The 7 Reasons Why Traditional Pediatric Conferences Are Broken
AT HOME or ON-THE-GO, mobile-friendly, alternative board review solutions
WEBINAR-BASED question & answer sessions that allow you to learn from content experts instead of doing all of the homework on your own!
The SOLUTION is a BLEND of proven strategies that allow for:
LIVE learning through a series of online webinars
The ability to ask questions from content-experts!
A MULTI-MODAL approach to studying
So, I'd like to start by simply stating a fact.
Live pediatric board review conferences ARE BROKEN!
The traditional board review courses surely served their purpose in the past, but given how much technology we have at our disposal these days, they no longer make any sense.
Here's the kind of feedback I’ve heard from former Pediatrics Board Review members who went on to pass the pediatric boards after they had previously failed the pediatric boards while using other board review materials, including 3-6 day live conferences:
“I spent $2000 or more on the conference alone, plus airfare, hotel, and car rental. Not to mention the time off I had to take from work. That was one expensive headache!“
“Do I really need to know about the 5 subsets of eczema? The subspecialists talked about so much random stuff that it left me lost.”
“I was essentially being forced to consume eight hours of content per day for three days on their schedule, and in their environment.”
“The material was so broad that I had no idea how to summarize it into just what I had to know for the boards. And if I zoned out for a few minutes, I had no idea if I missed something crucial or not.“
The 7 Reasons Why Traditional Pediatric Conferences Are Broken
To summarize some of the above sentiments, and some of my own, I’ve put together this list of reasons why traditional board review conferences are so flawed.
“Test Day” can be a terribly stressful and anxiety provoking time for the pediatric board exam. The key to avoiding that stress and anxiety is to have a solid foundation and to make the experience almost mechanical. The only way to do that is to become so familiar with your pediatric board review course that you know it inside and out.
PBR's 2017 pediatric board review course is a complete SYSTEM, including an online, offline, personal, and community-driven EXPERIENCE. As physicians, we're trained to tackle hundreds to thousands of pages in order to learn “everything.” But this is the WRONG approach to studying for the boards. We're also taught to read questions from the top, cover the answers and take a “top down” approach on vignette style board questions. This is also HORRIBLE advice.
PBR helps you take a streamlined and proven approach to passing the boards. You will:
Learn which content is most important to know
Understand the real reasons to use “pediatric board review questions,” and why you should NOT use them to actually review the field of pediatrics
Learn about test-taking strategies that allow you to answer board questions quickly and accurately even when you don't know too much about a particular topic
Discover a schedule and streamlined approach to preparing for the boards that will liberate you from the confusion and overwhelm that you're currently experiencing
The Retention Maximizer: Maximize your chances of content retention through common sense explanations, innovative “DOUBLE TAKE” topics which are repeated throughout the Core Study Guide, PBR “PEARLS” of knowledge that are guaranteed to show up on the exam, “story-based” mnemonics, and concise yet comprehensive content.
The Repetition Amplifier: Utilize multimodality studying through online videos, downloadable MP3s, mobile access, an online picture atlas, and other creative techniques to allow you to review the same core material multiple times by using technology to enhance your efficiency and interest in the material. We even have a tool that allows you to review 25 hours of video content in just 12 hours.
The Strategic Approach: Learn Test-Taking Strategies that allow you to systematically approach, dissect, and answer board-style questions on standardized exams. There ARE rules that you can learn to help you “beat the board game” and pass your exam.
The Network Experience: Do NOT study isolation. Utilize the support of hundreds of pediatricians in the PBR Facebook CREW to help you quickly answer your board review questions. Work with Team PBR to create a study schedule and plan specifically designed for you. Attend live webinars and get answers to your questions so that your confidence level is high and your anxiety is low. You SHOULD NOT have to do this alone, and the PBR community is here to support you.
Through videos like the one below, you will begin to quickly understand why PBR is not a “traditional” pediatric board review company. We're focused on helping physicians in ways that have been done before. In the video below, I share with you the arrival of the NEW2017 Edition of the PBR Core Study Guide, the NEW 2017 Edition of the Question & Answer books, two NEW chapter additions, and some other exciting news!
“How Will the 2017 Pediatrics Board Review EXPERIENCE Help Me?”
THE TYPICAL BOARD REVIEW EXPERIENCE FOR PEDIATRICIANS
As a pediatrician, when you work with a traditional board review company you most likely get a hardcopy study guide, perhaps a pediatric board review DVD course, or maybe you attend a live board review course. Then, you decide that you want to buy another company's resources too. If you're really ambitious, you might even have a full review of Nelson's on your list of books to read.
You try to study as much you can from as many resources as you can. You do so in isolation because of competing demands on your time (work, spouse, kids, social obligations, sleep), and you have a difficult time coming up with a good study schedule that they can actually stick with.
If you failed, or if you are nervous about taking an upcoming ABP board exam, please read EVERYTHING in this article because Team PBR and I are going to make sure that our 2017 pediatric board review course and Certification System ensures that your next attempt WILL be successful. Also, you may want to secure 1 of 16 slots for our March LIVE Test-Taking Strategies Course. I promise that it WILL sell out.
