Annual In-Training Examination
The American College of Radiology administers an in-training examination to residents in Radiation Oncology every first Thursday in March. We require all residents to take this examination.
The main purpose of this examination is to help gauge residents’ abilities to study systematically and consistently. These skills are important not only for passing certification boards on the first try, but also for continued expansion of knowledge throughout their careers and for recertification years later.
The global results of the examination will also be used to gauge the effectiveness of the training program. Areas of consistent deficiency will be addressed by the Education Committee, resulting in improved teaching at multiple levels, including, but not limited to, new or improved didactic lectures, new conference formats, new distribution of cases, or other modifications, as appropriate.
The in-training examination is not used as a sole measure of a resident’s success. We do expect our residents to perform above the national average, however, scores are always considered in context with many other measures of residence performance. In-training examination scores will never be the sole factor for failing to promote a resident to the next level of training or for expulsion from the program.