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What should you expect from the Cardiology board exam? In order to become a certified cardiovascular disease specialist, you must meet the expected criteria in the areas of your knowledge, diagnostic reasoning and clinical judgment skills in the broad domain of the discipline. You will be assessed on your ability to make appropriate diagnostic and management decisions that directly affect your patients. A pre-established blueprint is annually reviewed and updated by the Subspecialty Board on Cardiovascular Disease. The following primary categories and their assigned percentages are included on the exam: Arrhythmias (13 percent), Coronary Artery Disease (12.5 percent), Acute Coronary (12 percent), Valvular Disorders (12 percent), Congenital Disorders (5 percent), Pericardial Disease (4 percent), Aorta / Peripheral Vascular (9 percent), Hypertension / Pulmonary (7 percent), Pharmacology (5 percent), Congestive Heart Failure (13 percent), Physiology / Biochemistry (6 percent) and Miscellaneous (1.5 percent). The exam is composed of multiple-choice questions in which you will select the single-best-answer. You may be required to interpret pictorial images or recorded heart sounds. There are also ECG and Imaging studies. Questions will pose tasks such as making a diagnosis, creating a treatment plan, ordering diagnostic tests, recognizing clinical features of diseases and determining the best means of prevention, screening and follow-up.
When taking the ECG and Imaging Studies component of the Certification Examination, you will be provided with an answer option list for each case. At the top of each answer option list will be a patient description as well as a button to access any relevant images that will help you identify any abnormalities. You want to make sure you do this first before attempting to find and select the appropriate answer(s). Only identify definite findings that are clearly apparent and significant to patient management. You have to be careful as a correct selection may be invalidated if you choose inapplicable options that lead to incorrect or dangerous management of your patient, if you select an option that could not coexist with the correct finding or if you select more options than considered appropriate.
The initial Cardiovascular Disease Certification takes approximately 14 hours broken up into two days. (yes, it's very long) The first day will be divided into four sessions of 60 multiple choice questions. You are given up to 2 hours per session to complete these questions. You will spend about 10 hours the first day. Your second day will be for the ECG and Imaging Studies portion of the exam. Approximately 4-5 hours will be spent on this section. You want to arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment as you may not be admitted to your exam if you are late. You will need to show two forms of identification when you arrive. You will not be allowed to bring any personal items including watches, purses, wallets, cell phones, etc. into the testing room. At the beginning of the exam, you will review instructions about taking the exam as well as exam security. You will also take the Pledge of Honesty. Remain in your seat unless a test administrator authorizes you to get up. If you need any assistance, raise your hand and notify the administrator.
Good luck! It's a tough exam, but keep in mind that most people pass with the right preparation.
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