Quinn Peeper, MD
Do or Die in Dallas faculty
ABOG 2018 ORAL Exam Candidates
JANUARY Exam Candidates
The holidays are finally over. You’ve known you were the last group since July, and you thought January would never get here. Well, it’s here! You can sure identify with your patients who go into labor. Be careful what you wish for, right?
The #1 regret of exam takers is that they wished they had done more mock orals. You have all kinds of resources to tap into - local and regional colleagues, as well as academicians, subspecialists, and generalists. An eye-to-eye encounter is the best, but don’t forget you can do them over the telephone, too. The ABC faculty are just a dial away for a Telephone Mock Oral exam to get the professional touch. After each mock oral, figure out your new game plan and try it out with the next one.
A great way to pull it all together (or salvage what’s left if you’ve procrastinated) is to take advantage of our Do or Die in Dallas service. When we say, “We’re with you every step”, we mean that literally. Dr. Quinn Peeper will be right there in Dallas the week of your exam. He will do whatever it takes to get YOU feeling confident just before your test. It’s too late and certainly not helpful to hide within a group or camp just days before your test. Whereas examining is a team effort; unfortunately, being examined is solo. We can give Mock Oral Exams, test you with our signature Structured Cases, defuse those landmines on your case list, or even give you a crash lecture on a weak topic. You need to eat, drink and sleep OB/GYN and set the stage for your big day.
How would you work up the patient?
How would you manage her?
At the end of each case is “Supplemental Questions by Examiner.”
ABOG 2018 ORAL Exam Candidates
Happy New Year! The Chinese calendar says 2018 is the year of the exam. Make a resolution to not procrastinate preparing for your exam. Starting February 1st, you can apply for your exam at www.abog.org. Your application and the application fee of $840 are due by March 15th. If you delay, you will incur stiff late fees.
By now, you should have a system for organizing your data for the case list. For all GYN patients, collect the H&Ps, operative notes, pathology reports and discharge summaries. For all OB patients, keep a file of the prenatal forms, delivery notes, discharge summaries and postpartum notes.
Since you’re now halfway into collecting your cases, it’s time to start adding to your Office case list. Keep a list of all 40 categories on your desk. Collect no more than 6 names for each category. The bread & butter categories will fill up quickly. Start keeping an eye out for those categories that you want to talk about. It is unlikely, and unnecessary, to fill all 40 categories. Remember, you can only apply two patients per category.
Also, don’t forget you have to provide the overall number of ultrasounds that you personally performed in the office, as well as on hospitalized patients. Just keep a tickler file for OB, GYN, and Office.
Take a stab at entering the data on the case list forms - just use your common sense. Rest assured, we are offering our signature Case List Construction Workshop on April 10th. For those who are OCD, order your copy of Pass Your Oral Ob/Gyn Board Exam by Dr. Das, for a complete step-by-step guide. You’ve been collecting cases since the summer. It’s cold outside and you’ve nothing better to do, so start the good habit today of collecting and entering cases on a weekly basis at a minimum.
If the weather outside is frightful, our Oral Exam Webinar is delightful. It starts in February and will cover core topics in just three months. Drs. Diane Evans and Hazem Kannan will spend one to two hours weekly on each topic and show you exactly how to prepare for an oral exam. They’ll even give you a chance to practice the case of the day format live. It will catapult your studying and leave no stones unturned in preparing for additional topics.
If you’re really anal, come to our April 10-15 Board Review Course. The advantage of starting in the spring is that you have a good idea of the topics on your case list. You don’t have to do any heavy duty studying until August, as your only priority from May to August 1st is to get that case list done and to design your strategy. However, once August 1st hits...ee gads! -there is precious little time to study if your exam is the first month (November). Thus, coming to a review course in the spring greatly facilitates exploding out of the starting block.
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Chief Residents Planning a Subspecialty Fellowship
Subspecialty fellows are permitted to select 20 patients from their Chief resident year for their off specialty case list. In other words, GYN Oncologists, REI and Urogynecologists will need an OB list and MFMs need a GYN list. Therefore, make sure to hold onto that residency log!
Refer to the ABOG Bulletin as to how those 20 patients are selected. To be on the safe side, we recommend you collect at least 30, so you can strategically select the final 20 later. For those patients, keep a file of the following: for the GYN patients, collect the H&Ps, operative notes, pathology reports and discharge summaries. For the OB patients, keep a file of the prenatal forms, delivery notes, discharge summaries and postpartum notes. Don’t worry at all about the office patients, as you may compile these only during your fellowship
A word of caution – right now you are at your peak for general OB/GYN knowledge. Believe it or not, two years from now your knowledge base will regress to that of an intern. Yes, it’s true -if you don’t use it, you lose it. So those really cool, esoteric, bizarre, once-in-a career cases now will be a nightmare to defend later. Your greatest allies are your junior residents. If they can’t easily defend the case, cease and desist and “go fish” for another.
