ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
An experience in the COVID-19 pandemic period: Turkish Cardiovascular Surgery Online Board Exam 2020
Hatice Şahin1, Alper Özgür2, Tufan Paker3, Yüksel Atay4
1Department of Medical Education, Ege University, Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey
2Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Güven Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
3Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Başkent University, Istanbul Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
4Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Ege University, Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2022.22930
Background: The aim of this study was to provide information about the results of the Turkish Cardiovascular Surgery Board written exam, which was held online due to the pandemic.

Methods: This cross-sectional study included a total of 41 cardiovascular surgeons and residents (39 males, 2 females) in November 21st, 2020 between 10:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. After the online exam was completed, data on participant information and answers to exam questions were obtained from the information system.

Results: Of all participants, 39% were working in university hospitals. A total of 82.9% of the participants were specialists. The total mean score of the participants was 60.3±10.2 and 53.7% of them were declared successful-passed. Aortic surgery (63%), heart failure surgery (50%), and mitral valve surgery (50%) were the most incorrectly answered questions.

Conclusion: With the online exam, the Board gained different experiences regarding exam planning and implementation. The Turkish Cardiovascular Surgery Board did not give up the Board exam during the pandemic period and conducted a reliable written exam with many participants.

Keywords : Board certification exam, cardiovascular surgery, COVID-19, online exam, pandemics
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