2019 Pediatric Board Exam Results | Insights to Help in 2020

PEDIATRIC BOARD EXAM RESULTS FOR 2019 AND INSIGHTS FOR 2020

Pediatric Board Review Course 2020

Pediatric Board Exam Results – 2019!

Well, friends, the day is here. The results of the pediatrics board exam results have been announced! This is always an emotional day for pediatricians, but especially for us here at PBR HQ, as this is when we get flooded with emails from our members who have worked so hard, FINALLY passing the boards.  
 
The stories that have been wonderful. To have members say that we have changed their lives has been nothing less than humbling. Our members are also providing feedback on making the resources we have even better so that the PBR system continues to be the best pediatric board review available. While we are known for being the premier resource for anyone at moderate to high risk of failing the pediatric boards, the results below will help you see that if we can help pediatricians pass after SIX failed attempts, helping you pass the pediatric board exam should be easy. 

In this article, I’ll be covering: 

  • The pass rate for PBR members and first-time test takers 
  • Feedback from our board-certified alumni on how to pass the pediatric board exams 
  • Next Steps if you FAILED the boards (and common mistakes to avoid to make sure you pass next year) 
  • Free upcoming webinar on how to ensure you pass the 2020 pediatric boards

BEFORE WE GET INTO THE ARTICLE:

You are probably here because you either PASSED the boards, you FAILED the boards, or, you are preparing for the boards for the first time. Here are some quick steps you can take if you fall into one of those three categories:


PEDIATRIC BOARD EXAM PASS RATE – HOW DID WE DO?

So far, AMAZING!

The national pediatric board exam pass rate for first-time test takers taking of the American Board of Pediatrics the initial certification exam has ranged from 81% – 88% over the past few years. For the MOC exam, pass rates have been > 95%.

The Pediatrics Board Review (PBR) pass rate was 100% for all pediatricians taking the ABP MOC Exam for multiple years, and the first-time pass rate for the initial certification exam test-takers has consistently been 98%-99%.

This is based on surveys, email responses and the almost nonexistent requests received from pediatricians asking to cash in on PBR's 100% Money-Back First-Time Pass Guarantee!

While I'm always excited for when any member passes the boards, I'm especially proud of those members who, after failed last year, have PASSED in 2019! Especially those who I was able to personally mentor at our Live Test-Taking Strategies & Deep Study Course in Atlanta. All the wonderful emails and messages have been bringing so much joy, as this is the moment I and Team PBR work for; helping doctors FINALLY, pass the boards after multiple attempts.

Here's an example of an email that we received from a Live Test-Taking Strategies Course member:

Tears of joy are wonderful. No thank you could ever be sufficient for all the support and guidance from Ashish and PBR over the past couple of years. Ashish who truly cares and believes in each individual person and helps guide them. I honestly used to laugh at the people who said they improved by 30 or more points, didn't think it was possible. It’s more than possible with PBR and can't thank Ashish enough! I failed each of the past 3 years not even getting within 5 points of passing. I never ever thought of quitting or giving up. I went all in with PBR including the core study guide (8X!!), all access pass including the videos and audio, live test taking strategies course and a 2 hour 1-on-1 session with Ashish after having a moment of revelation. LISTEN to this man. Follow his advice word for word. I finally PASSED on the 4th attempt! I improved my score by 42 points!!! It takes an army to go through this. I had to sacrifice being with my family, but we did it together. I hope and pray everyone reading this that's ever failed or struggled with test taking in general to not give up hope. It can be done. Cheers!

-Dr. Russell Zweiner
Board Certified Member

Russ passed on his FOURTH attempt. And here's a video of Dr. Yessenia Castro, who finally passed on her FIFTH attempt because she followed all of the advice that PBR had to offer. Now she's making about $20,000 more per year, and she's in a job that she loves! I had the chance to meet her at the American Academy of Pediatrics' conference and even recorded this great little video.

Caught On Tape At the American Academy of Pediatrics Conference

Here's another video from the American Academy of Pediatrics conference. It's a conversation between a PBR alum and a resident in training. Watch the ENTIRE thing (it's only 2 minutes).

The last 15 seconds still give me goosebumps!

Before reading some of PBR's many success stories, we'd love to know HOW YOU DID in 2019! 

Tell us your highs, tell us your lows, tell us how the results have affected your family, your plans for the future, and your insights about this challenging exam.

DID YOU TAKE THE EXAM THIS YEAR?

CLICK HERE NOW & LET ME KNOW HOW IT WENT!

