PBR’s 2014 Pediatric Board Review Course Highlights
As the author of the best pediatric board review course 2014 edition, I strive to push for evermore excellence year after year. For the 2014 American Board of Pediatrics initial certification and maintenance of certification (MOC) exams, here are just a few of the highlights that PBR members are enjoying:
- Free list of corrections as submitted by PBR members and verified by me. I do this every year. In 2014, I’ll be providing a simplified version of the corrections for free.
- Efficiency in studying through the power of technology. Use your iPad or iPhone to study on the go. Use the links in the members’ section to quickly view awesome images across the web, and use the PBR Facebook CREW to help you blow past academic (and emotional) hurdles.
- Access everywhere – Backpack, Desktop, iPad, iPhone, Android… You Name It!
- Members’ only Facebook group and online community
Again, these are just a few of the benefits PBR members are enjoying this year. Keep reading below for a little more detail on each. Continue reading
NO! Pediatric board questions are NOT like mini-patients.
Don’t believe me? Well, by the end of this article you’re going to:
- Learn the difference between real life patients and test patients
- Learn 3 strategies towards correctly answering board-style questions that you can put into practice IMMEDIATELY to increase your board score
- Become familiar with free and paid resources at your disposal to help you work on your test-taking techniques
- Feel inspired to approach board-style questions as 75-second puzzles rather than stressful patient encounters
A SAMPLE PEDIATRIC BOARD REVIEW QUESTION
How would you proceed with the little girl below? It’s a short question, so please set your timer to 60 seconds, read the question below and commit to ONE answer choice.
A 3-year-old female toddler presents for a routine well child visit. You note an abdominal mass on exam. You suspect the child may have a Wilms tumor. There have not been any urinary symptoms, but urine dipstick shows evidence of blood. There’s a history of breast cancer in the family.
Which of the following is the most appropriate diagnostic test to determine the cause of the patient’s abdominal mass?
A. CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis
B. Complete urinalysis
C. Oncology referral
D. Biopsy of the mass
E. BRCA gene testing
Passing the the pediatric boards is challenging, but it’s far from magic. In this article I’m going to introduce you to the 3 main areas you must focus on to pass the boards.
By the end, you will have a much better handle on the general framework within which you will need to focus your energy. I predict that it’s going to be quite liberating for you!
Let’s start with a few stories…
Each year after the pediatric board results are released, I ask PBR members for feedback. “How was it for you?” The replies vary considerably, but there are specific overwhelming emotions which come through time and time again;
- Dr. Wiseman,
a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I feel lighter and free.
- Shy Doc,
My family and I celebrated all day long. We cried tears of happiness knowing the endless hours of studying are over AND payed off!
Gratitude Continue reading
What a morning! Today (12/16/2013) was insane. The pediatric board exam results for 2013 came in today, and I can’t wait to share the messages with you. It wasn’t all good news, so I do have advice to dish out as well.
Waking up to a slew of messages was initially overwhelming, but it was also a bit of a rush, and it also gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling that never gets old as I read some emails and messages that just about bring me to tears.
Okay, before you or I go any further, tell me how it went! I would LOVE to know how your results day went. PLEASE click here to let me know (it should take just 1 or 2 minutes!):
So, I didn’t get the 100% pass rate that I always hope for, but it was close! It’s still VERY early, but I get the sense that even MORE PBR members passed this year than last year, and by EVEN WIDER margins. The overall pass rate is Continue reading
Knowing how to identify pediatric board pictures is a must for a handful of questions on the pediatric boards. PBR has done something extremely unique in order to allow for an efficient review of almost 500 high-yield pediatric pictures (and counting). Instead of forcing you to rely on carrying a Zitteli atlas everywhere you go, links to amazing images throughout the web can be found in the Pediatrics Board Review Core Study Guide. For those of you using your phones or tablets for review, it’s almost like “virtual” pediatric atlas.
Click… Review… Close tab… Move on!
I LOVE it!
One of the downsides of this system is Continue reading
In 2012, the Pediatrics Board Review Corrections & Clarifications Guide was only about 25 pages. The guide contained corrections that I found and that others found in the 2nd edition of the Pediatrics Board Review Core Study Guide. The guide provided a TON of value and helped many people correctly answer questions they would have otherwise gotten wrong! I think there’s still value in reviewing it today because these guides give me the freedom to write freely about pretty much anything related to topics, studying for the boards, etc.
Want the 2012 guide? Just click LIKE below and then download it (sorry, you must have a Facebook account).
The American Board of Pediatrics overview article was very well received by both pediatricians planning on taking the initial certification exam, as well as those preparing for the pediatric recertification exam. If you’re taking the recertification exam, you should definitely read the article and watch the video since it shows how you can get access to 200 free questions written by the ABP.
In this article, I’ll share a general overview of the structure of the initial certification and recertification exams, and I’ll also share a ton of resources available to you within Continue reading
The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) is a large and mysterious entity for most of us. In this article I discuss some of the basic ideas behind what the ABP is, and what its existence means to the majority of pediatricians. I also provide you with a few resources and tools from their website since the site is somewhat difficult to navigate. I’m guessing that you will be pleasantly surprised by at least 1 or 2 of the tools they make available on their website… like 200 FREE ABP QUESTIONS for anyone taking the Continue reading
BoardVitals pediatric board review questions are now available through PBR at discounts or for FREE!
PBR Has Partnerships That Will SAVE YOU MONEY!
Through Pediatrics Board Review, you can now get access to over >1000 pediatric board review questions (it’s actually up to 1200!) at discounted rates or for free! BoardVitals is now a PBR affiliate and we are working together to provide you with study resources that you have asked for. Soon, PBR will also be able to help you with discounts on Exam Master pediatrics questions as well. Unfortunately, the AAP is not interested in working with PBR to help you on pricing.
In term of PBR’s own board review questions, they are admittedly limited in number. BUT, I consider them to be CORE material that should be reviewed multiple times and not simply be used once for practice.
So, that means you still need at least 700 questions to use for PRACTICE. The American Academy of Pediatrics PREP® questions are often considered the “gold standard” for preparation, but Continue reading
Predicting the trend of the American Board of Pediatrics pass rates is tough. So, let me start by saying that I’M A LITTLE SHOCKED THAT I DID IT! In the Pediatrics Board Review article titled “Could the Pediatric Boards Pass Rate be 100% this Year?”, I discussed the possibility of having a dramatically improved overall pass rate for first-time test takers.
Why? Two main reasons…
- In 2012, the American Board of Pediatrics changed how they score pediatricians on the boards!
- In 2012, the American Board of Pediatrics FINALLY switched from the old “scantron” or “fill in the bubble” test to a computerized system. Continue reading