Top 10 Hottest Study Topics for the ABOto Exam

Preparing for the ABOto Qualifying Exam is a daunting task. It is both overwhelming and impossible to master every testable topic. In many respects, the exam is very similar to the ABOto In-Training Exam in that it is unpredictable! After

Passing the ENT (Otolaryngology Written Boards)

Preparation for the written Otolaryngology Boards starts with the beginning of your Otolaryngology training. Reading should become a daily routine. Pasha and K.J. Lee texts will help you to structure the framework of knowledge, and reading more comprehensive references (Cummings

Passing the ENT Oral Board Exams

The American education system testing is largely based on multiple choice questions. The ENT Oral Board Examination may seem intimidating, as it differs from the conventional test-taking norms. The unfamiliarity of the examination format, large body of information covered (encompasses

Tips and Resources for the ABPN Board Exam

How to get through the ABPN Exams? Start studying during your internships, at least one year prior to the exam. Prepare for each part and each section of the questionnaire thoroughly. is a great resource for identifying potential problem

OBGYN Topics on the Board Exam

Each year we conduct a survey on what was unexpected on the Board Exam (which allows us to improve our OBGYN question bank) This list is based on feedback we heard from students on the exam: ‘There is no need

Tips and Tricks for the ABOto Qualifying Exam

Guest Post by Parker Velargo, MD The process of preparing for the ABOto Qualifying Exam can be quite overwhelming without adequate organization and insight. The most grounded realization one can make early on in the preparatory process is that you

An Insider’s Guide to the Pathology Boards

This post was contributed by a guest who recently passed their boards The best way to prepare for the Pathology Boards is to be really involved in your rotations throughout residency. Be ready for signout: write up all your cases,

10 High Yield Content Areas for the OBGYN Shelf Exam

Urinary Incontinence As with most of the items on this list, urinary incontinence in female patients has a workable differential of etiologies. Furthermore, it is a fairly common presentation that you can expect to see on the wards and in

Is Medical School a Million Dollar Mistake?

The below article was written by Daniel Lambert, CEO of Board Vitals, and featured on The Huffington Post. “I should have been a bus driver instead of a doctor” announced a friend of mine at a recent dinner. “I made

Study Tips 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

10 Tips and Tricks for the NCLEX PN exam

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) functions under the directions of physicians (doctors and surgeons) and registered nurses in a variety of healthcare settings. Individuals attend accredited LPN training programs with such courses as pharmacology, nursing, biology and supervised practicums in

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

10 High Yield Tips for the Internal Medicine Shelf Exam

By Guest Writer: Andrew T. Colucci, MD (Harvard) The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Subject Exams, or “shelf exams” as they are colloquially referred to, are a challenging but important milestone for all medical students in their clinical years.

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