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A Pediatric Board Forum by PBR – Join the PBR Facebook CREW!


PBR's Facebook GroupIt's a pediatric board review FORUm, but it's through Facebook! Pediatrics Board Review has created a Facebook Page as well as a Facebook Group. There are two primary differences between these. The page can be liked by anyone and posts can be seen by anyone. PBR's Facebook Group is a forum area for the PBR community to get together and ask each other questions about the board exam, pediatrics and the content in the PBR study guides. If you have an active PBR membership, you can join the CREW! All posts are strictly private can only be seen by other PBR members of the group.



Studying for the American Board of Pediatrics initial certification exam can be a daunting experience and can make a person EXTREMELY lonely. Especially for the many Click Here And Continue Reading…

Pediatric Board Exam Results – Pediatrics Board Review (PBR)



New Pediatric Board Exam Results

Pediatric board exam results have varied over the years from the mid 70s to the high 80s due to changes in the ABP's scoring. Higher pass rates are achieved through planning and structure. For me, I am SO glad that I had this year's “results day” off. There was no warning at all; just BAM! It was such a roller coaster of emotions as the emails started pouring in that I’m sure I would not have been able to give my patients the attention they deserve.


I was flooded with emails thanking me for creating PBR, and also for making myself so available this past year. For many, it was their first time taking the exam, I’m still collecting the numbers, but almost everyone passed if it was their first attempt.

I’d love to know you did so PLEASE submit your results HERE (should take less than 30 seconds):

For others, it was their first time PASSING the exam after MULTIPLE attempts. Given that a “failed peds board exam” email always triggers sadness as I'm reminded of my own first experience with the boards, I especially felt connected to these docs' emails.

Although the ABP has refused my request to release statistics on how likely it is for repeat test-takers to pass the initial certification exam, my guess is that the PASS RATE for physicians who have failed once is probably around 30-40%, and for those who have failed more than once the pass rate is likely 10-20%. Given these estimations, emails and testimonials like this one hold so much value for me:

“Dear Ashish,

I just wanted to let you know that I have passed my boards. I used your book and your questions and all your suggestions as well as peggy's method and it truly made a difference.  You should know that your resources are quite valuable and you should be proud of what you have created. 

I would totally hug you right now (don't mean to be inappropriate), just feel very grateful and happy 🙂

Be well,


Suresh had failed the peds boards 3x prior to finding PBR and PBR Coaching.


Here’s another email:

“Put the test off because 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!