 


FEEDBACK FROM THE PBR COMMUNITY

Overall, the feedback has been wonderful about the entire PBR Certification System. The major categories of feedback have been around the following:

  • The EFFICIENCY provided by PBR through its concise, innovative and digital resources is unlike any other pediatric board review course available.
  • The SUPPORT that Team PBR provides is also unparalleled (logistical support, moral support, assistance with the creation of more Personalized Study Schedules than every before, timely responses from Ashish and the team, and so much more).
  • It's apparently “EASY” if you just follow the plan.

  • The CONTENT is excellent, concise, high-yield, and board relevant. It is more than enough to help you pass, but not so much that it overwhelms you!
    • Dr. Stephen Barbera is a former Chief Resident who did quite a bit of research before choosing PBR. He noted that there's a BIG difference between studying to be an amazing clinician and studying to take the boards.

  • The TEST-TAKING STRATEGIES courses made the difference! For many people that have struggled with passing a board exam in the past because they were average (or below average) standardized test-takers, the test-taking strategy courses offered by PBR completely altered their way of processing questions.
    • Dr. Frances Liu was able to get off of anxiety medications, date and eventually get engaged after passing with the help of the Live Test-Taking Strategies & Deep Study Course.

  • The DEEP STUDY teachings that were life-changing. For the members that attended the Live Test-Taking Strategies Course, they were fortunate enough to get 2 lectures on learning how to learn! The lectures were centered around breaking horrible habits related to how we currently study, placing boundaries in life for ourselves and for the people around us, figuring out the right cadence for studying depending on your own personal situation, learning how to FOCUS during your studying and so much more. There is LOW-QUALITY studying and there is HIGH-QUALITY studying, and you need HIGH QUALITY studying to maximize your chances of passing the boards. Again, these lectures series is reserved for our Live Test-Taking Strategies Course members.

CRITICAL STATISTICS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR YOUR PEDIATRIC BOARD REVIEW FOR 2020

By looking through data from thousands of PBR orders, I've been able to gather information that should be eye-opening to anyone who is contemplating the idea of becoming a PBR member.

  • MEASURE OF SATISFACTION
    • Out of 1000 PBR orders, on average less than 10 will result in a REFUND request due to dissatisfaction with the materials (sometimes refunds are processed due to double orders or similar technical glitches, so we don't count those). That is a refund request rate of LESS THAN 1%, which means a SATISFACTION RATE OF 99%!
  • MEASURE OF PASS RATE
    • Out of over 1000 PBR orders, on average we receive less than 10 requests for the MONEY BACK FIRST-TIME PASS GUARANTEE! That is less than 1%!

ARE YOU TAKING YOUR EXAM IN 2020? CLICK HERE NOW& SAVE BY GETTING PREORDER BONUSES ON THE ALL ACCESS PASS (AAP)!

(The “PBR AAP” is about 50% off of the total value of the package!)

REGISTER NOW FOR THE “SUCCESS IN 2020” WEBINAR

TUESDAY, December 17th, 2020 at 8 PM EST

Pediatric Board Review Success Webinar Registration

Space might be limited.

If you’re taking the boards in 2020, this webinar is for you! CLICK HERE & JOIN ME!


WHAT TO DO IF YOU FAILED THE 2019 BOARDS

I failed my boards on my first attempt as well, and while it stung, if I hadn't gone through that experience I never would have created PBR! So please know that failing the boards isn't the end of the world.

Over the past 8 years of running PBR, there are common mistakes that people run into when studying that can be improved before next year's boards.

“I feel lost. What should I do now?”

When someone fails, this is the first question that I get. The answer depends on a number of factors. You only have a 7-year window after you finish your pediatric residency to pass the initial certification boards. So my first questions is usually, “Are you still eligible to take the test at least one more time?”

“I Failed, and I'm STILL ELIGIBLE to Take My ABP Initial Certification Exam.”

Our lives are so much more complicated these days than they were back in medical school. Most of us have a job, a partner in life and maybe even a kid. Plus, our access to medical and board review information is SO vast that trying to study in a focused manner feels impossible.

Along with “lack of time” and “information overwhelm,” there are MANY other reasons why good pediatricians fail the pediatric board exam.

