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ABPN Psychiatry Certification Examination Scoring
There is no predefined passing rate for Psychiatry examinees. Each examinee should have some degree of familiarity with the subject matter of each question. Even though the examinee may be in doubt about the correct answer to a particular question, they should answer every question. This will increase the likelihood that the examinee’s examination score will reflect the breadth of their knowledge of the field. There is no penalty for guessing.
ABPN Board Examination Format
The computer-delivered Psychiatry Certification Examination primarily consists of 170 test questions to be completed within 170 minutes (2 hours and 50 minutes).
The Psychiatry Certification Examination consists of single-best-answer multiple-choice questions.
Example of a single-best-answer multiple-choice question format:
A 66-year-old man explains during review of systems that he occasionally sees a visual trail behind moving objects in his field of vision. With additional questioning, he also describes transient visual distortions, occasional brief hallucinations of geometric figures or sounds or voices, and episodes of sudden, intense emotion. He denies any past history of seizure disorder, migraine headache, posttraumatic stress disorder, or other persisting visual problems. He denies any current substance use but reports that he used many substances when in college. Which one of the following options is the most likely diagnosis for this patient?
◯ A. Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs)
◯ B. Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder
◯ C. A demyelinating disorder such as multiple sclerosis
◯ D. Auras of either a migraine syndrome or seizure disorder occurring in the absence of a headache or seizure
◯ E. Transient global amnesia
The correct answer is:
B. Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder
This presentation is typical for hallucinogen persisting perception disorder. This causes symptoms consistent with hallucinogen intoxication but happens episodically long after discontinuation of substances. Seeing trails is commonly reported by people who have used hallucinogens. A history of hallucinogen use should be present, this patient reports a history of substance use in college. Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) often have a specific pattern of occurrence, reflecting the anatomic position of the affected vessel and its watershed, and will often be of recent onset and escalating frequency preceding a stroke event. TIAs from an embolic source can vary in their symptoms, depending on where the embolus lodges in the cerebral vasculature. The varied nature of the symptoms and their chronicity makes aura without migraine or seizure unlikely as well, as these tend to have a recurring stereotypical pattern. They can cause visual disturbances, but likely less complex than what is described here. Attacks of multiple sclerosis or other demyelinating syndromes usually have less abrupt onset and more persistent duration. Typically, pain or loss of function is seen in these demyelinating syndromes. Transient global amnesia is incorrect as there is no mention of the patient being unable to remember anything, and this would not cause hallucinations.
American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5. 5th ed. Arlington VA: American Psychiatric Association; 2013.
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