In 2021 the ABPN® made a substantive change to the Psychiatry Certification Exam. There are two types of questions on the exam, ‘stand-alone’ questions and ‘linked-item set’ questions, which were previously named ‘vignette’ questions. For the 2021 psychiatry certification exam, the number of ‘linked-item set’ questions is reduced from 50% of the exam, as it was in previous years, now to 38% of the exam.
The two question types are presented separately in their own sections. There are a total… READ MORE
I’m happy to tell you we are holding our annual Live Beat The Boards! Psychiatry Board Review Course on July 22-26, 2020 in Rosemont, IL. The course hotel is about one mile from O’Hare Airport, with free shuttles to and from the airport. This course is designed as preparation for the 2020 Psychiatry Certification and MOC exams.
Attending a live course has the downsides of 1) costing more for the course and associated travel expenses and 2) taking you away… READ MORE
One way I’ve found categorizing board exam questions helpful is to view them in a hierarchy of three levels, each one building on the previous one and requiring greater use of one’s clinical judgment. My three levels are: Know It → Recognize It → Decide It. Now let me explain and I promise this will be practically helpful and, I believe, comforting even.
This lowest level of question relies almost exclusively on recalling some specific piece of information… READ MORE
If you’re studying for an ABPN board exam that you previously took and did not pass, the question you confront is how you should prepare this time around. Here’s the first important thing to do:
Review your last board exam’s “Performance Profile,” that is, the list of exam scoring categories. Review your scores on the big categories (listed below). Any category which you failed or which you passed but not by much, should become your study priority.
The thinking goes… READ MORE
Extended vignette questions now comprise half of the Psychiatry Certification Exam and one quarter of the Psychiatry MOC Exam. This vignette type of multiple-choice question is easy in that the topics are not designed to trick you or to cover obscure points. And at the same time they are very hard because they require you to make render a judgment among options that are shades of gray. Listen to Dr. Jack present a detailed and uplifting presentation on how to… READ MORE
I’ve received several emails from doctors who’ve recently taken their psychiatry board exam. Here are some quotes that I present to you anonymously and then provide my responses.
“I recently took the Psychiatry Board exam and I honestly don’t know what to think. I was struggling with time. The vignettes were super long….one of the video was about five minutes long. I did take about four breaks but honestly didn’t have time to eat lunch. I finished about five minutes… READ MORE
It’s not a secret that board exams test your knowledge of the details of the myriad treatment interventions used in treating patients. In addition to knowing the circumstances of when to choose a particular intervention over another (discussed in other posts), you are expected to know the details of each specific treatment intervention. Thus, the question that arises for the exam taker is “just how much detail about treatment interventions do I need to know?”
Each field of medicine has… READ MORE