Subspecialty Fellows Planning for their 2018 ABOG General Oral Board Exam
You can now sit for your general oral boards anytime during your fellowship. Unfortunately, it’s true -if you don’t use it, you lose it, so try to con your fellowship director into letting you take your exam your first year.
If you neglected to collect cases in your off specialty from your chief year, begin to piecemeal how to gather those cases from your residency institution. GYN Oncologists, REI and Urogynecologists will need an OB list and MFMs need a GYN list. If you currently have to take call for these off services, you can use those cases.
If you are retrospectively collecting cases, go with your comfort zone. Dang, how could you have forgotten so much in such a short time? Go with the bread-and-butter cases. Remember this is your general boards. We recommend you chose those cases that reflect high-yield topics. Our Test Topics Manual and Pass Your Oral Ob/Gyn Board Exam by Dr. Das are excellent step-by-step guides.
Our review course is ideal for sub-specialists. It’s too risky to wait until a few months before your exam, so come to our April 10-15 Board Review Course. For the past five years, we’ve covered 99% of exam topics! We’ll spoon feed you on your off-specialty topics and you will not need to go beyond your course binder.
For AOBOG & ABOG 2018 WRITTEN Exam Candidates
The ABOG June 25th, 2018 exam is now closed. Have you reserved your Pearson-Vue testing center yet? The AOBOG April 23-28, 2018 exam application is due February 19 (February 26st if you want to pay a penalty late fee). The exam is in four and six months, so it’s “over the hump” time. Your free time to study will be usurped by end of year stuff as you finish your residency. Therefore, you must take advantage of JANUARY and FEBRUARY to “kick butt” and crank out a bunch of topics on your study plan.
You must be candid as to what you can/cannot accomplish on your study plan. If you haven’t already finished, prioritize those MUST KNOW topics. Our Test Topics Manual is a great resource to show you the way, as it covers 90% of the exam topics. Limit yourself to a clinical review and don’t forget to budget time for written questions on each topic.
We strongly advise taking a review course; our next course is April 11-15, 2018. Obviously we’re a bit biased, as we feel we have the ideal course; however, you should look for the following features. There is precious little time to wade through the volumes of material to figure out what to prioritize. You also want a faculty with extensive speaking experience. The fact that they research and publish is irrelevant, as their lectures should be based on ACOG clinical guidelines. The faculty especially needs to be knowledgeable in written exams. Every ABC lecture concludes with written questions.
For those who have traditionally struggled with written exams, or if you have failed the written board exam, you cannot continue with modus operandi. It didn’t work before, so why set yourself up for the same outcome? We have found that knowledge is rarely the problem. You couldn’t have made it this far is that was the case. It’s typically a processing problem. The Jolley’s have a brilliantly simply and effective PROCESS with proven success. They offer their Test Taking Skills Workshop on April 11th in conjunction with our April course.
AOBOG 2018 ORAL Exam Candidates
Applications for the April 27-28, 2018 oral exam is due by February 15th, remember to include the $3275 examination fee. HURRY - AOBOG just put on their website that they only have 1 opening left for the April 2018 exam.
We’ve got a great way to start out the New Year. Drs. Diane Evans, DO, Hazem Kanaan, DO and Stephanie Persondek, DO start our Oral Exam Webinar on February 6th. We guarantee to get through the core topics by the April test dates. When purchasing all three series, you will receive a FREE ½ hour telephone mock oral exam! Since its debut in 2011, we’ve been batting a 99% pass rate for webinar attendees.
For those of you with a fall exam, launch your studying with our April 11-15 Board Review Course. Did you know our syllabus even highlights the core topics? We also have an evening session where we put each core topic under the microscope and look at every angle of possible questions.
ABOG Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
Part II: Lifelong Learning
It’s time to pay to play. Your renewal fee of $295 for Part II for Annual Board Certification is due with your application. You must apply every year and access to the MOC assignments will not be allowed until your application and fee are received. The list of journal articles for the first quarter should be out mid-January. Make a New Year’s resolution to finish the first quarter just before you file your taxes in April.
Part III: Secure Written Exam
For those of you in MOC Year 6, you must pass a written exam by December 15th, 2017. Our next course is April 11-15 in Charlotte, NC. Since you are an adult learner, we strongly recommend you take your exam the DAY AFTER or at the latest, one week after the course!
