Kristen Sell, M.D., a resident physician in the UNC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, won the 2012 junior level In-Service Award presented by the UNC Department of Surgery. The In-Service Awards, given each year by the department, recognize residents’ specific achievements on the A.B.S.I.T.E. exam (American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination). Dr. Sell was recognized as the junior level resident at UNC with the highest score on the exam and also as the resident who scored above the 90th percentile on the exam.
The A.B.S.I.T.E. exam gauges surgical residents’ knowledge in clinical and basic sciences. The test is intended to serve as an objective measure to determine competency for progression in the program.
Dr. Sell, who earned an M.D. from the University of Michigan, is about to begin the second year of a six-year cardiothoracic surgery residency at UNC.