FEEDBACK FROM THE PBR COMMUNITY
Overall, I've been feeling amazing about the wonderful feedback that the PBR community has shared with us about the entire PBR Certification System. The major categories of feedback for this year have been around the following themes:
The EFFICIENCY provided by PBR through its concise, innovative and digital resources is unlike any other pediatric board review course available.
The SUPPORT that Team PBR provides is also unparalleled (logistical support, moral support, assistance with the creation of Personalized Schedules, timely responses from Ashish and the team, and so much more).
The CONTENT is excellent, concise, high-yield, and board relevant. It is more than enough to help you pass, but not so much that it overwhelms you!
The TEST-TAKING STRATEGIES courses made the difference! For many people that have struggled with passing a board exam in the past because they were average, or below average, standardized test-takers, the test-taking strategy courses offered by PBR completely altered their way of processing questions.
Thank you! I passed my boards this year. You have no idea the weight lifted off my shoulders. What did it for me were the core review books, web ovc, and listening to the MP3s constantly (I lost count how many times I went over each) Mind you I'm a new mom again. I had just given birth a month before the boards and I have a toddler at home, so you have no idea how those MP3s were a life saver during cooking, nursing and late nights.
Thank you again for all that you do!
– Dr. Elvin Akturk, Board Certified Pediatrician
The content is great. I liked being to access the material via hard copy, the computer, iPad, etc. What impressed me most was how quickly I was able to get through the material — it was definitely an efficient and pain-free way to study… PBR really emphasized efficiency and delivered its promise to get me prepared in a painless and fast way.
– Dr. Stephen Shih, Board Certified Pediatrician
The absolute best thing about PBR is that I felt like I had one resource that I could refer to and for me, being able to listen to the study guide made a huge difference… For me it was priceless to be able to listen to the study guide instead of me having to read the whole thing. It made it much easier for me to get through the material because I learn easier that way. I also took the strategies webinar and that was very helpful.
– Dr. Sheila Kilbane, Board Certified Pediatrician
Wanted to drop a quick note of my success with the MOC exam using PBR… I really wanted something formal to study. I used the PBR book, the VAPP and a lot of prep questions. Happy to report a scaled score of 289!
Ten years ago, I used Med Study – and although I passed easily, I found it to be very cumbersome and not really a lot of clinical or practical information.
PBR was the exact opposite. Very Clinically relevant. I was really impressed with so many directly helpful tips… Additionally, a lot of the points stressed in the PBR were verbatim on exam questions!!!
Kudos Ashish and PBR team on a great product.
I am recommending your book to everyone!
– Dr. Shayne Gadea, Board Certified Pediatrician
Wanted to let you know I passed this year- thanks to your course!!! I failed last year by one point and was devastated. Your course gave me the knowledge and confidence I needed. So thankful and relieved! Thank you!!! Happy holidays Mary
SOLUTIONS to Your Most Common Obstacles
Are you unsure about the PBR because you don't know if the content will be a good fit? If so, that's the EASIEST obstacle for me to solve for you. Start by taking advantage of PBR's FREE resources to “try before you buy” in order to make sure it's a great fit. If it's a good fit, then jump in ASAP because we're offering you an opportunity to signup for our NEW PBR ALL ACCESS PASS. Like much of the PBR Certification System, there is NOTHING like this in the world of board review.
Plus, I'm release the NEW PBR ALL ACCESS PASS (aka the “PBR AAP”), which will tackle ALL of the common problems faced by pediatricians studying for the boards:
“I don't have enough MONEY to get all of those amazing resources. Heck, I can't even afford a single DVD course from “that other” board review company.”
“I can't pass because I can't find TIME to go through all of board review material I need to.“
“I can't seem to just sit down and FOCUS on studying. I get so BORED!“
Through the real PBR member feedback below, it's clear that the PBR Certification System is built to address and solve all of these problems.
MONEY & TIME
Thank you guys so much… I loved all of PBR –the customer support, the value for the money, online books, mobile compatibility, but if I had to pick one thing I'd say how the PBR was distilled down to what we actually need to know—not the whole peds bible. Very practical accessible knowledge (at my fingertips)!
– Dr. Lucy
TIME & FOCUS
It's easy to read and the book itself is short enough to not feel overwhelming. The memory aids were very helpful and also broke up the detailed content which made it easier to study for longer stretches.
– Dr. Roe
The PBR actually focuses on learning what you need to know for the TEST instead of just throwing tons of material at you… The reliability of the PBR staff was fantastic… The core concepts book was invaluable in terms of focusing on high yield material… I had to realize that studying for the boards was a practical endeavor about learning what was needed to get test questions correct, NOT learning more about pediatrics in general. Team PBR kept emphasizing this which helped so much in keeping me focused on important content and test-taking strategies.
