Does the Psychiatry Residency In-Training Examination (PRITE) Predict Performance on Initial Board Certification in Psychiatry?

  • William E. Tankersley
  • Rikinkumar S. PatelEmail author
  • Hema Madhuri Mekala
  • Clayton D. Morris
Feature: Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Psychiatry Residency In-Training Examination (PRITE) is regularly conducted to assess the knowledge of the residents and compare their test performance with peers throughout their training period. In addition to evaluating residents, it also helps the programs to understand the effectiveness of teaching in their program and compare their program with the national mean of other psychiatry residency programs in the USA [1, 2]. Resident performance on the PRITE has been found to correlate with their performance on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) certification exam that is taken after post-residency completion [2, 3].

Some studies have revealed that the PRITE scores have a positive correlation with the board performance [2, 3, 4]. Webb LC et al. found a statistically significant Pearson correlation of 0.67 for psychiatry and 0.43 for neurology for the 1992 PRITE, and the 1994 Part 1 ABPN [4]. The most recent data study conducted by Juul et al. [3]...


Compliance with Ethical Standards

The database used in the Letter to the Editor did not contain resident identifiable information. So, we did not require an institutional review board (IRB) approval. This was decided by the authors and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substances Abuse Services IRB.


On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Griffin Memorial HospitalNormanUSA

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