Does a Difference Exists in Comprehensive Basic Science Examination Scores of 4-Year versus 6-Year Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery Residents?

Jeffrey N. James, Kyle B. Frazier, Stephen W. Looney, Arnoneel Sinha, Alex B. Faigen

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Abstract

Purpose: The Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) scores have significant effects on the applications of oral-maxillofacial surgery (OMS) residency candidates. However, a comparison of the scores of residents that match to 4-year versus 6-year programs is lacking. The present study compared the CBSE scores of OMS residency candidates who had matched to 4-year and 6-year tracks in the 2018-2019 application cycle. Materials and Methods: In the present cross-sectional analysis, an anonymous questionnaire was sent electronically to program directors of all OMS residency programs in the United States using the online survey engine Survey Monkey. Data were collected on the CBSE scores of their postgraduate year 1 categorical residents and whether the resident was on a 4-year or 6-year track. The CBSE scores were summarized overall and by the type of residency program (4 vs 6 year) using the mean, standard deviation, median, mode, minimum, and maximum. In addition, the 2-sample t test was used to compare the mean CBSE score between the 4-year programs (4YPs) and 6-year programs (6YPs). Results: A total of 37 scores were received from the 4YPs and 31 from the 6YPs. The overall mean CBSE score was 68.9. Using the 2-sample t test, the mean CBSE score differed significantly between the 4YPs and 6YPs (t = −6.59; df = 66; P <.0001). Conclusions: Candidates matching into 6-year positions showed significantly higher mean scores on the CBSE examination compared with those matching into 4-year positions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1459.e1-1459.e6
JournalJournal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Volume78
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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