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.