As reported by CNN doctors are being accused of cheating on exams around the country. The American Board of Radiology (ABR) who oversees and issues the radiology certification exam in question are determining the best action is to take.
Recall exams, tests that are compiled by residents who have recently taken a board certification test and remember the questions, are being used as study tools by future test takers. Students who have taken the test must sign a statement agreeing not to discuss the test with anyone or reveal any of the information to future test takers, but the problem is so widespread that the ABR has issued a strongly worded video warning people about using the recall exams.
Dr. Gary Becker, executive director of the ABR, when asked if the use of recall exams was considered cheating said, “We would call it cheating, and our exam security policy would call it cheating, yes.”
According to CNN about half of the exam questions are the same from test to test so using the recall exams as a study guide can be effective. Residents have reported that they are being encouraged by their advisors to use the recall exams despite it being labeled as cheating by the ABR.