– Dr. SN
ONE RESOURCE FOR EVERYTHING YOU NEED
The board preparation process is filled with MADNESS. There is fear, anxiety, overwhelm, stress, lack of time, lack of money and lack of support.
The PBR Certification System was created to provide you with an EFFICIENT blueprint to walk you through your board preparation process in a step-by-step manner. By working with thousands of pediatricians and really listening to them, I have been able to create a systematic approach that has even helped people pass after SIX previously failed attempts!
In order to make your decision easy, I have created the NEW PBR ALL ACCESS PASS. The “PBR AAP” will:
Destroy any of your concerns about MONEY.
Give you congruent study content across SEVERAL hardcopy and digital resources
Allow you to study as a COMMUNITY
Give you many ways to study and find out what WORKS FOR YOU
Allow you to maximize your EFFICIENCY
Help you FOCUS on the most high-yield and important topics
Establish the correct MINDSET to reduce anxiety and increase your confidence
My goal is to ensure that you pass on your first try with PBR, and that's why PBR gives you a first-time money back PASS GUARANTEE. The PBR AAP is the only SYSTEM available for pediatricians, and it is PROVEN to help you pass.
Failing the boards will easily cost you over $5000 in fees, study resources, time off, etc. Team PBR is here to ensure that you get a passing score. We've also made sure that our latest resource is the ONLY study resource you will need.
The ALL ACCESS PASS was created because I want you to stop thinking about which PBR resource you're going to use. For an enrollment fee that is less than the cost of a single pediatric board review DVD course, you get more value than any other board review course, AND you get resources, support, a community, and a SYSTEM that nobody else has.
* HARDCOPY CORE STUDY GUIDE ($170 Value)
* HARDCOPY QUESTION & ANSWER BOOK ($25 Value)
* ONLINE VERSION OF THE CORE STUDY GUIDE ($75 Value)
* ONLINE VERSION OF THE Q&A BOOK ($25 Value)
* ONLINE VERSION OF THE PICTURE ATLAS ($97 Value)
* PDF VERSION OF THE PICTURE ATLAS ($97 Value)
* STREAMING PBR MP3 AUDIO COURSE ($97 Value)
* DOWNLOADABLE PBR MP3 AUDIO COURSE FOR YOUR PHONE AND MP3 PLAYERS ($147 Value)
* ONLINE VIDEO COURSE (OVC). THE “DVD-LIKE” MOBILE FRIENDLY VIDEO COURSE ($495 Value)
* Q&A WEBINARS FOR EVERY CHAPTER ($145 Value)
* PRE-RECORDED TEST-TAKING STRATEGY WEBINARS FROM 2013 & 2014 ($200 Value)
* FREE SHIPPING FOR THE HARDCOPY BOOKS ($25 Value)
PLUS… Access to a $197 Webinar on test-taking strategy to help answer board-style questions… ($197 Value)
My sincere goal is to help you and other pediatricians avoid the same experience of failure that I had.
I KNOW that if I keep my focus on continuing to help the pediatric community navigate the ABP exam, then the financial reward for my hard will follow. So helping you wipe away the financial barrier is one of the easiest ways for me to genuinely keep my focus on helping you, and doing so should make it the least influential factor in your equation.
Through the PBR All Access Pass, I truly believe that I HAVE REMOVED money from your equation. IF YOU DISAGREE… then it's likely that my philosophy, Team PBR, and the PBR Certification System is not a good fit for you… and that is OKAY! But in the interest of helping you, I suggest that you move forward with other traditional board efforts.
If, however, you are getting the sense that I actually DO have a clue about the board review process, and that I know how to get you a passing score on the boards, then sign up for the PBR All Access Pass now. You'll also get a 2-hour webinar with me (regularly $197) for FREE, and if you need help mapping out a study study schedule, then you can also request a PERSONALIZED SCHEDULE from Team PBR. The Personalized Schedule is NOT available to general PBR members, but we will accept orders for this unique resource from our AAP members.
Was the 2016 First-Time Pass Rate for PBR 95-99% Again!?!
So far, YES!
The national pass rate for first-time test takers taking the initial certification exam has ranged from 76% – 87% over the past 10 years. For the MOC exam, pass rates have been > 95%.
The Pediatrics Board Review (PBR) pass rate was 100% for all pediatricians taking the ABP MOC Exam in 2015.
Results for the initial certification exam are still coming in, but based on the responses so far, we are once again estimating first-time pass rates of > 95%!
This is based on surveys, email responses and the VERY low number of requests received from pediatricians asking to cash in on PBR's “100% Money-Back Pass Guarantee!”
CRITICAL STATISTICS YOU SHOULD KNOW
By looking through data from thousands of PBR orders, I've been able to gather information that should be eye-opening to anyone who is contemplating the idea of becoming a PBR member.
MEASURE OF SATISFACTION (SORT OF)
Out of 1000 PBR orders, on average less than 7 will result in a REFUND request. That is a refund request rate of LESS THAN 0.7%, which means a SATISFACTION RATE OF 99.3%!
