January 1, 2008

First Annual IDSA Fellows’ In-Training Exam June 3 and 4

IDSA launches the first annual In-Training Exam (ITE) for fellows in infectious diseases fellowship programs on June 3 and 4.  The purpose of this exam is to assist fellowship programs in meeting Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirements; it is also designed to evaluate fellows’ knowledge of infectious diseases.

Fellowship programs must register by February 8 to participate in this year’s exam.  Fellows will take the exam at their home institutions.  Information regarding registration, along with a registration form, was sent to all training program directors via mail and email.

On March 3, online registration will open for training program directors to register their fellows to participate in the upcoming exam.  Registration will be open until April 15.  IDSA will be contacting all programs with registration instructions in late February.  The registration fee for each fellow is $200 and each program may register as many fellows as they choose. Fellows from U.S.-based institutions are eligible. 

New competency requirements instituted by the ACGME in 2005 specifically require each competency to be measured by at least two methods: a subjective evaluation by attending physicians and an objective examination, such as the In-Training Exam.

In addition to providing a method for ID knowledge evaluation, the ID ITE will serve several additional purposes:

  • Identifying ID fellows at risk of failing the ID ABIM exam while they are enrolled in fellowship training with time for additional programmatic and self-directed learning
  • Targeting didactics within a given program on areas where the fellows as a group are weak
  • Providing national performance measurements with which fellows can compare their scores.

IDSA is currently working on a webpage that will house detailed information regarding the In-Training Exam.  In the meantime, please contact Rachel Shnekendorf, rshnekendorf@idsociety.org with any questions.

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