The purpose of this study was to examine trends in the Psychiatry Resident-In-Training Examination (PRITE®) scores at one institution from 2001 to 2010. The authors hypothesized that two factors, the 2003 implementation of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) duty-hour restrictions and the residency program’s 2008 restructuring of its curriculum to a half-day per week of didactics, would lead to improved scores.
Residents in the general psychiatry program at the University of Florida College of Medicine from 2001 to 2010 were included in this study. To examine the effect of the 2003 ACGME duty-hours change, the authors compared test results from 2001–2002 and 2003–2010. To examine the effect of the 2008 didactic restructuring, they compared test results from 2001–2007 and 2008–2010.
There were 288 PRITE test scores from 2001 to 2010. The authors did not find a statistical difference between test results before and after the 2003 implementation of ACGME duty-hour restrictions or between test results before and after the 2008 restructuring of residency didactics.
The hypothesis was rejected. The results of the literature review propose that examination scores are affected by other elements of residency training.