Pass Your Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Boards

Whether you’re studying for your pulmonary medicine or critical care board exams, these study resources will be invaluable to your success. An important thing to remember is you don’t have to commit to one study tool for all your preparation, a mod podge of different tools will net a more comprehensive understanding of the material and confidence on your exam.


Often a required book for Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care classes, Principles of Pulmonary Medicine: Expert Consult 6e by Steven E. Weinberger MD FACP, Barbara A. Cockrill MD, Jess Mandel MD FACP, is a great book that covers many topics that are seen on the board exams. This textbook runs just under $55.

Clinical Respiratory Medicine, 4e

Are you looking for a practical approach to pulmonary medicine studies? For ~$165, you can purchase the Clinical Respiratory Medicine, 4e by Stephen G. Spiro BSc MD FRCP, Gerard A Silvestri MD MS, Alvar Agusti MD PhD FRCPE is a great way for students and residents to get a full understanding of pulmonary medicine.

Pulmonary Medicine Subspecialty Consult

The Washington Manual Pulmonary Medicine Subspecialty Consult, 1e  (Just $26!) is written by residents, fellows, and attending physicians. This works as an ideal guide for residents to walk through inpatient consults as well as a general overview of principles of Pulmonary Medicine.

Critical Care Study Guide

If you’re looking for a guide that includes 5-6 questions per chapter, the Critical Care Study Guide: Text and Review, 2e by Gerard J. Criner, Rodger E. Barnette, Gilbert E. D’Alonzo (~$95), is the right option for you. Known to be a basic overview, many students claimed that using this book was enough to pass and not stress too much.

The American College of CHEST Physicians provides CHEST SEEK™, which is a question bank designed to quiz students on recall, interpretation and problem-solving skills related to pulmonary medicine and critical care. The questions are developed from previous board exams and focus primarily on patient cases.

BoardVitals provides a question bank for Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care exams with over 700 questions targeted to the ABIM/ABEM exams. These questions are written and reviewed by practicing physicians who have recently taken the board exam.

We wish you luck on your exam! Take a deep breath, you know this.

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