Have you heard? The initial certification exam for the pediatric boards was LAST WEEK! I performed a survey afterwards because I wanted to know how well my Pediatrics Board Review (PBR) system prepared PBR members for the exam. I also wanted to know how to better prepare pediatricians and pediatric residents for the boards.
Almost 50% of the respondents commented on how they wish they had the PBR available to them during their residency training. There was a ton of great discussion between the members of the PBR community and myself about how things could have been different, and should be different, when it comes to preparing for this brutal exam.
One of the most prevent themes was the lack of early Click Here And Continue Reading…
As the pediatric board exam nears, I'm often asked the following questions:
The information on the American Board of pediatrics website is a little confusing, so I've tried to clarify some things below. I try to address some of the more key information you will need on test day. In this article I'll talk specifically about the INITIAL pediatric board certification exam. You'll learn:
The break up for the ABP Click Here And Continue Reading…
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this 25 page booklet of corrections and clarifications to the PBR core study guide and the Q and A book. It’s being released just in time for the exam. I’ve been so pleased with everyone's wonderful contributions that I’m making this available to everyone (not just the Bundle Pack members). All you have to do is hit the Facebook LIKE button below. After you LIKE it, you’ll see a link that gives you instant access to the 25-page PDF (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).Download Now! [/pwal]
For those of you who do not have a Facebook account, or for those of you who would like to take part in the PBR forum, simply visit the PBR forum and go through the various sections to see corrections, clarifications and some phenomenal info from the PBR community.
I've received a tremendous number of questions about what the American Board of Pediatrics 2012 scoring changes might mean for this year's exam.
Before we get into my thoughts, let's recap the old scoring system and quickly go over the new scoring system.
SCORE RANGE: 0 – 800
PASSING SCORE: 410
INCREMENTAL POINTS: 10
SCORE RANGE: 0 – 300
PASSING SCORE: 180
INCREMENTAL POINTS: 1
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 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!
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…