OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationships among self-assessment of knowledge in otology via an individualized learning plan (ILP), otology milestone achievement rate, and otolaryngology training exam (OTE) otology scores. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective study. SETTING: One otolaryngology residency covering a tertiary care facility, trauma and hospital center, outpatient ambulatory surgery center, and outpatient clinics. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty otolaryngology residents, four from each class. METHODS: Residents identified four milestones from otology-related sub-competencies to achieve in a 3-month rotation via an ILP. During the same rotation, the residents sat for the OTE, and their overall and otology scores were analyzed. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Completion of an ILP before and at the end of the rotation, self-reported achievement of otology milestones, and OTE score components including total percent correct, scaled score, group stanine, national stanine, and residency group weighted scores. RESULTS: Group stanine OTE otology scores were higher for those residents who completed pre- and post-rotation ILPs compared with those who did not, 4.0 (±0.348) versus 2.75 (±0.453), respectively (p = 0.04). Residents who self-reported achieving all four otology milestones had significantly higher otology group stanine scores than the residents who achieved less, 4.1 (±0.348) versus 2.9 ± 0.433, respectively (p = 0.045). Residents who performed well in their PGY program cohort on the otology OTE 1 year were less inclined to complete an ILP for otology in the subsequent year (Pearson correlation -0.528, p = 0.035). CONCLUSION: In the otology subspecialty, residents who completed ILPs scored better on OTE examinations independent of resident class. Consequently, programs may find ILPs useful in other otolaryngology subspecialties and across residencies.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Otology & neurotology : official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 2019|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sensory Systems
- Clinical Neurology