MEASURE OF FAILURE RATE (SORT OF)
Out of 1000 PBR orders, on average less than 10 will result in a MONEY BACK PASS GUARANTEE REQUEST!. That is a refund request rate of just 1%! Do does that mean we have a 99% pass rate? Hmmm…
SO WHAT MAKES PEDIATRICS BOARD REVIEW (PBR) DIFFERENT?
PBR is a comprehensive and integrated SYSTEM of education and efficiency. It is tailored to YOUR needs as a busy, and oftentimes overwhelmed, physician.
Team PBR and I only pursue projects for YOU if we TRULY believe they are wanted, needed, and will HELP.
For example, you will notice that MANY of the messages we get are from HAPPY members who mention PBR's Test-Taking Strategies course. The course shows you how to break down and answer board style questions SYSTEMATICALLY. It's a unique course and it's not available through any other board review course out there. Not through any board review course in pediatrics, internal medicine, orthopedics, OB/Gyn or ER.
Dr. Shayan Vyas FAILED the boards MULTIPLE times before finding PBR's Test-Taking Strategies & Coaching course. Shayan's score report showed one of the HIGHEST scores I have ever seen. Again, this exam is NOT about your abilities as a physician. It's about knowing WHAT to study… HOW to study it… FOLLOWING THROUGH on a well thought out study plan… and having proper TEST-TAKING TECHNIQUE so that you can correctly answer board style questions in a consistent and systematic manner.
GUIDANCE: The PBR website is filled with excellent resources to guide pediatricians on what to study, how to study, how to mentally approach the exam, how to structure your exam day, and MUCH more.
YOU and the PBR Community: For many PBR members, the PEER support system that PBR has created through the PBR Facebook CREW is a lifesaver. It's so easy to get lost, down and depressed during board preparation. Having others to lean on during those dark times is priceless for some members as they sought advice on subject matter, time management, study techniques, or even just a little bit of motivation.
CONGRUENCE: The PBR resources are all built around the PBR Core Study Guide. Although there is a video course, an MP3 course, an online version of the Core Study Guide, etc., they are ALL based on the same content. This allows for seamless and EFFICIENT repetition and MASTERY of a core set of content that is PROVEN to help you pass your board exam.
INNOVATION: I am NEVER happy with the status quo. If there is a NEW way that I can help at least 25% of you study more effective or more efficiently, I WILL create it. Plus, I see Team PBR as a group of pioneers in the area of board review. That's why we have our Certification System with new technological advances and creations every year to help you study better and faster. Examples of our innovative efforts include…
An Online Video Course created with the help of our PBR alumni
Multiple versions of online study guides (desktop, mobile, searchable, full screen, etc.)
Test-Taking Strategies Course on mastering board-style questions
MP3 audio course (streaming or downloadable)
A Virtual Atlas of Pediatric Pictures that's available to you from any web-enabled device
CUSTOMIZED and personalized study schedules based on YOUR availability. This isn't something that we can offer everyone, but we have mapped out 90 days of study time for many of our members to help them structure and visualize their plan of attack. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS FOR YOU!
PEER support community which includes ONLY members of the PBR family
WEBINARS! – LIVE and recorded webinar to increase access to me and to experts on the PBR resources
TEAM PBR! – Our support team gets emotionally invested in YOUR success and your happiness during this challenging time.
BUT WHAT IF YOU FAILED YOUR PEDIATRIC EXAM? HOW DO WE GET YOU THAT “PASS”?
Reading emails from doctors who failed is one of the hardest parts of this “labor of love” I call PBR. But, it's a cycle. The pediatricians who failed in 2015 are the same ones I've guided to success in 2016. The pediatricians that have failed in 2016 are the same ones that I'll guide to success in 2017.
After all, I've been there. I failed my own pediatric board exam, and then I went on to demolished it the following year.
Plus, I've helped thousands of pediatricians pass and I've figured out what it takes to pass this exam. So if you've failed the boards, PLEASE reach out. It should be clear that I know how to get you the score you need. The PBR Certification System and the PBR COMMUNITY are here to support you in your goals of passing the boards and then moving on with your life!
I'd also like to share some specific information that might help you ACE the next exam with flying colors.
“What should I do now?”
That is the first question that I get when someone fails. The answer depends on a number of factors.
You only have a 7-year window after you finish your pediatric residency to pass the initial certification boards. So my first questions is usually, “Are you still eligible to take the test at least one more time?”
“I Failed, and I'M STILL ELIGIBLE to Take My ABP Initial Certification Exam“
Our lives are so much more complicated these days than they were back in medical school. Most of us have a job, a partner, maybe even a kid. Plus, our access to medical and board review information is SO vast that trying to study in a focused manner feels impossible.
Along with “lack of time” and “information overwhelm,” there are MANY other reasons why good pediatricians fail the pediatric board exam.
WHY YOU MAY HAVE FAILED THE BOARDS (READ THIS LIST!)
