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…
It's great to see that the 2016 pediatric board exam results are FINALLY out! I am SO PROUD of my PBR members.
The scores that I've seen have blown me away! But most of all, I'm ECSTATIC about helping the doctors that I coached and mentored personally in Atlanta. I've had emails come in like this one from folks that FINALLY passed after previously FAILING MULTIPLE times when using other resources!
Ashish, I did it. I can't thank you enough for creating an amazing system to keep me on on track with my studying. And the $2000 for the live weekend test taking course was well worth it. Doing the technique during the test kept me focused and allowed me to eliminate wrong answers. Thank you for all the great advice, sticking to the material, memorize, memorize, memorize then practice practice practice. After 4 failed attempts it was exhilirating to finally read the words, “we are PLEASED to announce you PASSED!” I will definitely recommend your program.
Dr. Yessenia Castro-Caballero, Board Certified Pediatrician
This video from the American Academy of Pediatrics conference has also blown me away. It's a conversation between a PBR alum and a resident in training. Watch the ENTIRE thing (it's only 2 minutes).
The last 15 seconds still give me goose bumps!
(The “PBR AAP” is about 50% off of the total value of the package!)
Here's what I'm going to cover in today's article:
Space might be limited.
If you’re taking the boards in 2017, this webinar is for you! CLICK HERE & JOIN ME!
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.
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:
I just wanted to let you know that I passed! Thank you so much for everything. The PBR system was great and the live course totally changed how I approached the test. I am so looking forward to not having to spend next summer studying. I would highly recommend PBR to anyone studying for this awful, horrible exam.
We have received SO MANY messages of thanks and I'm looking forward to sharing some of those with you below.
Tell us your highs, your lows and your insights about this challenging exam. Also share with us the affect that your result has had on your family, and the plans that you have for the future!
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!
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:
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
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:
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.
You can now sign up for a full 12 months of access to ALL of PBR's content and knowledge base resources at a special bundled price that gives you 50% off!
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)
Total Value for all of the above…
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.
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!”
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.
CONGRATS AGAIN TO EVERYONE WHO PASSED!
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.
PBR's Certification System covers ALL of that!
Start by going through the “Introspection Checklist” and joining me for PBR's SUCCESS WEBINAR!
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
I don't want to promise anything, but here are the projects I have in mind…
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:
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…