Here are a few from my upcoming article, “How to Pass After A Failing Pediatric Board Score”:

  • You over-studied
    • When you are bouncing from resource to resource trying to memorize EVERY morsel of pediatric knowledge, you are at risk for information overwhelm. In other words, study a ton and remember none. Without repetition of the core content, you can't have the reinforcement and mastery of knowledge needed to pass the exam.
  • You didn't practice applying your knowledge to board-style questions
    • Knowledge is only one piece of the puzzle. A common mistake people make on the boards is treating questions like patients. When in fact they aren't one and the same! Learning to quickly evaluate, break-down, and answer a question is NECESSARY to pass the boards. This comes down to either being a great test-taker or learning how process questions systematically through a course on test-taking strategies.
  • Didn't have enough study time
    • Sometimes, work, family and life get in the way of studying (and it shows when you get to the test center). I recommend spending at LEAST 300 hours studying to ensure you have mastered the pediatric topics and practiced your skills as a test-taker on enough board-style questions. If you failed, then you are now at high risk for failing the boards. For you, setting aside 500+ hours of study time would be more appropriate.

Did you fall into any of these common traps while studying? Let us know about your experience so we can help you pass next year!

“I FAILED, AND I'M NO LONGER ELIGIBLE  TO TAKE MY ABP INITIAL CERTIFICATION EXAM”

If you completed your residency 7, or more, years ago and you are still NOT board-certified, then you are no longer eligible to take the exam. You must complete at least 6 months of supervised training at a residency program that's accredited by the ACGME in order to reinstate your eligibility for the exam.

      • Can I still practice? YES. At this time, I do not think that any state requires board certification for state licensure. Many HOSPITALS do require it, and many insurance companies are starting to require it. If, however, you are in private practice and making a good living, then the lack of board certification may not affect you (for now). So if that describes you, I would simply continue practicing and I would not worry about the board certification unless you KNOW that it will affect you soon. After all, if you are practicing and making six-figures, then does it really make sense for you to take time off to go back to residency?
      • Should I stop practicing and quit the field of medicine? If the lack of board-certification is going to affect your income, and you're unwilling to go back to residency, then it might be time to look at alternative careers in medicine (e.g., teaching, working for an insurance company, working with companies focused on creating and improving electronic medical records, etc.).
      • What is the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Policy? What do I need to do to regain eligibility?
        • Here's the policy from the ABP site: “The supervised practice must involve direct patient care, with hands-on experience, in the environment of an ACGME (in the US) or an RCPSC (in Canada) accredited training program that offers a breadth of general pediatrics experience. The supervised practice must extend over a minimum of 6 months, but the required experiences as detailed below could be spread out over 12 months to accommodate personal needs.” You can read the full policy by clicking HERE. This means that if you can find a residency program director to supervise your work, you could attend your clinical duties in a residency environment for just 2-3 days per week over a 12-month period.
      • Which residency programs will accept me for the additional training that I need? You're going to HAVE TO CALL AROUND. The most successful pediatricians in your situation were fortunate enough to get a position with the residency program they originally graduated from. DEFINITELY start there!

I have looked through other areas of the ABP website for you (not an easy thing to do) and found that the following 4 pages area areas that you should become familiar with:


PREPARING FOR THE PEDIATRIC BOARDS 2020 WITH PBR

SOLUTIONS to Your Most Common Obstacles

Unsure about the PBR because you don't know if the content will be a good fit? If so, that's the EASIEST obstacle for us to solve for you. Start by taking advantage of PBR's FREE resources to “try before you buy”  in order to make sure it's a great fit. If it's a good fit, then jump in ASAP because we're offering you an opportunity to signup for our NEW PBR ALL ACCESS PASS. The content is new. The videos are new. The MP3 downloadable audio is new. Like much of the PBR Certification System, there is NOTHING like this in the world of board review.

Plus, we've released the PREORDER SPECIAL for the PBR ALL ACCESS PASS (aka the “PBR AAP”), which will tackle ALL of the common problems faced by pediatricians studying for the boards, such as:

  • I don't have enough MONEY to get all of those amazing resources. Heck, I can't even afford a single DVD course from “that other” board review company.”
  • I can't pass because I can't find TIME to go through all of the board review material I need to.
  • I can't seem to just sit down and FOCUS on studying. I get so BORED!”

Through the real PBR member feedback below, it's clear that the PBR Certification System is built to address and solve all of these problems.

MONEY & TIME

Thank you guys so much… I loved all of PBR –the customer support, the value for the money, online books, mobile compatibility, but if I had to pick one thing I'd say how the PBR was distilled down to what we actually need to know—not the whole peds bible. Very practical accessible knowledge (at my fingertips)!

