Passing the Pediatric Board Exam – Maximizing CRUNCH Time

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?

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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…

Need a Step-By-Step Pediatric Board Study Schedule?

Trust me… You DO Need A Schedule!

Map out Your Study ScheduleIn 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…

Test-Taking Strategies for Medical Board Exams

WHAT IS THE PBR TEST-TAKING STRATEGIES AND COACHING COURSE?

The Test-Taking Strategies Course is specifically for physicians, medical students and medical professionals who are preparing for standardized board exam.

The program is a techniques-based program geared towards:

  • Focused content extraction
  • Developing the skills needed to quickly and systematically process vignettes and answer choices in order to  uncover the correct answer
  • Using process of elimination to guide
  • Going BEYOND the 3 Key Ingredients to Board Success by focusing on the overall study experience, and the test-day experience

The course also assists with:

  • Test-day diet
  • Test-day routine
  • PRE-test day routine
  • Study schedules
  • Test-day strategies
  • Anxiety reduction… and much more.

It is an eye-opening experience for most physicians who go through the course. Many find it shocking to learn techniques and systems that can be applied to help find the correct answer even with LITTLE CLINICAL KNOWLEDGE about a particular topic.

Ashish, I did it. I can't thank you enough for creating an amazing system to keep me on track with my studying. And… 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 also wanted to let you know that since passing boards, I began looking for new jobs and in June I will be a pediatric hospitalist at University of Chicago, which means more pay, benefits, an exciting new field of medicine and more time at home with my girls. Thank you soooo much!

– Dr. Yessenia Castro-Caballero, Board Certified Pediatrician

CLICK HERE AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LIVE TEST-TAKING STRATEGIES COURSE THAT CHANGED DR. CASTRO'S LIFE

The general structure of the course is as follows:

  • Attend the Core Concepts in Test-Taking Strategies webinar. Learn strategies and concepts that were previously taught in our $4000 course. We’ll go through concrete concepts and techniques that you can start using TODAY. We’ll also discuss test-taking mindset, the 3 Pillars of Board Success, and we will go through a set of board-style questions to demonstrate HOW to use the techniques. This single webinar can immediately begin to increase your practice session scores.
  • Get the BONUS PDF of Algorithms from the Core Concept. During the Core Concepts webinar, you’ll also get access to a BONUS PDF of the algorithms that were covered in the webinar. You will also get access to the recorded REPLAY.

I found myself stuck many times, failing to pick the best answer even though the correct answer was always between my best 2 options. Everything was more clear when Ashish recommended to always pick the answer that addresses the “most important clinical issue” of the question. I started to use this technique this past week, and my test scores have improved remarkably. Thanks so much!! I am ready for the next webinar!!'

– Dr. Leslie

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Appreciated that Ashish was able to break down the thought process and convey it to me. It reinforced prior techniques learned, focuses on my effort, and gives me confidence in performing the techniques consistently. I was beginning to feel like I was “all over the pace” when approaching the questions. The techniques were articulated in a way which “clicked” with me.

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  • Enjoy 4 additional “Processing Questions” webinars in which we go through additional questions. You will have a chance to come up with your own answers before I share mine. We’ll also cover additional ADVANCED strategies not covered in the Core Concepts webinar to drastically INCREASE YOUR SPEED and accuracy.
  • Enjoy a “Group Chat” webinar covering commonly asked questions by members of the Test-Taking Strategy course. Alumni of the course and I discuss additional strategies covering diet, anxiety-reduction, test-taking techniques and maximizing the benefit of your mock exams.
  • Enjoy access to over 16 HOURS of additional “Coaching” webinars from our pre-digital days of the “Coaching” program. Overall, that's more than 20 hours of education and training
  • Money-Back First-Time Pass Guarantee
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee: After enrolling to attend the Core Concepts Webinar or the full Test-Taking Strategies Course, you can request a full refund after attending the first webinar. Just email us immediately after the webinar and we'll take care of the rest!

The test-taking strategies from PBR's courses have helped physicians finally pass their boards after they had failed MULTIPLE times.

Failed But Then Finally Passed With PBR TTS and Coaching

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The pediatric board exam has historically had one of the highest failure rates in all of medicine. In recent years, a maximum cap was placed on the number of times a pediatrician could take the boards. We've had the pleasure of helping doctors FINALLY pass their board exams during their LAST possible attempt! They had failed FOUR, FIVE and even SIX times and it was a true Click Here And Continue Reading…

Pediatric Board Review Course 2017 (Seventh Edition)

The 2017 PBR – Your Certification SYSTEM For Passing The Boards

PBR’s 2017 Pediatric Board Review Course Highlights

Highlights of the 2013 Pediatrics Board Review EditionAs the author of the best pediatric board review course 2017 edition, I strive to push for evermore excellence year after year. For the 2017 American Board of Pediatrics initial certification and maintenance of certification (MOC) exams, here are just a few of the highlights that PBR members enjoy:

  • Free list of corrections as submitted by PBR members and verified by me. I do this every year. In 2017, I plan on AGAIN. This is not just a bland list of typos or corrections. It's a list of corrections, explanations, AND clarifications for areas in the book that were confusing to members.
  • Efficiency in studying through the power of technology. Use your iPad, iPhone, or Kindle 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, Kindle, Android… You name it!
  • Members’ only Facebook group and online community

Again, these are just a few of the benefits PBR members are already enjoying. Keep reading below for a little more detail on each. Click Here And Continue Reading…

2016 Pediatric Board Review Books – A Sneak Peek

The 2016 Pediatric Board Review PREVIEW Is Here!

2016 Pediatric Board Review ModificationsUnlike other board review courses, the PBR's Core Study Guide gets corrected and updated EVERY year. Many of the corrections and clarifications of the current 2015 edition are are made available to the PBR community here, and they will provide a sneak peak into the 2016 edition as well.

In this article, you will:

  • Get a preview of the most EFFICIENT 2016 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 2016 edition books for 50% off of the value of the Ultimate Bundle Pack or the lifetime package called “PBR FOR LIFE!”

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.

Although the information in this corrections area SHOULD NOT make or break your test-experience if you have followed the PBR Efficiency Blueprint, several test-takers have previously said Click Here And Continue Reading…

Pediatric Board Exam Results for 2014

The Exam Results For 2014 Are In!

I can’t believe the pediatric board exam results for 2014 are already here, and so early this year! Based on the emails I'm getting, it was a GREAT year to take the exam. Since I failed the first time I took the boards, I’m especially happy to hear that PBR made the difference for SO many repeat exam takers who previously failed the pediatric boards. It wasn’t all good news, though, and my heart really goes out to those who didn’t make the mark.

 

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