- Obstetrics and Gynecology and Office Practice & Women’s Health
- Obstetrics only
- Gynecology only
- Office Practice and Women’s Health only
- Gynecologic Oncology
- Maternal Fetal Medicine
- Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
- Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (starting 2019)
- Obstetrics – Antepartum, Intrapartum, Postpartum.
- Gynecology only- Inpatient & Outpatient GYN focus, including REI, Urogyn and Oncology
- Office Practice and Women’s Health only - primary care, office GYN, office surgery & family planning focus
AOBOG Written Exam Osteopathic Continuous Certification in Obstetrics & Gynecology (OCC)
If you want to take the March, exam, you can still register by January 15th, but you also need to send your $1525 application and exam fee. You can take it as early as year four of the six year cycle.
I have good news and bad news. Until this year, the exam was only offered once a year at the spring ACOOG conference. However, lucky you gets to be in the inaugural class that has to take the exam on the computer! You may take the exam anytime 3/6-11 at any Pearson-Vue testing center.
This exam is usually a piece of cake; that is, if you are a generalist. If you’re a specialist, then it’s tough because it includes ALL of OB/GYN. We strongly recommend that you consider getting our DVD course recordings to refresh you on those off topics.
So you thought you were done with those oral exam core topics, eh? Think again. Those are boomerang right back at you. Streamline your studying, by joining Drs. Diane Evans, DO and Hazem Kanaan, DO with our OCC & Oral Exam Webinar starts February 6th.
On the AOBOG website, aobog.org, they even give you a list of test topics! They include, but are not limited to, the following:
AOBOG lists exam topics which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Medical conditions complicating pregnancy
Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy
Diabetes mellitus in pregnancy: screening and management
Ectopic pregnancy: diagnosis and management
Maternal antenatal screening for aneuploidy
HIV in pregnancy
Infectious disease in pregnancy: maternal and fetal effects/complications
Sexually transmitted infections
Preterm labor: diagnosis and management including appropriate use of fetal fibronectin, cervical lengths, and antenatal steroids
HPV: infection, manifestations, vaccine
Abnormal cervical cytology and histology: diagnosis & management
Gynecologic procedures: indications, complications, peri-operative management
Low bone mass/osteoporosis: screening, prevention, management
BRCa 1&2: counseling and implications
Abnormal uterine bleeding
Royal Canadian College 2018 Exam Candidates
Registration deadline for spring specialty examination is January 13 2018. The cost for the 2018 examination are 4,155$ CAD. Registration form can be found online and faxed to 613-730-3707 or emailed to email@example.com.
The Credential Unit will confirm your registration by email. If you do not receive your confirmation within 15 days, you can call: 613-730-6278; toll-free 1-800-668-3740 ext. 278 or 419.
Depending on your University and Program of training, by the end of January, you can take the CREOG (American) practice examination. Take this seriously as it may help you identify area of weakness. This examination might (or might not) be paid by your program. If you need to pay, registration is usually due by November.
ABOG MFM 2018 ORAL Exam Candidates
Happy New Year, MFM oral exam candidates! It is 2018 and time to keep up the pace on your study plan. Your case list is due to ABOG by 5pm on February 1st- make sure you have it copied and formatted according to their guidelines, and sent via a reliable carrier with plenty of time to meet that deadline. You’ve come too far to have this all go wrong just because of timing! Don’t forget, there will be an opportunity to have your case list reviewed and for mock orals during the SMFM annual meeting in Dallas this month. Having someone else review your list is a great way to pick up inconsistencies, excess language, or lack of detail that you may fail to recognize since you’re likely working on a document that has been revised multiple times at this point.
Don’t let procrastination on studying get the best of you. Make one of your New Year’s resolutions be a consistent plan for studying and reading to prepare for April. You’ve got this!
FPMRS 2017 ORAL Exam Candidates
Happy New Year! We are kicking off the New Year with our 12 session Oral Exam Webinar for FPMRS oral exam candidates. The first session starts January 14th with Dr. Taylor reviewing POP structured cases. Bernard Taylor is Assistant Program Director at Carolinas Medical Center. If you purchase all three LIVE series you receive a free ½ hr mock oral.
Remember your case list is due to ABOG by 5pm on February 1st-. Make sure you have it copied and formatted according to their guidelines, and sent via a reliable carrier with plenty of time to meet that deadline. You’ve come too far to have this all go wrong just because of timing! We have FPM faculty on hand to review your case list. They will review it with a keen eye and point out strengths and weaknesses like repetitive language, inconsistencies or lack of detail that you may fail to recognize since you’re likely working on a document that has been revised multiple times at this point. You will then have a 1-on-1 phone consult to review the highlights.