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Does Your ITE Score Matter?
Dr. Mike Ren by Dr. Mike Ren on Nov 16, 2021 in ITE, Boards

You're busy with residency and just received this year's ITE score. And whether your score was good or bad, you're likely wondering: does my ITE score really matter?

Family Medicine Board Review & High-Yield Study Resources

Dr. Leila Javidi and Dr. Mike Ren contributed to this post.

As family medicine residents, we are used to adapting to a wide range of situations during rotations. Med School 2.0, as I like to call it. Our specialty is, well, all specialties, which is rewarding but extremely challenging in practice, and most annoyingly, during standardized testing.

Sure, we have an advantage during Step 3 because we never got away from “general medicine” and still do pediatrics, obstetrics, and even surgical specialties. But when it comes to board exams, the test is its own beast.

If you are studying for the ABFM family medicine board exam, you realize that there are a lot of different ways you might approach medicine. That is the unfortunate truth of medicine today: we aren't always able to practice perfect evidence-based medicine, and we have to deal with real world expectations of patients. 

But it’s important, for the board exam, that you stay up-to-date with guidelines and recommendations and get into the “vibe” of the family medicine board exam.

The ABFM Board Exam: Everything You Need to Know

In this post, we overview essential information for the Family Medicine Board Exam, including: how the ABFM is scored, when it is offered, what the exam covers, and more.

What is the ABFM exam? 

The ABFM certification is an exam offered by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) to residents who have completed their family medicine residency training. In order to be board-certified by the ABFM, residents must take and pass this exam. 

An ABFM Board Exam Roadmap
Dr. Mike Ren by Dr. Mike Ren on Aug 30, 2021 in Family Medicine, Boards, ABFM

As you begin your family medicine residency, you may be wondering what the path from intern year to board exam looks like. We overview the family medicine residency pathway in this post. 

Family Medicine Intern Year

The first half of your family medicine intern year will seem eerily similar to med school—like drinking from a fire hose. Absorb as much as you can, and learn from your upper levels to build a foundation to lean on for the remainder of residency.

Boards are far away at this point, and you’ll want to focus on thriving as a resident. Most family medicine residencies have an ITE (in-training exam) in October, but don’t sweat this one because its purpose is to gauge your knowledge thus far. 

High-Yield Topics for the General Surgery Qualifying Exam

The General Surgery Qualifying Exam is usually taken by general surgery residents after completing residency. The examination consists of approximately 300 multiple-choice questions, which are designed to evaluate the applicant’s knowledge of general surgical principles and applied science.

The exam content includes questions from two main topics: patient care and surgical/medical knowledge. These two topics are then divided into sub-topics to cover different organ systems, such as:
  • abdomen
  • alimentary tract
  • breast
  • endocrine
  • skin and soft tissue
  • thoracic
  • vascular
  • head and neck

In addition to these organ systems, the exam also focuses on questions regarding perioperative care, trauma, critical care, endoscopy and other miscellaneous topics.

Even though the exam should have a question or two on most (if not all) of these topics, there are definitely topics that will benefit from a review prior to the exam so as not to miss them in the qualifying examination. 

How to Study for the General Surgery Qualifying Exam
Sheel Patel by Sheel Patel on Jul 12, 2021 in Surgery, Boards, General Surgery

Passing the General Surgery Qualifying Exam (QE) is the first of two steps to becoming a board certified general surgeon. After completing five years of intense general surgery residency, this exam can be considered a way to regurgitate everything you have learned thus far.

However, it is very important to remember that your preparation for the board examination actually begins from day one of residency. It is also important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to study for boards and that the suggested method in this post is one of many ways to prepare. 

General Surgery Board Review: 4 Best Resources for the Qualifying Exam
Sheel Patel by Sheel Patel on Apr 27, 2021 in Boards, General Surgery

The general surgery boards are comprised of two parts: a qualifying exam (written general surgery board exam) and a certifying exam (oral general surgery board exam). When it comes to preparing for board exams, regardless of specialty, there are many resources available. We must identify and select a few of the top resources to ensure consistency and to prevent becoming overwhelmed.

In this post, we outline some of the top resources for general surgery boards written exam prep. 

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