“Just wanted to add my thanks to the pile. I passed the neurology boards (with special qualification in child neurology), and BoardVitals was a large part of my study plan. I thought the questions were appropriately difficult, and I very much appreciated the feedback from your staff when I questioned a small minority of the items (the ones that were unclear or wrong were promptly corrected). Well done! Thank you, and if I decide to take the pediatric boards next year, I will know where to come!”Susan Duberstein
Dr. Beth Leeman is a contributing author for the BoardVitals Neurology question bank and is an assistant professor at Emory and a Research Neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital
Based on the students that we interviewed, the best Neurology Board Review prep is to drill questions that are of board level difficulty. However, if you’re looking for more of a learning/review book, we frequently hear that ‘Comprehensive Board Review in Neurology’ by Mark K. Borsody is a good textbook.
Be prepared that on the Neurology exam some images are of particularly low quality. Also, be prepared for the new video format. Finding YouTube videos of different neurological conditions has been pretty helpful for fast recognition based on what we’ve heard. In general, students are not particularly pressed for time, but the format is new so keep moving rather than getting stuck on a particular question.
Specific to Neurology is the high concentration of ‘Clinical Neurology Questions.’ Over 40% of this section is Child Neurology, so make sure to spend a significant amount of time on that area. Many of the neurologists we spoke to found the child neurology topics particularly difficult and didn’t realize how much of the exam would be pediatric. Neuromuscular diseases, child neurology specific disorders, and clinical diagnostic and therapeutic procedures tend to be SLIGHTLY more favored.
Based on the interviews that we conducted, Neuropharmacology seems to be a heavy section, with a couple of relatively tricky questions on overdoses and metabolism.
Everyone has their own learning style – if you’re far behind, a course with the standard lectures and slides or a DVD program may be a good option for basic understanding. If you’re outside of that bottom 10-20%, however, it’s mostly just time spent drilling yourself on high-yield content.
We recently added some neurology video questions to help students get used to the new format. Also, we had individuals post-test vote up the best content.
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