2014 Pediatrics Board Review Corrections and Clarifications

50-60 Pages of High-Yield Content Now Available!

I never realized that the release of the annual creation of the Pediatrics Board Review Corrections & Clarifications Guide would become such a big deal. It started off as a 25-page document in 2012 that I sent out to the PBR membership as a courtesy, and now it’s something that the membership essentially begs me for! The 2014 Guide is now available and it’s towards the BOTTOM of this article. If you submitted at least 7 errors, helped with at least 5 lookups, or you’re a PBR For LIFE! member, you should’ve gotten this for FREE already :-) – Thank YOU!

Want the the 2012 and 2013 guides for FREE? Just email us to upgrade to PBR For LIFE! Since this is a BONUS for PBR For LIFE! members, it’s not something I can just give away for free… BUT, if you “pay” for it with a Facebook LIKE… it’s yours!

2012 Corrections & Clarifications Guide

PBR 2012 Corrections and Clarifications

$5 for the 2012 Corrections & Clarifications Guide

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2013 Corrections & Clarifications Guide

2013 Pediatrics Board Review Corrections and Clarifications

 

 

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2014 Annual PBR Corrections & Clarifications Guide

2014 Edition of the PBR Corrections and Clarifications

$10

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Passing the Pediatric Board Exam – No Regrets

Don't have any regrets!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!

What Should I Do When It’s “Crunch Time?”

Well, let’s answer all the following questions:

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS (AAP) PREP DISCLAIMER

  • Should I Be Doing A Ton Of PREP Questions?
  • What Are The Best Pediatric Board Review Books For Me To Study?
  • What’s the BIGGEST “Bang For The Buck” At CRUNCH TIME?
  • What’s the ONE THING I Can Do to LEARN MORE EFFECTIVELY?
  • What Should I Do If I Have Questions About A Topic That’s Confusing Me?
  • Is Passing the Pediatric Board Exam Realistic for Me?

Should I Be Doing A Ton Of PREP Questions?

I answer this question in detail in a Pediatrics Board Review article titled, “How Many AAP PREP Questions Should I Do?

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…

Pediatric Board Review Online Video Course – A Solution to Broken, Live Conferences

Traditional Live Pediatric Conferences Are BROKEN!

Live Pediatric Conferences Are BrokenIn this post, I’m going to talk about the 7 Reasons Why Traditional Pediatric Conferences Are Broken. I’m also going to give you an opportunity to help design the ultimate online/offline interactive conference.

So, I would have to say that live pediatric conferences are broken. They definitely 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 a list of just some of the 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 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. Click Here And Continue Reading…

Pediatric Board Review Course 2014 Edition

The 2014 PBR – Your Ultimate Tool For Passing The Boards

PBR’s 2014 Pediatric Board Review Course Highlights

Highlights of the 2013 Pediatrics Board Review EditionAs 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. Click Here And Continue Reading…

Pediatric Board Questions – 3 Strategies to Skyrocket Your Score!

ARE TEST QUESTIONS LIKE MINI-PATIENTS?

Doctor Examining ComputerNO! Pediatric board questions are NOT like mini-patients.

Don’t believe me? Well, by the end of this article you’re going to:

  1. Learn the difference between real life patients and test patients
  2. Learn 3 strategies towards correctly answering board-style questions that you can put into practice IMMEDIATELY to increase your board score
  3. Become familiar with free and paid resources at your disposal to help you work on your test-taking techniques
  4. 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

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Passing the Pediatric Boards – The 3 MUST HAVE Ingredients

The 3 MUST HAVE Ingredients for Board Success

3 Key Ingredients to Passing the Pediatric BoardsPassing 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;

Relief

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a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I feel lighter and free.

- Dr. Wiseman,

Celebration

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My family and I celebrated all day long. We cried tears of happiness knowing the endless hours of studying are over AND payed off!

- Shy Doc,

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Pediatric Board Exam Results For 2013

Pediatric Board Exam Results For 2013 Are In! What Made the PBR Scores JUMP?

She PASSED!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!):

http://www.pediatricsboardreview.com/results

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 Click Here And Continue Reading…

100 Pediatric Board Pictures – Free & Downloadable Guide

100 FREE High-Yield Images for the Boards!

2013 Image Links Corrections and Alternatives GuideKnowing 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 Click Here And Continue Reading…

2013 Pediatrics Board Review Corrections and Clarifications

50-70 Pages of FREE High-Yield Content Now Available!

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! As of Sept. 2014, the LIKE software no longer works… so I’m now just giving it away! Just click on the image to download the guide. It would be GREAT if you could visit https://www.facebook.com/PedsBoardReview and give it a LIKE).
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A Board of Pediatrics Overview

ABP Exam Overviews

PBR Support and GuidanceThe 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 Click Here And Continue Reading…
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