“This question bank is exactly what I need to prepare to take my pediatric boards. The scope of the material is extremely high yield and really focuses on what I need to know to be most successful when taking the boards. The answer discussions for each question are well written and are mini-lectures in and unto themselves. I would recommend this question bank to anyone looking to improve their general pediatric knowledge. ”Dr. Ellsworth
After you meet the ABP's general admission requirements, you may request admission to take the General Pediatrics Certifying Exam. The 2016 First-Time Taker pass rate for this exam was 81%.
According to the ABP Content Outline, the following topics will be on the exam:
This is a one day exam that is 7 hours in length. The exam is divided into 4 sections and there are 330-350 multiple-choice questions in single-best-answer format.
Getting ready for the Pediatric boards may have you feeling slightly anxious. If so, calm down! The first step to finding your way is to focus. Don't be tempted to surround yourself with all your text and review books. Put away all the pages and pages of notes. Soaking yourself in that much information is the fastest way to overwhelm yourself to the point of non-action. There is a much more efficient way to study for the boards.
Knowing how to center your studies will be key. Unlike the traditional standard medical exams you're used to, the board exams test on overall knowledge of a topic. You are used to being tested on your ability to regurgitate facts, figures and numbers; however, this approach will not work on this type of exam. Luckily, the American Academy of Pediatrics has a particular set of topics they like to emphasize for their questions and those are the topics you need to focus on to succeed.
There is a specific method to take when studying and taking board exams, and that is to concentrate on getting to the right diagnosis. To do that, you must master two elements: pattern recognition and knowing associations. Taking a set of symptoms, physical signs, and/or laboratory values and translating them into a particular diagnosis is a skill you will want to perfect. Knowing associations has to do with recognizing medical "buzzwords." These terms will aid you in honing in on the right diagnosis.
Focus your studies on the topics on the General Pediatrics Exam Content Outline and remember to exercise your pattern recognition and association skills throughout.
Other topics of interest for you will include knowing all surveillance and screening methods, including all vaccines, as well as developmental milestones and normal lab values. Practicing your ability to come to a diagnosis based on a set of symptoms is incredibly important. It cannot be emphasized enough that you need to do as many questions and case studies as you possibly can to properly prepare for the boards. Aside from staying calm and motivated, remember to also be prepared and organized. With concentrated focus, you can take the bulk of the work out of studying. Good luck!