Yearly Archives: 2012

For the Pediatric Board Exam, 2012 Might Be the Best Year Ever!

So the keyword is MIGHT, but I'm hopeful that it WILL be the best year to take the board exams in a very long time. The American Board of pediatrics has changed the way it grades and passes it's test-takers. From now on, it seems that as long as you correctly answer at least 70-75% of the exam questions, you will pass. This will be the first year but the American Board of pediatrics is trying this out. Many other specialty board exams have been using the system for very long time.

So what does this mean for you? Well, given that there is so much on the line this year for the American Board of Pediatrics (e.g., ABP scoring changes, grading changes, new computerized tests, etc.), I believe Click Here And Continue Reading…

The Pediatric Boards Pass Rate Could be 100% This Year!

I Know You Don't Believe It, But It's TRUE!

The pediatric boards pass rate had been horrendous for years. BUT, after a very long time, the the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) finally decided to make some long-needed changes in 2012. In the prior years, your grade was essentially determined based on a curve. The curve was meant to ensure that 20-25% of first-time test takers failed the pediatric boards resulting in a pediatric boards pass rate of about 75 – 80%. So, your chances of succes were determined by the mix of your peers. If your peers were smarter than you, that meant you were more likely to fail!

The ABP's New Way of Grading

Now, they have a new way of grading the initial certification exam. They finally decided to pass you the same way you were graded in elementary school. If you get more than a certain number of questions correct, you pass! That's it!

Based on my discussions with the American Board of Pediatrics, the number of questions you'll need to answer correctly will be Click Here And Continue Reading…

Is PBR’S Board Prep Coaching Course Really Hitting 100%?

At 4 PM EST on 7/18/12, PBR's Board Prep Coaching program went LIVE!

20 slots were allotted by PBR's Coach. 10 on 7/17 for PBR members and 10 on 7/18 for the general public. In total, 24 slots were somehow filled due to the massive demand and the course sold out within hours.

People were frantic to learn how PBR's Coaching Program can boost their chances of
passing to > 90%!

The “Coaching” goes way beyond the content. Coaching methods help you quickly dissect questions so that you’re left with the correct answer, even when you don’t have a handle on the content! We also teach you how to leave your hang-ups (fear, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, palpitations) at the door so that they don’t interfere with your performance.

The Coach was a medical board exam preparation genius who had been doing this for decades, and now her one-on-one courses are being made to members of the PBR community.  UPDATE: PBR COACHING has gone fully digital and purely online.


“It is really important to do everything she says… I took
that exam more times than Click Here And Continue Reading…

Could Your State REQUIRE Pediatric Board Certification To Practice?

So, what if you don't pass the boards, and one day your state
decides that it REQUIRES board certification to even practice???

According to this AMA article, it's a real possibility:

The entire issue reminds me of the recent switch to a 100% EMR system at my hospital.



Were they scared? Embarrassed? Too proud to ask for help
and training? Or just ready to go?

Well, like the switch over to EMR systems, I believe  Click Here And Continue Reading…

Does A Failed Pediatric Board Exam Mean You’re a Bad Pediatrician?

In my mind, the answer to the question to this question is a resounding NO! Have you heard that joke?

“What do they call the guy who graduates at the bottom of his med
school class?”


But what if you fail the pediatric boards? Our profession is filled with high stress situations, but at the end of the journey there is supposed to be a reward. Happiness. Fulfillment. A sense of accomplishment.

While I'm guessing that more than 95% of your fellow interns made it through residency, did you know that the ABP initial certification exam has been DESIGNED to fail up to 25% of pediatricians? I was shocked to find this out and wish I had a clue prior to taking the boards for the first time.

Why? Well, I failed the pediatric board by about 9 questions the first time I took it. Fortunately, I was able to turn everything around and blow away the boards the second time around. I am NOT a bad pediatrician, and I KNOW that passing (or failing) a board certification exam does not dictate your level of skill a a clinician.

In fact, the two are so “unrelated” that the best Medical Board Review Exam Coach isn't even IN the medical field, and I was able to increase my score on the second time around by over 130 points!

Coach IllustrationAbout PBR's Coach, you won't believe it either. She could be your grandmother… but she's helped HUNDREDS of physicians finally pass medical board exam and attain that feeling of liberation after failing multiple times.

And she's been doing it for DECADES.

I'm doing everything I can to put together a program for a handful of PBR members finally get over this crazy exam and move on with their lives. The course usually sells out by March for the entire year, so if you're interested in learning more, click here to learn more and see if the PBR Coaching course is right for you:


PBR COACHING is now fully digital and a purely online based program.

Also, if you're wondering about the implications of a failed pediatric board exam, consider reading the PBR article titled, “Could Your State REQUIRE Pediatric Board Certification To Practice?” While your livelihood may not be dictated by board certification just yet, the article will give you an idea as to where the country is headed. If you haven't become a board-certified pediatrician yet, the article is a must read.

To conclude, I firmly believe that there is a lot more that goes into being a “good pediatrician” than board certification. Unfortunately, for many institutions board certification has become a must, and is therefore necessary for most pediatricians. That's what the Pediatrics Board Review is here for, and I hope you take full advantage of all the resources that PBR has to offer.

There's a core study guide, a Q&A book, an online version of each, iPad and iPhone compatibility for the core study guide, a Roadmap to Success, tons of great articles on the site, and even a Facebook community specifically for PBR members.

Have questions? Just hit the contact button above and fire away.

– Ashish

In 2011, PBR Coaching worked with TEN pediatricians who failed their initial board certification exam. Some of them failed MULTIPLE times. Guess how many passed after working with us? NINE!