Top 10 Hottest Study Topics for the ABOto Exam

study oto 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 successfully taking four In-Training Exams and the Qualifying Exam, one thought was always constant following each exam: “Even if I had studied for an extra YEAR, I never would have read about that.” Though an anxiety provoking thought, it is this very thought that is most desirable following any of these exams. As long as you master the “hot” topics and spend extra time on topics in which you are weakest, the obscure material (the “that” if you will) becomes less important and less harmful to your score.

Top 10 hottest topics that ABOto tests on:

  1. Functional rhinoplasty (particularly nasal valve)
  2. Cosmetic rhinoplasty (particularly nasal tip)
  3. Flow-volume loops and how to correlate them to head & neck pathology
  4. Polysomnography interpretation and sleep medicine in general
  5. Allergy skin testing interpretation
  6. Occular manifestations and treatment of Graves disease
  7. Melanoma (cutaneous and mucosal)
  8. Management of acute and chronic facial nerve paralysis
  9. Congenital hearing loss syndromes and branchial cleft cyst tracts
  10. Knowing when to reassure patients!

If you want additional practice on these topics, sign up for the Board Vitals ABOto Question Bank.

The writing staff at BoardVitals is passionate about medicine, healthcare, and education. We’ve trained over 1.5 million physicians and work with more than 300 top teaching institutions. Learn more about our board review and continuing education products at

Try BoardVitals free for 10 days.

Free Trial. No credit card required.