The ACPM In-service Examination is administered annually, in August, as a way to enable residents and their directors to determine if there are specific areas where more study and experience are needed. It is a voluntary exam that allows residents to compare themselves with others at the same level nationally. The exam’s 110 questions are written in a "one best response" format and residents are given two hours to complete the exam.
Though not intended to be an examination preparation tool, the In-service Exam can be a gauge of how well residents are being trained and prepared for the content of the Board examination. It is designed for residents in all specialty areas of Preventive Medicine. The material covered in the exam relates to the core (morning) portion of the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) certification exam. In August 2015, 376 residents from 71 programs participated in the exam.
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ACPM would like to call to your attention to an article in the December 2011 edition of AJPM entitled "The In-Service Examination Score As a Predictor of Success on the American Board of Preventive Medicine Certification Examination" (p. 641). This was a completely independent evaluation of ACPM's In-service Exam (ISE)--the first such published study--examining the correlation between the ISE scores and the ABPM exam performance. We're pleased to report the study found that success on the ABPM exam was associated with performance on the ISE, even after adjustment for several factors. As noted by the study authors, "These findings suggest the ISE is a valid measurement tool with which residents and program directors can assess a resident's likelihood of success on the certification examination..."
The abstract of the article may be found at http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(11)00605-2/abstract.