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I'm taking medonc boards next month, can anyone suggest a good online/dvd board review course. The two I came accross are George Washington Univ and the one by Brigham & Women's Hosp. Please feel free to suggest if there are any other good ones. Thx.
 

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I'm taking medonc boards next month, can anyone suggest a good online/dvd board review course. The two I came accross are George Washington Univ and the one by Brigham & Women's Hosp. Please feel free to suggest if there are any other good ones. Thx.
I was going to start a similar thread but got distracted by studying.

The only online one I'm aware of is Pass Machine which also has a Q-Bank with it. But I'm not interested in dropping $1K on lectures I'll never watch. If I could just get their Q-Bank (for under a grand) and notes, I'd be pretty stoked.

Any other thoughts (besides ASCO-SEP, which everyone I've talked to said is enough to pass anyway)?
 

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You can buy the mdanderson board review materials for about 600 (AV for 600 or the syllabus for. 635). So me folks at the interviews really liked it.
 

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One of my colleagues recently turned me on to http://hemeoncquestions.com/. Turns out another one of my colleagues was a co-resident with the guy who set up the site.

Anyway, questions seem pretty good. Could certainly use some editing and there are some clearly wrong answers but the questions seem about the same difficulty as ASCO-SEP and are much more up to date. For $40 I figured it was worth a shot and so far, not too bad.

I don't have any connection to this site and paid my $40 the same as anyone else.
 

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I came across two sites: www.hemeoncqbqnk.com and www.hemoncboards.com
The first has fair amount of questions, some of them are great quality.
The other site has nice notes but was not able to open most topics.
ASH SEP and ASCO SEP questions and answers.
 

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If anyone (like me) has been stalking ASCo_Org waiting for SEP 4th Edition to be released, it happened sometime within the last hour.

http://university.asco.org/

One week before the exam for an entire new review source. Good times. I only bothered with the Q Bank since that's all I'll have time for between now and then.
 
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Thanks guys for all the input. Good luck on thursday!!!!!
 

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Just got through the ASCO-SEP 4 Q Bank and it blows syphilitic goats. ~10% of the answers are just wrong, another 10% are so poorly written and typo-ridden than they read like spam emails and of the remaining 80%, more than half are duplicates from SEP 3. If I had to guess, I'd say that 10-15% of the questions represent an improvement on SEP 3 (mostly in terms of new data like pertuzumab in HER2+ BC, combined MEK/BRAF inhibition in met melanoma and a few updated GI things. Totally not worth the money or the time.
 

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T -19 hours and counting (I'm on the West Coast). Had to take a break and go for a bike ride. Planning a couple more hours with some outlines on areas I still suck at, having a beer and getting to bed early.

Good luck tomorrow everyone.
 

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Agree 100% with gutonc on ASCO SEP4, lots of errors and duplicates. hemeoncqbank.com has lots of good questions but didn't have enough time to go through it all.

Regarding the real thing, i felt it wasn't as well written as it should have been. Even ASCO questions are much better. Some of the questions were too simple (e.g. one lines, either you knew it or you did not), few were outdated, and other were made tough using tiniest of the details rather than medical reasoning. Less focus on core oncology, more focus on supportive care and basic sciences and stuff that an internist should be tested on rather than an oncologist. Not sure how I did, hopefully I passed....can't stand to take it again. I would love to hear how others felt about it......
 

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something is wrong with the web site of http://hemeoncquestions.com/. It is always automatically redirected to other webs, with some are porn! Be careful to open this website in the hospital:)) Hopefully it can be fixed soon. I tried questions on this web for few days. It looks good.
 
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something is wrong with the web site of http://hemeoncquestions.com/. It is always automatically redirected to other webs, with some are porn! Be careful to open this website in the hospital:)) Hopefully it can be fixed soon. I tried questions on this web for few days. It looks good.
Yup...looks like they've been ha><><0r3d. Stay away for now. Which is a bummer because it was a good resource.

MDLinx has a 100 question QBank available for free as well. The questions are pretty good but they're not all that useful as Board review since they reference pretty new material that will be on the boards in 3 or 4 years but not this year or next.
 

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Fellow Hem/Onc Fellows. I'm in my third year gearing up for my inservice exams. Any pointers on prep for the Onc and Med boards? I heard GW review and Pass machine are the best? Also, there was a strategy for passing the Internal Medicine boards where certain subjects seemed to be weighted heavier than the others (like Gen Med, GI and Cards). Does a similiar strategy apply to the Onc and Hem boards??

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks!
 

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There's absolutely no need for the GW review. It's good, I'm sure. But I passed comfortably using only SEP questions and the Hem-Onc Q Bank I linked above (which I still have no financial interest in but does appear to be working again).

As for what to study...you can't go wrong with the 3 B's
Boobs
Balls
Blood

They love to test you on curable stuff. There were almost as many questions about testicular cancer on my exam a few years ago as there were actual people who got testicular cancer that year.
 
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hem-Onc Q bank is solid. it's not perfect and the interface is kind of clumsy but the content is the best available IMHO
testicular cancer is even quite over represented on the ITE. It reminds me of rheumatology on the IM exams.
 
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