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April ABA Oral Exam

Discussion in 'Anesthesiology' started by Mofeen, Mar 15, 2012.

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  1. Mofeen

    Mofeen ASA Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 29, 2009
    Anyone here taking the ABA oral exam in April?

    How long have you been studying? What are you studying? What is your plan for the next month?

    I'll start. I am currently in a ACGME Pain Fellowship. Being out of anesthesia for nine months preceding this exam makes me a bit nervous. I have been studying an hour to two hours per day averaged over the week since mid January. I used this time to go through the Michael Ho review book in depth. My plan for the next month is to get in as many mock orals as I can, as well as to keep reading, probably Board Stiff Three. My chair is an oral examiner, and I hope to get a few in with him as well.

    As we are getting down to the wire here, I am getting very nervous, which I guess is normal. I was definitely very confident before the written exam and passed with flying colors.
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  3. NewYorkGas

    NewYorkGas 2+ Year Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    A colleague of mine created some oral board flash cards. See Author is Gadsden. I don't know if they are any good, but he claims they helped him a lot. Mock orals are obviously they best way to go.
  4. Ventil8

    Ventil8 Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 2005
    I must be lazy or overconfident because I'm just starting to review topics. Probably won't get in more than 20 hours total studying in reality, but feel that the exam should pass anesthesiologists who know what's going on and can communicate... Foolish?
  5. Bertelman

    Bertelman Maverick! 7+ Year Member

    Feb 11, 2006
    Had a Cooch
    Tell us in May. I got serious only a few weeks ago.
  6. CambieMD

    CambieMD cambiemd 10+ Year Member

    Oct 4, 2003
    Statistics are on your side.Most people pass the orals on their first attempt. I can tell you this, failing the orals is a miserable experience. I thought that I wolud walk into the exam room have a nice little chat and go home with a certificate. You have to come off as being a little polished.

  7. Lee123

    Lee123 2+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 2011
    Residents at my old program found a pretty good iPhone app that mimicks the exam style, covering a wide range of topics. It is called Anesthesia 101 by Blue Sky Innovations. They have been pleased with using it to supplement their studies.
  8. Magnus67

    Magnus67 Lord of Sleepytime 10+ Year Member

    Jan 29, 2006
    Same here
  9. Brave Sir Robi

    Brave Sir Robi 7+ Year Member

    May 22, 2009
    Studied the four practice sets from ultimate board prep. Loved them. Not only had questions, but included thorough answers.
  10. Trisomy13

    Trisomy13 ultra 10+ Year Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    mountain home
    I've been using these too and find them to be helpful. Price is pretty steep for what had to be a minimal printing cost, but the content is good.

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