In order to move forward with correct mindset, you MUST look back and go through the following INTROSPECTION CHECKLIST of questions to see where you might have gone wrong. Once you have answers to these questions you will be able to start creating a strategic plan of attack for your next attempt at the boards.
WHAT DID YOU USE TO STUDY? PBR's Certification System has EVERYTHING that you could possibly need to study and pass the boards. In fact, it has so much high-yield information that many PBR members get scores in the mid-200's! The types of resources, systems, and support that PBR and the PBR COMMUNITY offer is impossible to find in ANY other traditional medical board review study guide. PBR gives you Books… A STRONG Focus On Efficiency… Technology… Mobile Compatibility… Test-Taking Skills… Peer Support… It's all right here.
“I DID USE THE PBR“: It's clear from the testimonials on this page is that PBR is an amazing resource that can help first-time test takers pass the boards… AND it can help people finally pass the boards after they have failed FIVE, or even SIX, TIMES! While you are not alone (yes, people who use the PBR can actually fail), the likelihood of actually failing when you follow PBR's blueprint is extremely low. Although PBR does offer a 100% Money Back First-Time Pass Guarantee, there is actually very little that PBR can do to guarantee that you'll follow the PBR Blueprint to Success as it is prescribed. PBR also cannot guarantee that you will put in place quality study time instead of studying after a hard day of work, We also cannot guarantee that you will go through the material 3-5 times, or that you will take advantage of ALL of the efficient resources that we have available to assist with repetition and mastery of the content. PBR also cannot guarantee that you will have a good handle on test-taking techniques if you don't go through the course and PRACTICE with about 1000 questions. PBR also cannot guarantee that you'll be conscientious enough to take some time off before the boards to study. Is there anything that you think you could have done better? PLEASE take a very honest look at where you could have done things differently. Then come up with some strategies for yourself, your family, and your employer to make sure the same things DO NOT present as obstacles again.
“I DID NOT USE THE PBR“: If you believe that you did everything right but you still failed, then the resource(s) that you used were either TOO overwhelming, or just TOO basic. Many of the board review companies fail to create resources that are “congruent.” Meaning, resources that are similar to each other. For example, one of the most popular board review programs has a set of books that is EXTREMELY DENSE. The set of books is already overwhelming, but then the company also has a pediatric board review DVD course (and a live course) that is surprisingly VERY different than the core set of review books. Many pediatricians have shared with me that they could barely get through the material just ONCE. I would NEVER claim that the “only” way to pass the exam is by using PBR. But, I DO claim that the PBR GIVES YOU THE BEST CHANCE of passing the boards. If you're a genius with excellent test-taking strategies, you'll pass with GOOD OR BAD materials. But if you're like me, then you're an average test-taker who may have even failed a medical board exam in the past. What you need is a SINGLE system that was created by someone who understands how YOU think. A system that focuses on curating board-relevant information that you MUST know. A system that focuses on simplifying the complex. PBR does ALL of that for you. It also ensures that all of the resources are tied to each other and built on the core content of the program (the Core Study Guide and the Q&A book).
DID YOU SET ASIDE ENOUGH TIME TO STUDY? Most pediatricians will need to spend about 300 hours studying for the initial certification exam. Do you think that you did that? Do you have any REAL sense of the number of hours you spent studying versus the number of hours you spent on PRACTICING the art of answering board-style questions? If you found yourself being pulled in too many directions (family responsibilities, social obligations, challenging work situation, etc.) you MUS take some time to learn how to create a study schedule for yourself, or you MUST signup for the PBR All Access Pass and then ask US to create a Personalized Schedule for you (fee applies).
WHAT WAS THE “QUALITY” OF YOUR STUDY TIME? Were you “cramming” in the last few days? Were you trying to study after a long day of work, or when you were already tired? Did you have set study hours, or were you just kind of “winging it”? Did you find yourself sacrificing your study time for other chores, errands or duties? Did you avoid your study materials because the process of studying felt too overwhelming and daunting? Think hard and please be honest with yourself.
DID YOU GO THROUGH YOUR REVIEW MATERIALS NUMEROUS TIMES? Everyone is unique, but my strong recommendation is that you go through the Core Study Guide and the Q&A Book at least 3 times if you're taking the board for the first time, and at least 5 times if you have failed ANY medical board exam in the past. Did you do that? If so, did you do that with quality and ACTIVE studying? Reading through it once or twice under poor study conditions will NOT get you the score you need to pass. Also, while listening to the MP3s on your way to work is a PHENOMENAL way to reinforce the core content, it's a PASSIVE way of learning. Therefore, you might NOT want to count an MP3 round of studying as one of your 5 rounds of review this year. My recommendation for you this year is to go through the material in a quality and ACTIVE manner 5 or more times so that you can KNOW the Core Study Guide and the Q&A book inside and out.
