Surgical residents score record high on annual ABSITE

Sixteen general surgery residents scored greater than 70th percentile on the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE), given annually to measure the progress residents have made in their knowledge of applied science and management of clinical problems related to surgery. Five of these residents scored greater than 90th percentile.

Congratulations to this year’s “Top Guns” for scoring greater than 70th percentile  on the ABSITE! (Note: * indicates greater than 90th percentile ; + indicates research year): Ahmed Allawi, M.D., PGY5, Shelby Allen, M.D., PGY5 *, Monther Altiti, M.D., PGY4, Lex Booth, M.D., PGY2*, Cathy Chung, M.D., PGY 3+, Denise Garcia, M.D., PGY2+*, Bryce Lambert, M.D., PGY 1*, John Lucas, M.D., PGY1, David Mann, M.D., PGY1, Anna Matrachisia, M.D., PGY4, Graham Mercier, M.D., PGY2, David Moffatt, M.D., PGY5, Taofeek Olajire-Aro, M.D., PGY3 *, Michael O’ Laughlin, M.D., PGY3, Julie Siegel, M.D., PGY2+, and Chris Thomas, M.D., PGY1.

“The ABSITE is basically an annual measuring stick to let residents know where they are in their preparation for the written boards,” said Christian Streck, M.D., General Surgery Residency Program director.

Streck reports this year’s results was the best in his 12 years at MUSC. He said the reason for the residents’ success is multifactorial. “A lot of credit goes to Aaron Lesher, M.D., MSCR, who is the Basic Science Program coordinator, the residents who consistently put in the hard work, and the faculty who are committed to resident education,” said Streck. 

He adds that the General Surgery education program switched the curriculum to the Decker Scientific America format. According to Decker’s website, the Board Prep for Residency Programs provides the perfect means of measuring and sharpening knowledge in surgery, with a singular focus on nailing the written Boards.

And, it’s paying off. “The past three years, 100% of the graduating chiefs passed the American Board of Surgery General Surgery Qualifying Exam,” said Streck.