The ABNS Primary Examination, a standard assessment and certification credit earning tool for neurosurgical trainees since 1964, will make a transformational change in March 2015. The time-tested and revered paper and pencil Examination will be offered in a paperless, web-based format.
The web-based format ABNS Primary Examination will be offered at ACGME accredited U.S. neurosurgery training programs on Friday, March 13, 2015. All residents taking the Examination will use certified laptops provided by the individual training programs. As usual, the Examination will consist of 375 questions on all eight sub-topic areas within neurosurgery. Though it will appear as the historically familiar Examination, it will have high-quality, distinct images. The Examination format will have an interactive "Flash"viewer technology that allows the examinee to change contrast, focus, zoom in and out, and generally improve image analysis.
This web-based format, developed, administered and scrutinized for the ABNS by the National Board of Medical Examiners, is secure and contemporary. I trust that all residents, the future of neurosurgery, will welcome this move to a more contemporary, flexible and dynamic testing and assessment method.
For questions, please contact Dr. Mark N. Hadley, Chair, ABNS Written Examination Committee at 203 397 2267 or firstname.lastname@example.org