DID YOU MAKE THE CARDINAL MISTAKE? We all do it. We want to know everything and so we try to expose ourselves to EVERY possible disease, disorder, medication, and treatment option imaginable. So we go through MULTIPLE different study guides, or we decide to go through NELSON'S!!! It seems like a wonderful and noble idea, but it's one of the dumbest things that we do. I have done it. I am positive that YOU have done it in your medical career at some point. Trust me when I say that going through multiple study guides is a HORRIBLE idea, and you should know ONE book inside and out. That's it! I DO think it's okay to have other resources nearby in case you want to CLARIFY a single point of confusion, but then again… isn't that what Google and the PBR Facebook CREW are for?
DID YOU TRY TO STUDY WITH AAP PREP QUESTIONS? I LOVE the PREP question series. But in my opinion they are only good for ONE thing – PRACTICE! They should NOT be used to study. Did you try to go through hundreds of questions and LEARN from them? Did you spend HOURS of time researching the finer points mentioned in the lengthy explanations provided by the AAP? If you did, you did it wrong, and you MUST read, “Why AAP PREP Questions Are NOT The Best Study Questions.” Again, find one EXCELLENT, TRUSTED, PROVEN, and MANAGEABLE resource to study from and then become obsessed with it!
DID YOU PRACTICE YOUR TEST-TAKING SKILLS? When I first took the pediatric boards and failed, I only went through about 100 questions. That was a HUGE mistake. I have always thought that “if you understand a topic well, then you should be able to answer any question about that topic.” That's how I've approached board exams in the past, and fortunately I passed all them (until my initial certification exam). I then realized that standardized tests are FILLED with tricks, and that they are actually board GAMES. Board questions are NOT like tiny little patients, and your brain must be trained to read and evaluate these little puzzles and games in a systematic way. Board exams and board questions create a very artificial situation compared to the real world in which we practice, and you MUST be very well equipped to live inside that world for an entire day of test-taking. In order to do that, you must PRACTICE and perfect your test-taking technique by going through at least 3 years of PREP questions AND by taking at least 1 – 2 mock exams in order to simulate an entire day of testing. Did you do that? Did you feel comfortable with your abilities as a test-taker? Did you signup for PBR's free test-taking strategy session? If not, Click Here Now and Get Your Free Test-Taking Strategies Video Training Session.
DID YOU IGNORE YOUR TROUBLED HISTORY WITH STANDARDIZED EXAMS? The 3 key ingredients to passing the pediatric boards include the right CONTENT, your COMMITMENT to the preparation process, and the right test-taking TECHNIQUE. Again, answering board-style questions is a SKILL. It's like doing a lumbar puncture. It requires preparation and PRACTICE. Unfortunately, it's a skill that we are never taught. Instead, we are led to believe that if we know the CONTENT, that's enough. Former award-winning pediatric chief residents often FAIL the boards because they simply lack the skill set to do well on standardized exams. Have you ever struggled with standardized tests? If so, you have a TECHNIQUE problem. You CANNOT ignore this problem. Studying longer and harder can only help so much. Fixing this problem is the VERY LOW HANGING FRUIT for you. By going through just the CORE CONCEPTS in Test-Taking Strategies Webinar, pediatricians have seen an increase in their scores almost IMMEDIATELY. There is NOTHING else you can do in just a few hours to increase your chances of passing the boards EXPONENTIALLY. Once this idea of having a STRATEGY and having a SYSTEMATIC approach to questions “clicks,” you will never view board-style questions the same way again. Take the opportunity to learn HOW to approach board-style questions NOW.
DID YOU GO BARGAIN HUNTING?Were you one of those people who just couldn't part with your money?… Even though you KNEW that a particular resource would probably help you a little bit? I totally get it! As students and trainees, we were poor for a long time and we've learned to be extremely frugal. The exam costs over $2300, you've already gone through residency so you think that your clinical knowledge will get you 90% of the way there, and you're still feeling poor because of bills and loans. I GET IT! But guess what? If you fail, the financial and emotional costs are HUGE (approximately $30,000 – $50,000)! So get over it! This is NOT the time to be bargain hunting and you should HAPPILY spend money in order to get added peace of mind, or to BUY back time through efficient, concise and GUIDED systems. All of this also ties into your COMMITMENT to the process of proper board preparation. Either commit to doing everything you need to pass the boards, or just SKIP it this year. I get a great deal of feedback from new PBR members who are just starting their board preparation. I like to ask them why they chose PBR. Many of them say it's because of the reasonable pricing structure. I HATE hearing that answer. Making a decision about which board review material you're going to essentially marry for the next year is not a decision you should be making based on cost, so PLEASE DO NOT CHOOSE PBR because it is affordable. You MUST seek out the resource that's going to be the BEST FIT for you and then grab it, caress it, kiss it, love it and know it inside and out. It does NOT matter how much the resources cost. Board preparation can COST you 300 – 500 hours of your life, and emotional turmoil, and family drama, and professional drama. How much is all of that worth to you? At $100/hour, that comes out to 30K – 50K. How much is YOUR time worth? If you fail, you'll also have to pay an additional $2300 to the American Board of Pediatrics. Plus, you'll probably have to take time off of work to study. Plus, you'll end up buying MORE study materials the following year. It's a HORRIBLE situation that affects your self-esteem, your personal relationships, your professional relationships, and it has the very real possibility of have a terribly impact on your overall career as a physician. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not go bargain hunting when it comes to such a major decision. Remember, this is a ONE-TIME investment and not something that you are going to be paying for month after month. If it was a recurring fee, then finding the best deal would make sense. But it's NOT! So get the best help and support that you need from anyone and anywhere you can find it (board review materials, maids, babysitters, personal chefs, anything!) and do whatever you can to make this process as easy as possible. If you find resources that will support you in your efforts to pass the boards, GRAB them… and do so HAPPILY! You should feel ecstatic any time you can “buy back” time, efficiency or peace of mind. If you come across resources (or services) that will make your life easier, or your studying process more effective, GET THEM! DO NOT get caught up in the dollar signs. Focus instead on doing everything you can to pass an exam that is ESSENTIAL towards a long and financially lucrative career in medicine. So please maximize your efficiency through an integrated SYSTEM right in front of you. Strip away all of your confusion and focus on one thing >> PASSING! I can't find you a babysitter, but I can offer you a SYSTEM that will give you more value than you could ever imagine.
