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Discussion in 'Anesthesiology' started by darkmansaad, Jul 16, 2014.

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  1. darkmansaad

    darkmansaad 7+ Year Member

    Dec 1, 2006
    Long time member here, haven't posted in a while but here goes.

    So ABA released questions a couple of weeks before the written boards. I just finished them; got a 70% on the Basic and a 76% on the Advanced Question sets. I thought a few questions were arcane and tested some difficult knowledge I thought would not be tested such as Mapleson circuit types as well as a few complex gas equation calculations. I dont know if these are good or bad scores to get 13 days before the boards.

    Anybody else do them? Thoughts? Similar scores on them as mine? I just want some input whether these scores are good or bad or things I should be fine tuning 2 weeks before boards. Really don't feel like bombing them after all this training.
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  3. BobBarker

    BobBarker Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    I got 78% on the advanced.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2014
  4. Numbex


    Jun 3, 2014
    Ha! What made you think Mapleson circuit types wouldn't be on the exam? It's a favorite point of useless, irrelevant, historical trivia on the anesthesia boards. Hope you know the MAC of enflurane, too.
  5. bonesmd

    bonesmd Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2006

    Where are the questions located? I don't see them on the homepage or the portal
  6. CaliDreamin4Life

    CaliDreamin4Life ASA Member 2+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    What's the link to the questions?
  7. Triple AAA

    Triple AAA 2+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2014
    Dude, I got asked about Mapleson circuits on my ORAL boards. Anything in Miller/Barash is fair game for ANY exam you have for the rest of your life.

    With that said, your scores are fine.
  8. pgg

    pgg Laugh at me, will they? SDN Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Dec 14, 2005
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    Seems like a good sign, if they were wasting time on trivia, where no answer could possibly be a kill error. :)

    I took my written in 2009. No halothane, no copper kettles, but plenty of trivia.
  9. Mr FancyPants

    Mr FancyPants 7+ Year Member

    Mar 19, 2010
    So after navigating the ABA site for about 15 minutes, I've gotta be the third person to ask....

    Can someone provide a link?
  10. IlDestriero

    IlDestriero Ether Man 7+ Year Member

    I actually said this at work today when the hyper anxiety, full on crazy, OCD, PTSD, emergence delirium, definitely on the spectrum kid woke up calm with a smile after the procedure.
    With a HR of 52. ;)
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  11. okayplayer

    okayplayer Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 15, 2005
    Looks like I am right in line with you guys (makes me feel better). 81% adv. About to do the basic.

    Edit: yikes, basic was hard or I'm getting tired. 65%. F*ck.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2014
  12. BobBarker

    BobBarker Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    70% on basic.
  13. BobBarker

    BobBarker Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    Question 39 on the basic does not have a correct answer according to me or my PD who I showed the question to. And he loves iso/nitrous.
  14. Iluvpassingas

    Iluvpassingas Chief Resident 5+ Year Member

    Oct 19, 2009
    Scored a 78% on advance and 62% on basic. Will see how it goes....good luck everyone!
  15. darkmansaad

    darkmansaad 7+ Year Member

    Dec 1, 2006
    Thanks for all the tips and input. Yeah a few questions seemed ridiculous. M5 question bank writers questioned how much Mapleson and some other low yield concepts would be on test but they revised their predictions after the ABA questions. I have found M5 to be very helpful for any CA2s or new CA3's starting board prep.

    Good luck to all....can't believe I was on this forum as an MS2 and sending questions about how to match and now i'm in fellowship posting about boards. Soon I can join the attending forum and really come full circle. I still look out for JPP posts and miss UTSW terribly.
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  16. Mr FancyPants

    Mr FancyPants 7+ Year Member

    Mar 19, 2010
    I guess I'm in the minority here - 76% on the basic but only 69% on advanced :confused: probably reflects the piss-poor teaching we got at my program on advanced rotations.

    Thought a lot of the answers were odd....#29 on advanced and #22 on basic still have me scratching my head.

    Good luck to everyone!

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