March 2022 Subspecialty News

MFM 2022 ORAL Exam Candidates

It’s the last month before your exam – take a deep breath, it’s time for the final sprint! By this point you have done all the hardest work: your thesis is in (didn’t you submit that a million years ago?!), your case lists have been turned in . . . and hopefully you’ve been making time to read and study. With these last 4 weeks before test day, use your time to its full potential. Plan for which topics you’re going to cover by reading or using other study methods. Review your notes. The wisest strategy to use this month is mock orals. There’s no better way to check for gaps in your learning than to put your knowledge to the test!  You’ve got this – the finish line is in sight. Dig your heels in and make the most of this month.

Structured Cases Tip:
Start working on developing a depth to your differential diagnoses; try to come up with at least three working diagnoses. Also, start with the most logical- when you hear hoof beats, think of a horse before a zebra.  The next question, “How would you work her up?” is dependent upon how you answered the first. Our MFM Structured Cases are now available for purchase and perfect timing in that you are less than 4 weeks away from your exam.

2022 ORAL Exam Candidates

We are about a month away from show time and anxiety is likely starting to mount. The key is to maintain focus on the areas you are less comfortable with and doing as many run-throughs with mentors, colleagues, and ABC as you can.  Keep your mind on high yield topics and review your case list again to brush up on any specifics that you are not 100% comfortable discussing. You can still sign up for our webinar series and watch archived case presentations.  It is also not too late to sign up for our mock orals, you can benefit from the expertise of ABC faculty subspecialists who can focus on specific topics, case list or your thesis.

Test Taking Tips
The #1 regret of past candidates is that they wished they had done more mock oral exams. We suggest you start about 6 weeks before your exam. Certainly, tap into your local colleagues and past academicians. However, you need to quickly rev up to those who can simulate the exam. Give ABC a call for a telephone or virtual mock oral with one of our FPM faculty. 

REI 2022 ORAL Exam Candidates

Our REI Structured Cases product simulates the exam topics and setting. They not only give you the format but more importantly, the answers, so you can learn the expected depth and breadth of your answers. They are so easy to utilize and your mock oral examiner doesn’t even need medical knowledge.

Exam tip:
Make sure you have everything in order regarding your travel plans.  Nothing makes a stressful situation worse than a last minute travel glitch. Finally, relax & breathe. You really do know the wouldn't have gotten this far if you didn't. The key is organizing your thoughts enough to articulate what a great clinician you are to the examiners!

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