DID YOU IGNORE ME LAST YEAR? Well don't do it again. If you found that something in this article resonated with you, read it again… and again. In fact, set a reminder to read this ENTIRE article again on the first of every single month until you finally take the boards. DO NOT get lost in the challenges of life and work. Without a PASS on this exam, everything will suffer (self-esteem, career, family, time away from loved ones, finances… it's kind of a mess). Use this article as a reminder of what you should be doing and what you should NOT be doing.
The sooner you take the course, the more time you'll have to work with Ashish and master the techniques you need to finally pass the boards. Believe it or not, my own cousin paid for and took the course (and she passed).
Based on the ABP policy changes over the past few years, if you completed your residency 7 years ago (so in 2008, or prior to that) and you are still NOT board-certified, then you are no longer eligible to take the exam. You must complete at least 6 months of supervised training at a residency program that's accredited by the ACGME in order to reinstate your eligibility for the exam.
Can I still practice? YES. At this time, I do not think that any state requires board certification for state licensure. Many HOSPITALS do require it, and many insurance companies are starting to require it. If, however, you are in private practice and making a good living, then the lack of board certification may not affect (yet). So if that describes you, I would simply continue on practicing and I would not worry about the board certification unless you KNOW that it will affect you soon. After all, if you are practicing and making six-figures, then does it really make sense for you to take time off to go back to residency?
Should I stop practicing and quit the field medicine? If the lack of board-certification is going to affect your income, and you're unwilling to go back to residency, then it might be time to look at alternative careers in medicine. Teaching. Insurance companies. Working with companies focused on creating and improving electronic medical records.
What is the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Policy? What do I need to do to regain eligibility?
Here's the policy from the ABP site: “The supervised practice must involve direct patient care, with hands-on experience, in the environment of an ACGME (in the US) or an RCPSC (in Canada) accredited training program that offers a breadth of general pediatrics experience. The supervised practice must extend over a minimum of 6 months, but the required experiences as detailed below could be spread out over 12 months to accommodate personal needs.” You can read the full policy by clicking HERE. This means that if you can find a residency program director to supervise your work, you could attend your clinical duties in a residency environment for just 2-3 days per week over a 12-month period.
Which residency programs will accept me for the additional training that I need? You're going to HAVE TO CALL AROUND. The most successful pediatricians in your situation were fortunate enough to get a position with the residency program they originally graduated from. DEFINITELY start there!
I have looked through other areas of the ABP website for you (not an easy thing to do) and found that the following 4 pages area areas that you should become familiar with:
CAN I SHARE SOME PERSONAL HIGHS FROM 2016 WITH YOU?…
The PBR “coaching course” was previously an in-person course in one those “middle states.” I can't believe it, but PBR has been able to take the Test-Taking Strategies Course and create a completely digital version of this course. This course is now available initially as a 1-2 hour webinar which teaches the fundamentals of test-taking strategy, and then there at least six additional hours of webinar content that help you go deeper into the concepts of test-taking strategies. I LOVE the fact that all of this can now be done from the comfort of your own home, and that you can even participate from your smartphones and tablets. This was a HUGE undertaking for team PBR, and it has allowed so many more pediatricians to learn about this idea of test-taking strategy through our fancy digital and technological advances even though they are thousands of miles away. So cool!
The BIGGEST HIGH was
Another high was the PBR website face lift. We installed a new look to the PBR website. It's now TRULY mobile-friendly and adjusts the size of the page that you're viewing based on the type of device that you are using to access the content. The new look is SO MUCH “CLEANER” and easier to navigate. When I look back back at screenshots from PBR's original website, I am AMAZED that anyone took me seriously! It's also a bit humbling to think that I WAS able to get so much support over the years despite an “okay” website. I would like to believe that much of that has to do with the overall PBR philosophy, as well as my transparency around my own experience with failure.
