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High yield topics for Child Psychiatry initial Board?

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Hi,
I have to take this test in September. ABPN blueprint online is pretty unhelpful. At least for the General exam, they put a specific breakdown by percentage, for child there's like nothing specific. Any tips you can offer me?

It's time to start my family and to move for my job, so I don't have a surplus of time to study.

Thanks!
 

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Hi. I took the exam in 2013. I used Beat the Boards. I also used the the Lewis Child Psychiatry Review which is a question book. I'm not sure the Lewis book is updated. Both were helpful. I remember being surprised by the amount of social science questions. But that could have just been my interpretation/bias since one tends to remember the things that were difficult.

Are you sure there's no information on the breakdown of the test? I'd email ABPN and ask.
 

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I used board vitals which was plenty of review. I tried to go HAM on peds neuro only to realize how little I knew and it was a huge waste of my time. I will say the boards felt very fair and appropriate with neuro questions that were of actual use to pediatric psychiatrists and not weird neurology facts. If you are an even close to average PRITE/adult board scorer (or better), I would not worry too much about finding the ideal study setup; pretty much any question bank should be sufficient.
 
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Hi. I took the exam in 2013. I used Beat the Boards. I also used the the Lewis Child Psychiatry Review which is a question book. I'm not sure the Lewis book is updated. Both were helpful. I remember being surprised by the amount of social science questions. But that could have just been my interpretation/bias since one tends to remember the things that were difficult.

Are you sure there's no information on the breakdown of the test? I'd email ABPN and ask.

Yup, my co-fellow checked with ABPN, they do not have a specific percentage breakdown like their was for adult boards (i.e. percentage of Schizophrenia, neurocognitive disorders, etc). not the same way that there was for the adult board.
 

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I used board vitals which was plenty of review. I tried to go HAM on peds neuro only to realize how little I knew and it was a huge waste of my time. I will say the boards felt very fair and appropriate with neuro questions that were of actual use to pediatric psychiatrists and not weird neurology facts. If you are an even close to average PRITE/adult board scorer (or better), I would not worry too much about finding the ideal study setup; pretty much any question bank should be sufficient.

Yeah, Neurology has been pretty low yield for exams (my adult boards had very little). So i'm thinking it might be the case for the Child exam.

I'm below average on adult PRITE and adult boards, but surprisingly close to average on the Child PRITE. For what its worth, I thought some of the social science stuff on the Child PRITE was garbage.

I have done some of the Board Vitals and so far been getting 60-70% correct (I haven't really been trying as I have a lot of moving stuff going on too).
 

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Yeah, Neurology has been pretty low yield for exams (my adult boards had very little). So i'm thinking it might be the case for the Child exam.

I'm below average on adult PRITE and adult boards, but surprisingly close to average on the Child PRITE. For what its worth, I thought some of the social science stuff on the Child PRITE was garbage.

I have done some of the Board Vitals and so far been getting 60-70% correct (I haven't really been trying as I have a lot of moving stuff going on too).

I'd be surprised if you struggled if you complete the Board Vitals question bank. Pass rate is very high and I imagine even higher if your not in the bottom quartile on standardized tests.
 

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I'd be surprised if you struggled if you complete the Board Vitals question bank. Pass rate is very high and I imagine even higher if your not in the bottom quartile on standardized tests.

Pass rate is actually lower for Child than the adult boards, and I suck at standardized tests, but thanks for the confidence boost.
 
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Does anyone have tips for how to memorize the developmental milestones? I've been trying for 10 years but I always screw it up. I thought having kids would help but it hasn't lol.
 
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Hi, bumping this thread. my job has been delayed due to COVID so I have spare time to study, any tips at all for high yield topics? Some of the developmental theory stuff is super dry, I wonder how much we actually have to know to pass? As if knowing Mahler's theories is going to help with any type of clinical scenario in real life, lol.
 

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Hi, bumping this thread. my job has been delayed due to COVID so I have spare time to study, any tips at all for high yield topics? Some of the developmental theory stuff is super dry, I wonder how much we actually have to know to pass? As if knowing Mahler's theories is going to help with any type of clinical scenario in real life, lol.

They make for easy questions to test, so you usually see a few of them. I agree they don't carry a ton of weight in clinical utility but it's still worth knowing the history of developmental theory given we are largely developmental sub-specialists. I'd argue that knowing Frudian stages of development is also not very applicable to clinical practice but I do understand why it's worth being aware of them.
 
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I used the 10 year reviews and practice parameters from orange journal. My program printed and gave most in a booklet. Test was really hard compared to general psyc. Recert was EASY.
 

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Can you send me this 10 year review by any chance?
It would be very out of date now. If you have any access to the Journal of American Academy of Child and Adol Psyc. you should be able to make copies. Look into most med schools or residency programs. They should have the journal in the library or in an attending's office. I don't subscribe to it any longer or I'd ship you copies.
 
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