC Examination Really Affect Anesthesiology Resident Knowledge Acquisition?
Author Notes
  • UTHealth McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas (E.G.P.). evan.g.pivalizza@uth.tmc.edu
  • (Accepted for publication August 31, 2018.)
    (Accepted for publication August 31, 2018.)×
Article Information
Correspondence
Correspondence   |   December 2018
Does the American Board of Anesthesiology BASIC Examination Really Affect Anesthesiology Resident Knowledge Acquisition?
Anesthesiology 12 2018, Vol.129, 1189-1190. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002461
Anesthesiology 12 2018, Vol.129, 1189-1190. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002461
We applaud Zhou et al. for their recent publication of American Board of Anesthesiology data suggesting that after implementation of the BASIC certification examination, anesthesiology residents’ performance improved on the subsequent in-training examination.1  As opined by Murray in an accompanying editorial, increased transparency and sharing of data from the American Board of Anesthesiology is welcome and useful to the specialty, training programs, and community at large that physician anesthesiologists serve.2  Our program, as we suspect many others have, is focusing educational preparation for the BASIC exam over the two years of clinical base and clinical anesthesia year 1 training, an acknowledged potential benefit and goal.