In 2012, the Pediatrics Board Review Corrections & Clarifications Guide was only about 25 pages. The guide contained corrections that I found and that others found in the 2nd edition of the Pediatrics Board Review Core Study Guide. The guide provided a TON of value and helped many people correctly answer questions they would have otherwise gotten wrong! I think there's still value in reviewing it today because these guides give me the freedom to write freely about pretty much anything related to topics, studying for the boards, etc.
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The American Board of Pediatrics overview article was very well received by both pediatricians planning on taking the initial certification exam, as well as those preparing for the pediatric recertification exam. If you’re taking the recertification exam, you should definitely read the article and watch the video since it shows how you can get access to 200 free questions written by the ABP.
In this article, I’ll share a general overview of the structure of the initial certification and recertification exams, and I’ll also share a ton of resources available to you within Click Here And Continue Reading…
The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) is a large and mysterious entity for most of us. In this article I discuss some of the basic ideas behind what the ABP is, and what its existence means to the majority of pediatricians. I also provide you with a few resources and tools from their website since the site is somewhat difficult to navigate. I’m guessing that you will be pleasantly surprised by at least 1 or 2 of the tools they make available on their website… like 200 FREE ABP QUESTIONS for anyone taking the Click Here And Continue Reading…
BoardVitals pediatric board review questions are now available through PBR at discounts or for FREE!
Through Pediatrics Board Review, you can now get access to over >1250 pediatric board review questions at a discounted rate! BoardVitals is now a PBR affiliate and we are working together to provide you with study resources that you have asked for. Soon, PBR will also be able to help you with discounts on Exam Master pediatrics questions as well. Unfortunately, the AAP is not interested in working with PBR to help you on pricing.
In term of PBR's own board review questions, they are admittedly limited in number. BUT, I consider them to be CORE material that should be reviewed multiple times and not simply be used once for practice.
So, that means you still need at least 700 questions to use for PRACTICE. The American Academy of Pediatrics PREP® questions are often considered the “gold standard” for preparation, but Click Here And Continue Reading…
A question I find myself being asked quite frequently is…
“Can you give us some sort of a pediatric board study plan?”
Having taken the boards twice, I know from experience what it takes to achieve a PASSING score. When I took the boards the passing score was a 410. I scored a 370 on my first attempt and a 540 on the second. Point being, I worked VERY hard to pass the second time and I've put all of my study techniques and insights into PBR. There's nothing like it on the market. The data that I've gathered thus far shows that the pass rate with PBR is > 90% for first-time test takers of the initial certification exam, and the PBR has a 100% pass rate for the ABP Maintenance of Certification (MOC or recertification) exam for several years in a row.
In order to mirror that type of success, though, you MUST know how much time you need to allocate to your study process. Then, you MUST Click Here And Continue Reading…
Propinqua-what? And what does that have to do with improving in-training exam scores?
The word is PROPINQUITY!
In a recent article titled, “Tips #1 & 2 – Start Early & Work Smart!” I talk about the direct correlation between residency in-training exam scores and the number of hospital admissions a resident does. I also discuss a study which shows that in-training exam scores do in fact act as indicators of a resident’s ability to pass the board certification exam.
In this article, I’ll talk about improving in-training exam scores by using propinquity. I was recently introduced to the idea of propinquity while reading Influencer: The Power to Change Anything, by Kerry Patterson. The book discusses strategies used by some of the most influential people around the world to influence change in all different aspects of life.
Webster defines propinquity as “nearness in place or time.” In the book, one of the sources of influence is the environment. The idea here is that that in many situations, you can effect change by modifying the environmental relationship of one variable with another. By altering the relationship of place or time between variables.
Now, let’s think of an example of how this concept might be utilized within pediatric residency programs to increase in-training exam scores.
Meet this set of twin sisters, Dr. Tracy Smith and Dr. Penny Smith. Both went to the same college. Both went to the same medical school. Both scored similarly on the MCAT as well as their USMLE Step exams. Their scores were never amazing, but they did well enough to pass. They’re both now pediatric residents, but Click Here And Continue Reading…