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Review/Study for Anesthesiology Critical Care Exam

Discussion in 'Anesthesiology' started by MommyMD, May 25, 2013.

  1. MommyMD

    MommyMD Anesthesia Resident 7+ Year Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Finally at the final step of this process...

    Any advice on what I should use for studying for the Anesthesiology Critical Care Board Exam. I know there are no review courses or books geared specifically to the ABA exam.

    Is it better to use the medicine or surgery critical care review material? Any specific courses that anyone took?

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  3. Idiopathic

    Idiopathic Newly Minted Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    I read critical care secrets thoroughly, and looked up topics that i wasnt strong in (toxins, ttp, etc) especially the ones that seem to show up a lot. it may not be the purest form of studying but it was perfect for review. the book is easy to read and the key for me was that if i couldnt recall the information quickly, i would review it in a large text, but if i could then i would move on. i spent the week before the exam doing this.

    if you had to pick one, i think the test is more geared to medical critical care
  4. SexPanther

    SexPanther This could be a problem 10+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2006
    SCCM board review book (on their website) and Evidence Based Practice of Critical Care Medicine were both pretty good IMO.

    Didn't cram with them but read them both in the month or so leading up to the exam. Solidified the knowledge.
  5. SuperHiro

    SuperHiro Attending 10+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    This may be a bit early but I need to spend my educational fund and I am looking for things to buy for my Critical Care boards. Does anyone else want to offer their insight or experience? All suggestions appreciated!
  6. FFP

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

    Oct 17, 2007
    the opposite pole
    As a fellow, you will take the SCCM ITE the March of your fellowship year, and you'll get a report with the holes needed to plug. There are no truly good board prep books.

    For the fellowship itself, I recommend Marino as a starter, followed by Evidence-Based Critical Care by Marik (if your residency has Springerlink, you might get the PDF for free) as an appetizer, followed by Vincent's or Parillo's textbook as an entree. For desert, something like the Washington Manual of Critical Care. Get an iPad mini or a big iPhone, and you'll be able to carry most of these in your pocket (the printed books come with free beautiful inkling versions on expertconsult).
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2016

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