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  • Challenging Surgery Board Review Questions with images in a similar format/quality to the board exams
  • Detailed explanations with every question
  • Surgery Practice Questions are produced and reviewed by teams of physicians, ensuring that the content and explanation represent a consensus
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Surgery Question Bank Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Transfusion, Hemostasis and Coagulation
  • Oncology
  • Venous Thromboembolism
  • Delirium, Alcohol Withdrawal, and Psychiatric Disorders
  • Blunt and Penetrating Neck Trauma
  • Neurotrauma
  • Diagnostic Imaging, Ultrasound, and Interventional Radiology
  • Peripheral Vascular Trauma
  • Ethics, End-of-Life, and Organ Retrieval
  • Respiratory and Cardiovascular Physiology
  • Acute Respiratory Failure and Mechanical Ventilation
  • Obesity and Bariatric Surgery
  • Obstetric Critical Care
  • Transplantation, Immunology, and Cell Biology
  • Analgesia and Sedation
  • Surgery in Pregnancy
  • Statistics
  • Metabolic Illness and Endocrinopathies
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Oxygen Delivery, and Shock
  • Cardiothoracic and Thoracic Vascular Injury
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Pharmacology and Antibiotics
  • Care of The Pregnant Trauma Patient
  • Urologic and Gynecologic Surgery
  • Burns, Inhalation Injury, Electrical and Lightning Injuries
  • Airway Management, Anesthesia, and Perioperative Management
  • Envenomations, Poisonings and Toxicology
  • Soft-Tissue and Necrotizing Infection
  • Hemodynamic and Respiratory Monitoring
  • Telemedicine and Surgical Technology
  • Orthopedic and Hand Trauma
  • Common Procedures in The ICU
  • Hypothermia and Hyperthermia
  • Sepsis and The Inflammatory Response to Injury
  • Nutrition
  • Extremes of Age: Pediatric Surgery and Geriatrics
  • Vascular
  • Urologic Trauma
  • Abdominal and Abdominal Vascular Injury
  • Arrhythmias, Acute Coronary Syndromes, and Hypertensive Emergencies
  • Breast
  • Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
  • Infectious Disease
  • Dermatologic
  • Trauma
  • Care of the Pregnant Trauma Patient
  • Alimentary Tract
  • Abdomen
  • Surgical Critical Care

Tips and Tricks for the Surgery Boards:

What is the best way to prepare for the general surgery board exam? You are going to be tested on organ system-based categories. You will need to find textbooks whose styles you find easy to read. This increases the likelihood that you will not only read it once, but repetitively. When you complete a section of a book, think about what you just read, ask yourself practical questions and see if you know the answers. You will need to have an understanding of surgical principles. Your exam will be comprised of single-best-answer multiple choice questions. Even if more than one answer is correct, you only want to choose the best choice, so carefully read each question and all of the response options before you select your answer. Try to answer questions without reading the responses as if it is a fill-in-the-blank format. If your answer is among the choices, you have probably read the question properly. If it is not present, reread the question and look for details you may have missed. If you are still not sure, eliminate the incorrect choices and increase your odds of guessing the correct answer. Be aware of your time management. If you are not sue of an answer to a particular question, mark it and review it after you have completed the remainder of the questions. Also, make sure you get plenty of rest before you take your exam so you may perform your best. Hopefully these tips help you toward your goal of becoming a certified surgeon.

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