The authors traced the progress of a sample of 200 psychiatrists and 150
neurologists on the ABPN examination. Overall success rates were high-64%
of psychiatrists and 75% of neurologists became Board- certified.
Performance on the written exam was a significant predictor of outcome for
both groups-88% of psychiatrists and 94% of neurologists who passed Part I
on their first try eventually obtained certification. Given the criticism
that has been directed toward the oral exam, it was interesting that only
10% of psychiatrists and 5% of neurologists failed to become diplomates
because of difficulties with Part II. Future research will deal with the
validity and reliability of the oral exam.