Shortcuts for the Psychiatry NBME Shelf Exam

The Psychiatry NBME shelf exam is considered to be one of the easiest exams in the NBME series. As a result, students sometimes do not adequately prepare for the exam, and their inadequate preparation is reflected in their scores. Although

Top 5 Tips for the Family Nurse Practitioner Exam

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) administers the the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification exam. This certification shares common links to the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation that includes licensure, accreditation, certification and education. After successful completion of the certification exam,

Top Ten Tips for Taking the NBSTSA Surgical Technology Exam

Surgical Technologists take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) certification exam. The test contains 200 questions (with 175 used to compute passing scores) and 71.5 percent passed in 2014. Candidates must correctly answer 118 of the

5 Tips to help you prepare for your Internal Medicine Board Review (2015)

The Internal Medicine Board Exam is fairly difficult with a mean pass rate of 85% from 2011 to 2013. The mean is based on 434 schools that were sampled. Although the pass rate seems low, there are a few low

6 Best Blogs/Sites for the Surgery Board Exams-Board Vitals

Every year we spend time talking to Surgeons who took their boards – what worked well and what didn’t. Without fail, the average study time for the initial certification is well over 150 hours. Here are some of the best

Tips on Passing the PANCE and PANRE Exams-Board Vitals

PANCE / PANRE Free Sample Questions The Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) and Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam (PANRE) can be intimidating tests. The PANCE is composed of 300 multiple-choice questions completed over five hours, while the PANRE is

Overcoming Your Fear of the Surgery Board Written Exam

If you’re scheduled to take the written Surgery Board Exam in the near future, you may be feeling understandably nervous. After all, this exam will be used by the American Board of Surgery to assess your ability to solve problems

Simple Ways to Make the Most of Board Reviews-Board Vitals

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-Board Vitals

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 of the Emergency Medicine Boards 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

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’ Check out Board Vitals’ Radiology question bank for you board review.

How to Recognize a Psychiatrist’s Bag – Board Vitals

Ever wonder what’s in a Psychiatrist’s bag? (besides your favorite stress ball?) Check out Board Vitals’ Psychiatry and Psychiatry Vignette question banks for you board review prep.

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