Introduction: A competitive team-based approach to encourage self-studying and didactic participation is a novel method of American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE) preparation. We aimed to determine if this method significantly improves residents’ percentile performances on the ABSITE. Methods: We reviewed ABSITE performance and preparation from general surgery residents for the last ten years. Percentile scores were compared before and after implementation of a purchased online question bank (TrueLearn LLC, Mooresville, NC), a team-based competition, and a virtual format of the team-based competition. Statistical analysis was performed with ANOVA Kruskal-Wallis and Mann Whitney tests where appropriate. Results: 378 ABSITE scores from 112 residents were analyzed. Overall median ABSITE percentile at the program level increased from 40.5 (IQR 20.5, 66.8) to 76.0 (49.0, 85.0) percentile (P
Masters SE, Howard KK, Foote DC, Studzinski D, Callahan R, Ivascu FA, et al [Akay B] The competitive edge: improving ABSITE scores through a team-based approach. The 68th Annual Meeting of the Michigan Chapter of the American College of Surgeons; 2022 May 19; Traverse City, MI.