Originally Posted by Pain Specialist
I have posted before asking info for pain board review courses. No one replied.
BTW, i am just reading review book by Raj. I dont think i could find time to go for review courses. Please let me know if you have other ideas to prepare for the test. I would also appreciate if some one else add some help for us.
feel free to PM me.
I would be biased in providing a recommendation, since I am one of the course directors for the ASIPP review course....but I think it is excellent.
The pass rate for the review course attendees is very high.
The lectures at ASIPP have a large specialty representation among the speakers and all the speakers have been asked to create test questions for their subjects. In other words, a psychologist will ask questions related to pain psych and inject their specialty bias into the questions. I have found that the ABA/ABPMR exam questions tend to reflect the bias of the exam question writer, unlike the ABPM exam (which I personally believe is more clinically relevant).
So you have to decide, if you would like the stress of taking practice exams during a labor intensive review course week, a month before the exam- Sagar and Bert Fellows prepare the statistical results for each daily exam, so you can see how you did compared to others.
I have also heard wonderful things about Nalini's course at U of Wisconsin and Ken Candido's Dannemiller courses.
I don't know anything about the Jensen or the AAPMR courses.
As for review books, you should read at least two different ones to complement each other. I never went to a review course, but I studied Raj's review text (the orange one) and Raja's text cover to cover several times....and the ABA/ABPMR pain exam was the easiest exam I have ever taken (next to the ABPM).
There are several good review texts....Raj, Benzon, Staats + Wallace, around.
I have found Dr. Smith's book on Pain Drugs to be excellent...but I would only use it as a reference, this late in the game.