June 2019 Subspecialty News

MFM 2019 ORAL Exam Candidates

Can you believe that you’re less than a year away from being a board-certified MFM? You’re entering the last leg of a marathon, and this part of the race sets the stage for everything that comes next. By now you should have applied and paid the fee for the exam but if you haven’t, don’t worry – you can still apply in June with a late fee. Don’t wait too long, the fee goes up on June 15th and after June 28th you can’t apply for next April’s exam at all. Make sure to set some extra money aside, there’s a second fee due in September.

The next big deadline coming up is for turning in your thesis. You should send your thesis around to your co-authors and mentors for feedback, or to anyone else you trust for advice on this topic. Our faculty are well schooled in reviewing theses. In addition, we have faculty that can review it from a study design and/or statistical point of view.  Remember to check the ABOG Bulletin for the formatting requirements. One detail that can be hard to come by is the thesis affidavit, which is a document that your fellowship program director has to sign. Remember that summer is a popular vacation time, so ask early and you will be ready to go! The thesis deadline is September 30th at 5 pm CDT.

FPMRS 2019 Qualifying (Written) Examination Candidates (June 21, 2019)

June is here and your qualifying exam is around the corner (June 21, 2019). With your approval from the boards, by now you should have scheduled your examination with Pearson VUE to guarantee a spot on your examination day.  As you are in the process of rounding up your fellowship responsibilities and planning graduation, do not forget the importance of this critical step in your subspecialty board certification. The examination will be a computer-based structure in the form of multiple-choice questions with single best answer.  Test your knowledge and understanding of topics as outlined in the published Guide to Learning in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.  You should have an in-depth familiarity with the topics in this document. Practice Questions………. Practice Questions…………… We have put together a great high yield question bank which you can access through the link to our Written Question Manual. We have over 542 FPMRS written questions. Encompass question for the generalist to the subspecialist.

Some other examination day logistics to keep in mind –

  • Duration of Examination – 3 hours and 45mins (you are allowed to leave the examination if you finish earlier than the allotted time)
  • Two forms of Identification needed for admittance to the examination
  • Use of personal electronic devices are prohibited during the examination time.
  • Candidates can take unscheduled breaks not exceeding 10mins during the examination.
  • Candidates who are lactating may request a 30-minute break and extension of their examination (provided they have already notified ABOG of their request for this provision by now (90 days before the exam))

FPMRS 2020 Certifying (ORAL) Exam Candidates (April 27 – 30, 2020)

Application is now open online for registration. The final day for the application for the 2020 Certifying examination is June 28th, 2019.  A late fee will apply to applications submitted after May 31st, 2019. You will need to complete the required verification of hospital privileges form at the time of your application which you will need to email or faxed to the Board office. Candidates will receive an email confirmation once the application is approved by the Board.
You should be familiarizing yourself with ABOG's case list system by entering your cases. The earlier you start this process, the better. Enter cases as you go from now through the deadline. You can also start having sections of your case lists reviewed by colleagues and mentor.  ABC faculty are available to review your case list and provides you with a recording of suggested changes. 
We are ready to get you prepared for this examination…..Register now for our November FPMRS Review Course in Charlotte NC Nov 22-24, 2019.

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