SO WHAT’S AHEAD FOR ASHISH & TEAM PBR IN 2017?
I don't want to promise anything, but here are the projects I have in mind…
iPhone, iPad and Kindle versions of the Core Study Guide and Q&A Book!
FREE BOOKS FOR RESIDENTS! We've started various partnerships with residency programs. We've started the PBR Residency Reach Out (RRO) program and we're giving away FREE BOOKS to residents. Yup… not a 10% group discount like the other guys, but actually giving a 100% discount!
MORE LIVE STRATEGY COURSES! The goal is to give everyone the opportunity to learn Test-Taking Strategies through an in-person course. The results and the stories have been inspirational. Members make new study buddies, strategy buddies, and develop lasting friendships by going through a experience as a group! And for me, I absolutely LOVE meeting my members, and helping them out in person. I even get a little choked up at times because I truly find the experience to be the most rewarding part of my work.
+ MORE… of course 🙂
Thank you SO MUCH for sticking with me to learn more information than you ever wanted to know about the pediatric board exam results.
And if you ARE taking the boards in 2017, it's time to jump in. So what are you waiting for!?!
Are you aware of the various American Board of Pediatrics accommodations that are available? These test accommodations are designed for pediatricians who have specific needs, and they can result in you getting twice the amount of time to take the test.
Do you have specific needs when it comes to taking tests? Do you suffer from a condition covered by the ADA or Americans with Disabilities Act and subsequent ADAAA guidelines? Perhaps a condition which is going to leave you struggling for time on the boards?
If so, you might qualify for some amazing special accommodations, such as:
Extra time to take your exam
A private testing room away from all other test-takers
Extended break times
This article will give you the steps you need to pursue to get the special accommodations. We’ll cover important details about why the ABP offers test accommodations, which accommodations are available to you, how to apply, and most importantly – when you must apply to receive test accommodations for your board exam.
Why Does the ABP Offer Test Accommodations?
Like many standardized board exams, the American Board of Pediatrics exam must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) for people who have documented disabilities or a need for test accommodations.
Many people suffer from some sort of medical or neuropsychological condition which creates a hindrance to test taking. Test accommodations are intended to give everyone an equal chance at passing the board exams.
Unlike other board review courses, the PBR's Core Study Guide gets corrected and updated EVERY year. Many of the corrections and clarifications of the 2016 edition are are made available to the PBR community (below), and they allow members to have a more secure pediatric board review experience.
For anyone who is about to start studying for next year, or for anyone thinking about which board review resource to get for the MOC exam, this serves as a great sneak peak into the 2017 edition.
In this article, you will:
Get a preview of the most EFFICIENT 2017 pediatric board review course available
Get a great review of several excellent and high-yield topics
Get a FREE MP3 Audio Chapter from PBR
Get 50 FREE High-Yield Images from PBR
Get a FREE Test-Taking Strategies Video Training Session
Get the opportunity to PREORDER the 2017 edition books for 50% off of the value of the Ultimate Bundle Pack or 82% OFF of the LIFETIME package called “PBR FOR LIFE!” Please note that the PBR FOR LIFE! package is NOT available through the PBR catalog, so this is a SPECIAL opportunity!
A FEW WORDS OF THANKS TO THE PBR COMMUNITY
Every year I like to go through all PBR error submission and send corrections to PBR members before the initial certification exam. It’s an EXTREMELY time consuming task (takes several full days), but I believe it’s worth it.
If you have followed THE PBR EFFICIENCY BLUEPRINT, the information in this guide SHOULD NOT make or break your test experience. However, several test-takers have previously said that they enjoyed reading our “Corrections & Clarifications Guide” because the review allowed them to correctly answer several questions that came up on the exam. With the 2016 Initial Certification exam just around the corner, this guide was first sent out to all PBR members, and now it's being made available to you, too!
When it comes to passing the pediatric board exam, all logic and reason can get thrown out the window during “crunch time.”
In this article, I want to share some resources and tips to help you calm the nerves, help you focus on maximizing your chances at passing the pediatric boards and most of all… ensure that at the end of the test-taking process you have absolutely NO REGRETS!
In summary, the idea behind using ANY sort of board questions should be for PRACTICE. It is NOT to learn board-relevant content. For that, you should be focusing on a single, primary study resource (called the PBR).
This means that you don’t aim to learn new content from those questions. Your aim should be to practice your test-taking SKILLS. When I refer to “test taking skills,” I mean…
Are you falling for traps?
Are you reading the English within the actual question carefully?
Are you extracting the appropriate information from the clinical vignette?
Are you keeping a steady pace, and able to LET GO of a question when it is one that is…
Taking you forever to think through?
About a topic that you KNOW you are weak in?
Is SUPER long?
Passing the board exam requires a blend of strong board-relevant clinical knowledge, plus test-taking skills. Many physicians do not realize this and they continue to fail over and over again. They assume that board questions are like miniature patients, but they are not!Click Here And Continue Reading…