– Dr. Lucy


TIME & FOCUS

It's easy to read and the book itself is short enough to not feel overwhelming. The memory aids were very helpful and also broke up the detailed content which made it easier to study for longer stretches.

– Dr. Roe


FOCUS

The PBR actually focuses on learning what you need to know for the TEST instead of just throwing tons of material at you… The reliability of the PBR staff was fantastic… The core concepts book was invaluable in terms of focusing on high yield material… I had to realize that studying for the boards was a practical endeavor about learning what was needed to get test questions correct, NOT learning more about pediatrics in general. Team PBR kept emphasizing this which helped so much in keeping me focused on important content and test-taking strategies.

– Dr. SN

SO WHAT MAKES PEDIATRICS BOARD REVIEW (PBR) DIFFERENT?

PBR is a comprehensive and integrated SYSTEM of education and efficiency. It is tailored to YOUR needs as a busy and oftentimes overwhelmed, physician. We focus not only on providing you the most streamlined study materials for the boards but also providing the test-taking techniques required to ensure you pass on test day. This includes:

    • GUIDANCE: The PBR website is filled with excellent resources to guide pediatricians on what to study, how to study, how to mentally approach the exam, how to structure your exam day, and MUCH more.
    • YOU and the PBR Community: For many PBR members, the PEER support system that PBR has created through the PBR Facebook CREW is a lifesaver. It's so easy to get lost, down and depressed during board preparation. Having others to lean on during those dark times is priceless for some members as they sought advice on the subject matter, time management, study techniques, or even just a little bit of motivation.
    • CONGRUENCE: The PBR resources are all built around the PBR Core Study Guide. Although there is a video course, an MP3 course, an online version of the Core Study Guide, etc., they are ALL based on the same content. This allows for seamless and EFFICIENT repetition and MASTERY of a core set of content that is PROVEN to help you pass your board exam.
    • INNOVATION: I am NEVER happy with the status quo. If there is a NEW way that I can help you study more efficiently, I WILL create it. Plus, I see Team PBR as a group of pioneers in the area of board review. That's why we have our Certification System with new technological advances and creations every year to help you study better and faster. Examples of our innovative efforts include…
      • An Online Video Course created with the help of our PBR alumni
      • Multiple versions of online study guides (desktop, mobile, searchable, full screen, etc.)
      • Test-Taking Strategy Courses on mastering board-style questions
      • MP3 audio courses (streaming or downloadable)
      • A Virtual Atlas of Pediatric Pictures that's available to you from any web-enabled deviceWatch the PBR Online Picture Atlas in Action!
      • CUSTOMIZED and personalized study schedules based on YOUR availability. This isn't something that we can offer everyone, but we have mapped out up to 180 days of study time for many of our members to help them structure and visualize their plan of attack. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS FOR YOUWe Will Map Out Your A Personalized Study Schedule
      • PEER support community which includes ONLY members of the PBR family
      • WEBINARS! – LIVE and recorded webinar to increase access to me and to experts on the PBR resources
      • TEAM PBR! – Our support team gets emotionally invested in YOUR success and your happiness during this challenging time.

The sooner you take the course, the more time you'll have to work with us to master the techniques needed to finally pass the boards.


ONE SYSTEM FOR EVERYTHING YOU NEED

The board preparation process is filled with MADNESS. There is fear, anxiety, overwhelm, stress, lack of time, lack of money, lack of high-quality guidance and lack of ongoing support.

The PBR Certification System was created to provide you with an EFFICIENT blueprint to walk you through your board preparation process in a step-by-step manner. By working with thousands of pediatricians and really listening to them, I have been able to create a systematic approach that has even helped people pass after SIX previously failed attempts! Plus, you receive ongoing guidance and support through the blueprint, through our emails, and through our private online, members' only support group.

In order to make your decision easy, we've created the PBR ALL ACCESS PASS (the “PBR AAP”).

The “PBR AAP” will:

  • Destroy any of your concerns about MONEY.
  • Give you congruent study content across SEVERAL hardcopy and digital resources
  • Allow you to study as a COMMUNITY
  • Give you many ways to study and find out what WORKS FOR YOU
  • Allow you to maximize your EFFICIENCY
  • Help you FOCUS on the most high-yield and important topics
  • Establish the correct MINDSET to reduce anxiety and increase your confidence

The goal is to ensure that you pass on your first try with PBR, and that's why PBR gives you a Money Back First-Time PASS GUARANTEE. The PBR AAP is the only SYSTEM available for pediatricians, and it is PROVEN to help you pass.

