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Key Child Neurology Board Review Features
Child Neurology Board Review Topics Covered:
- Basic Neuroscience
- Behavioral, Cognitive, Psych
- Epilepsy, Seizures
- Cranial Nerves
- Movement Disorders
- Demyelinating Disorders
- Neuroinfectious Disease
- Critical Care
- Neuro - Ophthalmology
- Neuro - Otology
- Neurotoxicology, Nutrition, Metabolic
- Child Neurology
- Neurologic Complications of Systemic Disease
- Imaging/Diagnostic Studies
- Clinical Neurology
- Spinal Cord Diseases
Information about the ABPN Child Neurology Certification Exam
The ABPN issues a certificate for Psychiatry, Neurology, and Neurology with a Special Qualification in Child Neurology. The BoardVitals question bank is specifically targeted to the Special Qualification exam. Click here for access to our general Neurology question bank.
BoardVitals has a statistically significant higher pass rate than the national average on the Neurology and Psychiatry exams. The content is updated continually, ensuring that we don’t include any older question formats or content.
The questions on the Certification Exam in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology exam conforms to a two-dimensional content specification. One dimension focuses on disorders and topics, while the other is devoted to competencies and mechanisms that cut across the various disorders of the first dimension.
What is covered on the ABPN Certification Exam in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology?
According to the 2022 ABPN Child Neurology CERT Content Blueprint, the exam covers the following topics:
Dimension 1: Neurologic Disorders and Topics
- Headache and pain disorders 7-9%
- Epilepsy and episodic disorders 8-12%
- Sleep disorders 3-5%
- Genetic and developmental disorders 8-12%
- Vascular neurology 2-4%
- Neuromuscular diseases 8-12%
- Movement disorders 4-6%
- Demyelinating diseases 5-7%
- Neuroinfectious diseases 7-9%
- Brain and spinal trauma 4-6%
- Neuro-ophthalmologic and neuro-otologic disorders 2-4%
- Metabolic diseases, nutritional deficiency states, and disorders due to toxins, drugs, and physical agents 5-7%
- Neuro-oncologic disorders 1-3%
- Behavioral neurology and neurocognitive disorders 7-9%
- Psychiatric disorders 4-6%
- Autonomic nervous system disorders 1-2%
- Normal structure, process, and development through the life cycle 4-6%
- Neuroimmunologic and paraneoplastic CNS disorders 1-3%
Dimension 2: Physician Competencies and Mechanisms
- Neuroscience and mechanism of disease 22-28%
- Clinical aspects of neurologic disease 17-23%
- Diagnostic procedures 17-23%
- Treatment 22-28%
- Interpersonal and communication skills 2-3%
- Professionalism 2-3%
- Practice-based learning and improvement 2-3%
- Systems-based practice 2-3%
Note that the examination DOES include adult neurology topics and concepts.
What is the format of the ABPN Certification Exam in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology?
The ABPN Certification Exam in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology is comprised of 400 multiple-choice questions (MCQ) in stand-alone and vignette format. 350 of these questions are scored, and 50 are considered "pretest" and do not factor into the final exam score.
Stand-alone questions are single best answer MCQ’s that are not associated with any other questions. These questions can be flagged for review or skipped. However, candidates cannot review questions in a section that has been completed.
Vignette questions are typically two to five MCQ's linked to a common case that may be presented in either a short video clip (30 seconds to 3 minutes), or in text. Vignette questions must be answered in order to advance to the next question. Therefore, candidates can not skip vignette questions or review vignette questions after they have been completely answered.
It is recommended that candidates familiarize themselves with the examination functions by reviewing Samples Screens provided by the ABPN.
The pass rate for the Certification Exam in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology exam was 89% for first-time takers in 2021.
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