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oral board prep advice

Discussion in 'Anesthesiology' started by heathermed, Jan 24, 2016.

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  1. heathermed

    heathermed 7+ Year Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Hello Everyone

    for those that have taken the oral boards recently, any advice on where to start?
    I have mine scheduled in 3 months.

    The few threads that offer advice are slightly outdated.

    thank you!!!!!
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  3. pgg

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

    Dec 14, 2005
    Home Again
    Old advice is good advice. The exam hasn't changed.

    Practice out loud. It's a speaking test, so speak your answers. Practice with colleagues, with your spouse, or by yourself. Consider taking a course if it's hard for you to find other people to practice with.

    Honestly assess your knowledge base and work to correct weak areas. If you crushed the ITEs and the written, you've probably got the required knowledge to pass the oral exam. They say the oral is a test of judgment, and it is, but it's hard to have good judgment when you don't know what you need to know.
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  4. BobBarker

    BobBarker Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    Practice, practice, practice.
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  5. FFP

    FFP Grunt, cog, body, pompous ass Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    the opposite pole
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  6. yancantcook

    yancantcook Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    Practice practice practice. Don't be like Allen iverson when he played for 76ers and his views towards "practice" lol

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  7. fakin' the funk

    fakin' the funk ASA Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2004
    Just do as many as you can in practice.

    Practice with your friends/co-residents on Skype/Facetime whatever
  8. KenyGas


    Oct 28, 2015
    Took the Orals in October last yr, and thank God I passed. Took UBP prep course in San Diego as I felt that I needed a structure to go about it. Then it was practice, practice, practice with the wifey 2 hrs, 4 x a week after the kids went to bed. Even practiced speaking by the mirror to get the hibby jibbies off my system - sounds crazy, but I think it worked for me. As a poster above said, practice speaking out loud and expressing your knowledge in an efficient, coherent manner. I did it and can be done!
  9. BCM

    BCM ASA Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Practice with classmates in person or via google chat. Go over common scenarios and cases from Ho course. If you have access to any former board examiners, ask them to give you a practice exam 4-6 weeks out to fine tune things.
  10. jk1979


    Nov 15, 2015
    practice out loud and if you are asking for course recommendations, so
  11. easternether


    Jun 2, 2016
    yes, i would have to agree...practice practice practice.
  12. cchoukal

    cchoukal Senior Member SDN Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Jul 10, 2001
    SF, CA
    As you can see, people think practice is important! I would emphasize the "out loud" component of practice. You'll identify sloppiness out loud that you'd never identify if you're just reciting it in your head.

    The other thing that I found helpful was to decide on cut-offs for various things, including justification where able. For example, patient comes in for ambulatory surgery with a finger stick of 301, what's your move? Patient has a sodium of 126, do you proceed? why/not? You will definitely be asked to discuss a DDx for various vital sign changes intra-op; think through an memorize your approach to HTN hypotension, tachy, brady, desaturation, etc. These should be basically rote by the time you are tested.
  13. confusingleaf

    confusingleaf ASA Member

    May 4, 2016
    practice is most important. i did michael ho online review materials and took many mocks with his examiners, attendings, fellow residents. passed and felt good about the exam.
  14. easternether


    Jun 2, 2016
    everyone has a different approach. For me was, but above and beyond if you dont do your "practice" i don't think this exam will go your way. Remember, no course instructor will be in the room with get to walk that last mile yourself. But yes, courses can help

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