October 2016 ABC Advisor


Krishna Das, MD, FACOG
ABC Course Director to provide one on one mock orals in Dallas

November Oral exam candidates have now received their exact exam day and time. Take advantage of ABC's Do or Die in Dallas sessions. These private mock orals can be on your case list or structured case portion of the test.  Each one-on-one 55 minute sessions are limited and are on a first-come first served basis.  Contact Angela Hare in our office for more information.

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MFM Interactive Board Review Course 
Begins Friday, November 18th  

ABC fills the critical gap identified by MFMs frustrated with a deficiency in their oral exam prep.

  • 3-day Review Course for MFM Oral Exam Candidates in Charlotte, NC
  • Mornings targeted around didactic learning
  • Candidate centered afternoons, using active learning strategies around structured cases
  • Provide candidates with different ways to learn content and demonstrate mastery
  • Includes course binder & structured cases
  • Providing AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™

MFM Review Course »


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Oral Exam Tip
Case List Strategy 

The strategy for GUESSING depends on the exam component. If you are defending your case list, then GUESS only if you are reasonably (80%) sure. For example, if you are asked, “What does the CA of CA-125 stand for?” Some possible answers might include:

  • If you don’t know the exact answer, but do know something about the topic, then qualify your answer with what you do know, such as “I know it is a laboratory serum tumor marker for epithelial ovarian cancers. It is most helpful as a marker for recurrence of disease but has limitations as a screening tool.  I cannot recall what the CA stands for, but I can readily look it up in our laboratory reference manual at my office”
  •  If it’s vaguely familiar, it is better to respond, “I cannot recall at this time”
  • If you have absolutely no idea, then respond, “I don’t know”

(FYI – The answer is “Cancer Antigen”) 

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Upcoming Deadlines, Events & Dates:

1st - AOBOG Oral Exam in Chicago, IL
1st -AOBOG Oral Spring 2017 exam application now open
5-9th - ACOOG Fall Conference, Cleveland, OH
18th - ABOG Written exam application and examination fee of $1470 are both due 

6-9th - ABC faculty in Dallas offering one on one mock orals
9th - CREOG in-service-training exam application and exam fee of $120 due 
15th - ABC's Oral Exam Workshop in Charlotte, NC 
17th - Jolley's Test Taking Skills Workshop in Charlotte, NC
17th - ABOG Written exam application and late fee due
16-20th - ABC's 5-day Review Course in Charlotte, NC
18-20th - ABC's 3-day MFM Interactive Board Review Course in Charlotte, NC

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Upcoming Webinars: 
FPMRS Oral Exam Webinar

  • First webinar in the country designed specifically to help prepare and pass oral board exam
  • 12 - 1 hr sessions starting January, 2017
  • Conducted by FPMRS board certified practicing physicians 
  • Topics taken from ABOG/ACGME learning objectives
  • Purchase 1-2 or all 3 series and receive archives after each session

Oral Exam Webinar  

  • Designed for those preparing for their AOBOG or ABOG oral exam
  • Lectures contain high yield exam topics 
  • Structured case format to help articulate the content that was reviewed  
  • Listen live and receive archives to continue your studying
  • Next webinar to start February 2017


CDC one of many partners supporting this service created by HMHB 

A unique way to reach pregnant women and their newborns was developed by the National Health Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB).   Text messages in English or Spanish are sent 3x per week with advice on enjoying a healthy pregnancy.  It also provides tips for new moms with babies up to their first year.  As a physician you can spread the word on this free service.  

Read more at Test4Baby »

Case List Tip 
Chief Residents Planning A Subspecialty Fellowship

You’re almost halfway through your academic year. You will never rotate again on certain subspecialties. It’s critical that you track those for which you will need to collect cases and strategically choose those during the rotation. Better yet, keep a list of all the cases so you have the luxury to choose which ones you want to keep. You want your case list to reflect a depth and breadth of general OB/GYN. Remember, once you leave your residency, it becomes a logistical nightmare to go back and collect cases. 

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