Failing the boards will easily cost you over $5000 in fees, study resources, time off, etc. Team PBR is here to ensure your time, energy, emotional and financial investments result in a passing score. This is why we've made sure that the All-Access Pass is THE ONLY STUDY RESOURCE YOU WILL NEED.

PBR's ALL ACCESS PASS

You can now sign up for a full 12 months of access to ALL of PBR's content and knowledge base resources at a special bundled price that gives you 50% off!

The ALL ACCESS PASS was created because we want you to stop thinking about which PBR resource you're going to use. Our resources are synergistic and can be used together for maximum study efficiency. For an enrollment fee that is less than the cost of a single pediatric board review DVD course, you get more value than any other board review course AND you get resources, support, a community, and a SYSTEM that nobody else has.

PBR'S ALL ACCESS PASS!

  • HARDCOPY CORE STUDY GUIDE
  • HARDCOPY QUESTION & ANSWER BOOK
  • ONLINE VERSION OF THE CORE STUDY GUIDE
  • ONLINE VERSION OF THE Q&A BOOK
  • ONLINE VERSION OF THE PICTURE ATLAS
  • PDF VERSION OF THE PICTURE ATLAS
  • STREAMING PBR MP3 AUDIO COURSE
  • DOWNLOADABLE PBR MP3 AUDIO COURSE FOR YOUR PHONE AND MP3 PLAYERS
  • ONLINE VIDEO COURSE (OVC). THE “DVD-LIKE” MOBILE FRIENDLY VIDEO COURSE
  • Q&A WEBINARS FOR EVERY CHAPTER
  • PRE-RECORDED TEST-TAKING STRATEGY WEBINARS FROM OUR NON-PHY2013 & 2014
  • PRIVATE FACEBOOK CREW ACCESS
  • FREE SHIPPING FOR THE HARDCOPY BOOKS

PLUS… Access to a $197 Webinar on test-taking strategy to help answer board-style questions… 

Total Value for all of the above…
= $1992

Sign up now pediatric board review all access pass

The special bundled enrollment fee gives you over 50% off!


Our biggest goal is to help you and other pediatricians avoid the same experience of failure that I had.

Through the PBR All Access Pass, we genuinely believe that WE HAVE REMOVED MONEY AS A BARRIER to helping you make your decision (other board review programs charge $1600 for a video course or live course while you get ALL of our pediatric knowledge base resources for less than $1000). 

If you are getting the sense that we actually DO have a clue about the board review process and that we know how to get you a passing score on the boards, then sign up for the PBR All Access Pass now. You'll also get a bonus 2-hour test-taking strategy webinar with me (regularly $197) for FREE, and if you need help mapping out a study schedule, then you can also request a PERSONALIZED SCHEDULE from Team PBR. The Personalized Schedule is NOT available to general PBR members, but we will accept orders for this unique resource from our AAP members.

We Will Map Out Your A Personalized Study Schedule

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WHAT’S AHEAD FOR ASHISH & TEAM PBR IN 2020?

I don't want to promise anything, but here are the projects I have in mind…

  • A 2020 Pediatrics Board Review (PBR): The Kindle version of our Core Study Guide will be published in January!
  • FREE BOOKS FOR RESIDENTS! We've started various partnerships with residency programs. We've started the PBR Residency Reach Out (RRO) program and we're giving away FREE BOOKS to residents. Yup… not a 10% group discount like the other guys, but actually giving a 100% discount! So if you know of a residency program that could benefit from free Core Study Guides from PBR, click here now.
  • MORE LIVE STRATEGY COURSES! The goal is to give everyone the opportunity to learn Test-Taking Strategies through an in-person course. The results and stories have been inspirational. Members make new “strategy” buddies, study buddies and they develop lasting friendships by going through an experience as a group! And again, I absolutely LOVE meeting my members and helping in person. I even get a little choked up at times because I truly find the experience to be the most rewarding part of my work.
  • + MORE… of course 🙂

Thank you SO MUCH for sticking with me to learn more information than you ever wanted to know about the pediatric board exam results.

And if you ARE taking the boards in 2020, it's time to jump in. So what are you waiting for!?!

REGISTER NOW FOR THE “SUCCESS IN 2020” WEBINAR

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17th at 8 PM EST

Pediatric Board Review Success Webinar Registration

Space is limited.

If you’re taking the boards in 2020, this webinar is for you! CLICK HERE & JOIN ME!

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Pediatric Board Review Course 2020
Ashish Goyal, M.D.