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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Do Dermatology Residents Need More Tests?

Dermatology residents are typically tested once during each academic year, during the scheduled in-service examination developed by the American Board of Dermatology. Is one test enough? A recent study reported in the New York Times and reprinted by the Houston Chronicle (Study: Frequent tests can enhance college learning, November 29, 2013, page A28) suggests that more frequent testing could be beneficial to learning. Purdue psychology students who took a short quiz every class based on assigned reading and lecture material improved their performance. The testing also incorporated previous questions that students had answered incorrectly.