Validation of an interventional pulmonary examination

Hans J. Lee, David Feller-Kopman, R. Wesley Shepherd, Francisco A. Almeida, Rabih Bechara, David Berkowitz, Mohit Chawla, Erik Folch, Andrew Haas, Colin Gillespie, Robert Lee, Adnan Majid, Rajiv Malhotra, Ali Musani, Jonathan Puchalski, Daniel Sterman, Lonny Yarmus

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Background: Interventional pulmonology (IP) is an emerging subspecialty with a dedicated 12 months of additional training after traditional pulmonary and critical care fellowships with fellowships across the country. A multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination was developed to measure didactic knowledge acquired in IP fellowships. Methods: Interventional pulmonologists from 10 academic centers developed a MCQ-based examination on a proposed curriculum for IP fellowships. The 75 multiple-choice question examination was proctored, time limited (120 min), and computer-based. The examination was administered to IP faculty, IP fellows in their last month of fellowship, graduating pulmonary and critical care fellows in their last month of training, and incoming first-year pulmonary and critical care fellows. Results: The mean score for IP faculty was 87% (range, 83%-94%), 74% for IP fellows (range, 61%-81%, SD 5.09, median 76%), 62% for graduating pulmonary and critical care fellows (range 52% to 73%), and 50% for incoming pulmonary/critical care fellows (range, 35%-65%). There was a graduated increase in mean scores with level of IP training. Scores differed significantly across the four groups (P=.001). Conclusion: A validated MCQ examination can measure IP knowledge. There is a difference in IP knowledge based on IP training exposure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1667-1670
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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