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For the Emergency Medicine Oral Boards, we recommend a free resource that students have found helpful to get used to the format.
Also, we’ve heard very good things about DocStar Educational. They focus on individualized training for the oral boards and are a good resource for anyone worried about that part of the exam.
The residents that we interviewed indicated that they spent, on average, 10 weeks preparing for the Emergency Medicine boards (written exam), and 5 weeks preparing for the oral exam. Pass rates were generally in the mid-90% and length of time had no correlation with a higher pass rate.
From the interviews, we also learned that there are few key areas to focus on: Cardiovascular Disorders, Toxicology, and Traumatic disorders tended to show up more frequently. While there were few Ophthalmologic disorders, those questions tended to be a little more difficult. (However, the test does change, so pay careful attention to the percent distribution that the Board Writers publish)
Also, there will be questions that are not regularly found in day to day Emergency care. Pediatric rashes, recognition of specific stroke presentations, etc. We have specifically selected 35 questions that were voted ‘most relevant’ to the Emergency Medicine Boards for high yield returns.
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The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education designates this Internet Enduring Material for a maximum of 35 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Further Emergency Medicine CME info found here.