PEDIATRIC BOARD EXAM RESULTS FOR 2020 AND INSIGHTS FOR 2021

Test-Taking Strategies for Medical Board Exams
Pediatric Board Review Course 2021

Pediatric Board Exam Results – 2020!

Well, friends, results of the 2020 pediatrics board exam have been announced! This is always an emotional time for pediatricians. For us here at PBR HQ, it's also overwhelming because we get flooded with emails from the members who have worked so hard over the past year, and have now FINALLY passed the boards!  
 
The stories from our 2020 members 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, then 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 2021 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% – 91% over the past few years, with 91% in 2018 (highest pass rate in decades). 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 many years in the past, and the first-time pass rate for the initial certification exam test-takers has consistently been estimated at 98%-99%. This is based on surveys, email responses and the fact that less than 1% of our members file for 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 failing last year, have PASSED in 2020! Especially those who I was able to personally mentor at our Live Test-Taking Strategies & Deep Study Courses over Zoom and 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:

After six years and six attempts, I can FINALLY say that I PASSED! My spirit was so low and I had become so negative towards myself in years past, but I am so proud of myself for changing my perspective this time. PBR really helped me with test-taking strategies this time through the live course, and as Ashish always say, THAT course was the most important part of the test prep. I took EVERYTHING Ashish said and put it to practice. And now, I am a Board-Certified Pediatrician!

Thank you to PBR and Ashish for creating a program where those of us who have not had success before can finally find it. Despite all that 2020 has been, it’s becoming my favorite year!

Dr. CT
Board Certified Pediatrician (2020)
“No Brainer” Member
Live Test-Taking Strategies & Deep Study Course Member

This was CT's SIXTH 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 pediatric 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 2020!

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 IN 2020?

CLICK HERE NOW & LET ME KNOW HOW IT WENT!

 


FEEDBACK FROM THE PBR COMMUNITY

Overall, the feedback has been wonderful. 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 2021

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 2021? CLICK HERE NOW& SAVE BY GETTING PREORDER BONUSES ON THE NO BRAINER PACKAGE!

(PBR's “NO BRAINER” package is over 50% off of the total value of the package!)

REGISTER NOW FOR THE “SUCCESS IN 2021” WEBINAR

TUESDAY, December 15th, 2020 at 8 PM EST

Pediatric Board Review Success Webinar Registration

Space might be limited.

If you’re taking the boards in 2021, this webinar is for you! CLICK HERE NOW & JOIN ME!


WHAT TO DO IF YOU FAILED THE 2020 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 2021 PEDIATRIC BOARDS WITH PBR

SOLUTIONS to Your Most Common Obstacles

Are you unsure if PBR will be a good for you? 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 the PBR No Brainer package. This package contains everything you need, including all of our pediatric “fund of knowledge” resources in the All Access Pass, our Full Online TestTaking Strategies Course and three 90-Day Personalized Study Schedules created by Team PBR. For pediatricians at low risk for failing the pediatric boards, the No Brainer package will give you EVERYTHING needed to pass the initial certification exam. Like much of the PBR Certification System, there is NOTHING like this in the world of medical board review.

Plus, we've released the PREORDER SPECIAL for the PBR NO BRAINER package. 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 $1500 video 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. WOULD ANY OTHER BOARD REVIEW COMPANY THAT YOU KNOW OF DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS FOR YOU?!?We 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.
      • TEST-TAKING STRATEGY SUPPORT: Developing Test-Taking Strategies to help you pass your boards is one of the most important skills you can develop if you want to pass the boards. But, it's usually overlooked. We offer the PBR Full Online Test-Taking Strategies Course for a self-paced educational experience, and we also offer our interactive Live Test-Taking Strategies & Deep Study Course to help you break through the plateaus that you'll reach when you work in isolation.

When it comes to test-taking strategies, 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 NO BRAINER package

The No Brainer package 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 No Brainer package 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 No Brainer package is THE study resource you will need to pass the initial certification! 

PBR's NO BRAINER PACKAGE

The No Brainer package 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 video 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… You get up to THREE  Personalized Schedules created by Team PBR based on your YOUR schedule and needs ($891 Value).

AND… You get PBR's Full Online Test-Taking Strategies Course ($497 Value) and bonus PDFs.

The total value for all of the above is $3577.

The total value for all of the above is $3577, but the No Brainer bundle gives you OVER 50% OFF!

CLICK HERE NOW & LEARN MORE


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

Through the No Brainer package, 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 AND our support to create Personalized Schedules AND our Full Online Test-Taking Strategies Course for far less than that). 

Are you getting the feeling that we actually DO have a clue about the board review process? And how to get you a passing score on the boards? Then sign up for the PBR No Brainer package now.

DAY 90-DAY PERSONALIZED SCHEDULE DEMO

We Will Map Out Your A Personalized Study Schedule

CLICK HERE NOW & SIGN UP FOR THE NO BRAINER PACKAGE

WHAT’S AHEAD FOR ASHISH & TEAM PBR IN 2021?

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

  • 2021 Pediatrics Board Review (PBR) MOBILE APP! I'm going to make every effort to release a mobile app by mid-2021. It will allow you to read your content, watch your videos and listen to your MP3s… all from one place!
  • 50% OFF FOR RESIDENTS! For residency programs that have never used PBR before, we're now offering 50% off of our No Brainer bundle when the package is purchased for 100% of their graduating class. Interested? Click here and find out more!
  • MORE ZOOM-BASED 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. In 2020, I had 3 Zoom-based Live Test-Taking Strategies & Deep Study Course, and they were a HUGE SUCCESS. In 2021, I plan to offer at least two Zoom-based courses and 1-2 in-person courses (as long as it's safe!).
  • NEW ONLINE VIDEO COURSE: We're putting the final touches on our new study guides, and we'll use those to create a brand new Online Video Course.
  • NEW MP3 AUDIO COURSE: We're also going to release a new audio course!
  • NOTE-TAKING FUNCTIONALITY: Keep your fingers crossed, because in 2021, you may have the ability to TAKE NOTES through the online study guides.

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 2021, it's time to jump in. So what are you waiting for!?!

REGISTER NOW FOR THE “SUCCESS IN 2021” WEBINAR

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17th at 8 PM EST

Pediatric Board Review Success Webinar Registration

Space is limited.

If you’re taking the boards in 2021, this webinar is for you! CLICK HERE & JOIN ME!

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Test-Taking Strategies for Medical Board Exams
Pediatric Board Review Course 2021
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