In this article we'll talk about:
The SOLUTION is a BLEND of proven strategies that allow for:
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.“
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:
The PBR Certification SystemTM Includes…
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 NEW 2017 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!
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In 2017, enrollment into the PBR 12-MONTH ALL ACCESS PASS is now available for EVERYONE!
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.
You might get through a handful of practice questions, but Click Here And Continue Reading…
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:
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.
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.
If you believe that you may qualify for a test accommodation, Click Here And Continue Reading…
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:
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!
Well, let’s answer all the following 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…
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…
In the article titled “Need a Pediatric Board Study Plan?” I talk about how important it is to commit enough time to your studies.
I often get asked questions like…
“Can you provide a general pediatric board study schedule?”
“I'm in practice, can you provide me with a pediatric board study plan that works for me?”
“Can you provide a pediatric board study schedule for those of us in fellowship?”
For first-time test takers who usually score ABOVE the national mean on their board exams, I recommend a MINIMUM of 2-300+ hours, and a MINIMUM of 3 rounds of reading all of the “core” Pediatrics Board Review material.
Please remember, though, a schedule is only as valuable as your DETERMINATION to follow it. In this article, I breakdown those 300 hours into a manageable, concrete schedule that you can use to guide your studies. Click Here And Continue Reading…