Trailing along the interview season, I'm starting to feel that the programs are starting to look very similar to each other. Other than location, feel, research opportunities, and fellowship match results, I'm also looking at the ABIM board pass rates of each program for ranking purposes. Is this a fair indicator to use to assess the competency of the resident's medical knowledge or IM program? It's interesting how there are some academic programs (won't name them) that have rates of only 80% or lower. I've been told that it shouldn't be a strong factor because exam skills are more dependent on the individual/resident's ability than the program itself. Can anyone provide some insight? Thanks.