I’m here to talk about a difficult topic with you today. What do you do if you fail your board exam? I know that this is likely a difficult time for you, but I do not want you to be so hard on yourself. Take some time to come to terms with this and then create an action plan for how you are going to do better next time. There is a silver lining when it comes to failing your board exam because we are more than passing or failing an exam.
Today, I focus on how to study more effectively based on the Landscape of Knowledge. I categorize new information we learn into three tiers of understanding: data, information, and knowledge. A exam candidate can fool themselves into believing they understand the material through familiarity with it even when they haven’t converted it into knowledge through active learning. Here are specific examples that illustrate these points.
Today I respond to two questions regarding the what information is available on the exam screen on ABPN® board exams. Lab Values on ABPN® board Exams I received a question from a psychiatry board exam candidate this week about whether normal lab values are available as a drop down list accessible from the exam screen. We received a response from ABPN® as follows: “We do not provide a drop down list of normal lab values, but when the committee feels… READ MORE
Good news! This last week, our course editorial manager, Michael Cho, contacted the ABPN to clarify their current board exam guidelines, specifically whether medication doses and schedules are tested. The ABPN’s response is that “medication doses and schedules” are not tested. This does not necessarily mean that exam vignettes never include medication doses or schedules, but that doses and schedules are not the focus of the question being asked. All of your Psychiatry Board Exam test prep needs can… READ MORE