Simple Ways to Make the Most of Board Reviews

Medical specialty board exams are vigorous tests of your subject knowledge. Without a clear plan and study schedule, you’re likely to wind up feeling stressed as exam day approaches. Here are a few useful tips on how to stay on

COMLEX Free Practice Questions

COMLEX is a particularly challenging exam. We’ve interviewed many students, and the most common word to describe the test is ‘tricky.’ In particular, the neurology and neuroanatomy questions are consistently noted as the hardest. It is not uncommon to run across

PANCE Free Practice Questions

The PANCE exam is a fairly straightforward test – the questions are generally not designed to trick the student and the idea is to test fundamental knowledge. That said, the exam does cover a very wide range of topics, so

Why You Need Help Passing Your Board Exam

There are many challenges associated with taking and passing the medical board exam. If you are a would-be physician with only the board exam standing between you and your new career, you may need some extra help in making sure

Five Difficult Areas on the Emergency Medicine Boards

The five most difficult areas are usually going to be the five areas that you spent the least time reviewing, reviewed in the most distant period, or that that you just never quite understood. If there is an area with

Pediatric Board Question Format

We spend a significant amount of time talking to Pediatricians about the board format. Some common questions that we are asked: ‘What format are the questions in?’ and ‘Are there any of the all, some, or none type questions?’ The

Tips and Tricks for the Internal Medicine Boards

Passing the Internal Medicine boards is vital to the practice. Offered by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the exam verifies physicians are knowledgeable and skilled in all aspects of internal medicine and ensures they attain a high level of competence. Most

9 things you must know before taking the USMLE Step 1 exam

The United States Medical Licensure Exam (USMLE) Step 1, commonly called “the Boards,” is a standardized test that assesses a med student’s ability to apply basic science fundamentals to the practice of medicine. The entire exam has three steps, but

What’s in a Radiologist’s Bag?

Ever wonder what’s in a Radiologist’s bag? Besides your favorite tibia selfie? Favorite submitted Radiologist comment on this post: ‘I find this humerus’

How to Recognize a Psychiatrist’s Bag – Board Vitals

Ever wonder what’s in a Psychiatrist’s bag? (besides your favorite stress ball?)

How to Recognize a Pediatrician’s Bag by Its Contents – Board Vitals

Ever wonder what’s in a Pediatrician’s bag? Every pediatrician walks around with a box of clown noses, right??? Other Pediatrician Humor from the Web! —–from reader’s digest—- We brought our newborn son, Adam, to the pediatrician for his first checkup.

How to Recognize a Pathologist’s Desk – Board Vitals

How to recognize a Pathologist’s desk? (well, besides your favorite old tissue sample) More Pathology Humor: Four docs went on a duck-hunting trip together: a family practitioner, a gynecologist, a surgeon, and a pathologist. As a bird flew overhead, the

How to Recognize an Obstetrician’s Bag – Board Vitals

Ever wonder what’s in an Obstetricians bag? Other OB humor: A hospital posted a notice in the nurse’s lounge saying: “Remember, the first five minutes of a human being’s life are the most dangerous.” Underneath, a nurse had written: “The

Board Vitals CME Announcement

Announcement: Board Vitals is in the application phase for being able to issue CME credits by year end 2014. The purpose of the ACCME accreditation requirements is to set expectations for accredited providers that ensure CME is independent, based on

How to Have a Life While Preparing for the NCLEX-RN Exam

Guest Post: The Self Employed Nurse The Reality of Nursing School Admission into most nursing programs is highly competitive process. When you receive your letter of acceptance into a program the experience can parallel winning the lottery. Later, toward the

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New Psychiatry Vignette Board Review Format in 2014

For those of you gearing up to take the Psychiatry boards, the new format is challenging. The style of the exam is a case introduction, video, and then multiple choice or multiple select options. You can find sample questions directly

Neurology Board Review Practice Questions

The Neurology Board Exam can be a challenge, but generally has a pass rate around 90%. Although this is higher than most board examinations, it’s important to review key concepts to stay out of the 10%. Below are sample Neurology

Radiology Board Review Practice Questions

Although the Radiology Board Exam has an average pass rate around 90%, it should be well prepared for. Going through a question bank that has content suggestions can help identify weak spots.  Below are some sample Radiology Board Questions to help

Gastroenterology Board Review Practice Questions

The GI Board Exams have a pass rate around 94%, but you are definitely going to need to prepare . For this type of exam, it’s best to focus on the core material – make sure you know the basics,

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Board Review Practice Questions

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Board Exam generally has a fairly high pass rate compared with the general Psychiatry Boards, which tend to be more difficult.  Quickly going through a question bank can help identify weak spots. Below are a couple