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Retaking oral boards

Discussion in 'Emergency Medicine' started by Calahin, May 14, 2014.

  1. Calahin

    Calahin 7+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Scores went out recently and I found out that I need to retake the orals. It's a pretty terrible feeling.

    I called up ABEM and they said it can up to a "few years" to reseat for a new exam. I would appreciate if any members who have been through this could reply with their experiences or PM me. Everything has been good so far up until now and I did fine on the written but at this point, I need some guidance.
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  3. Birdstrike

    Birdstrike 7+ Year Member

    Dec 19, 2010
    In my opinion this test should be eliminated. Although I passed, I could easily see a competent emergency physician failing it because it's so subjective and does such a poor job of recreating actual practice. That's my opinion, FWIW.
  4. Hercules

    Hercules Son of Zeus 10+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Mobile, AL
    The physicians I know who had to retake it were able to do so on the next cycle (not several years).

    If you didn't do a review course it may be helpful to do one with lots of practice scenarios since most of the test isn't medical knowledge it's just gamesmanship and getting points.
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  5. RustedFox

    RustedFox We're all stars now. In the GOAT RODEO. 10+ Year Member

    Aug 21, 2007
    Land of Eternal Summer
    This. I passed, but not by a great margin. Didn't care, and had zero interest in actually 'playing the game'.
    ... and why the hell is everyone dressed in suit and tie when they take it? Dumb.

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  6. Calahin

    Calahin 7+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Thanks to all for the kind words. It's humbling to say the least. I actually did do a review course and went through one of the review books but didn't practice that much with my colleagues. Anyways, this time around I'm not taking any chances. It'll be a process but I'm determined to get through it. I didn't pass by a relatively small margin (I think anyways). Hopefully this time around I'll have a bit more luck.

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