all I can say is Holy Cow Was NOT what I expected....oh well...hopefully I'll scrape by and not have to retake...wtf?!?!
Nothing like paying beaucoups of money to have a test make you feel like a *****.
I like how the test was geared for clinical medicine that I practice everyday.
For those of you who were calculating--what is passing? 75?
ditto what many others said, felt just like the steps where i walked out having no idea how i did. i keep reassuring myself that i felt the same after every step and got the same, well above average score each time. my residency buds all felt similarly... weird nitpicky questions.
Is it curved or is it the 75% percent correct answers?
That thing was pretty ridiculous, not like the inservice at all. All this esoteric knowledge and tox questions...
The only positive thing was that the questions were prety short - in inservice it took me a minute just to read through the question. I felt like I failed the damn thing.
I'm a fan of using a lot of different resources, because I don't think I could ever rely on just PEER and also because that way I learned which resources I wanted to focus on before the real thing. Throughout residency I went through Rivers twice (very dry, but gave me a base). I also did the PAACEP questions at some point. I watched the video lectures on intrainingprep.com right before my 3rd yr inservice (very high yield but didn't think I needed to go through it again). Before the boards I read through some of the new AAEM board review book, which I like a lot better than Rivers, and did all of the questions in that. I used PEER 6 and 7 and did them multiple times because there is a lot of good info in the explanations. I used the high yield sheet that was posted here (do a search for bizz buzz) and read through it a few times during residency and the week before the test.
No. You can use this for the oral exam (because it shows you're certified), but it doesn't list anything related to the tests itself.Is there any way to logon to the abem website and figure out if you have passed before results are mailed out? I know that for oral boards people would logon and there would be a certification expiration date posted which meant they passed. would a oral board date be posted or something similar on the site to let us know that we passed?