“This is the only Cardiology Question Bank that pulls together content from so many sources. It’s great to have such an in depth resource for both the boards and the re-certification exams.”Dr. Thomas Lambert
Dr. Donald Yakel is one of our editors for Cardiology. He is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology at SIU School of Medicine. He completed his medical school studies at Wake Forest and his Cardiovascular fellowship at UCSF.
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.
According to the ABIM Cardiovascular Disease Certification Exam Blueprint, the exam covers the following topics:
The BoardVitals Cardiology question bank follows the Mulitiple-Choice Component content outlined in the ABIM Cardiovascular Disease Certification Exam Blueprint.
The ABIM Cardiovascular Disease Certification Exam lasts one and one-half days and consists of two parts: The Multiple-Choice Component and the ECG and Imaging Studies Component.
The first day of the exam is comprised of multiple-choice questions (MCQ) in single best answer format and is administered in four two-hour sessions. The ABIM recommends familiarizing yourself with question formats using the ABIM Exam Tutorial.
ECG and Imaging Studies Component
The second day of the exam is administered in two sessions and is devoted to the interpretation of electrocardiograms and imaging studies cases. The questions in this component of the exam are special question formats that require diagnostic interpretation of electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, and coronary angiograms. The ABIM provides sample cases of electrocardiograms and imaging studies.
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.