We offer case list reviews from now until August 15th. Our seasoned faculty can pinpoint errors, column confusion and areas to improve. You will also have an opportunity to speak directly with your reviewer by phone and ask any questions you may have lingering. Call Stephanie Orr in our office today. 877-222-6249
For ABOG 2018 ORAL Exam Candidates
The case list and your examination fee of $1025 are both due 8/1/18. Check your home page as ABOG typically assigns your exam month in July. I know that you haven’t even turned in your case list yet. But remember, he who giveth can taketh away, so just because they assign you your exam month, doesn’t obligate them to approve your case list.
Your ONLY priority is to finish your case list. Raise your right hand and repeat after me, “I promise I will not study at all, until I FINISH my case list”. Ideally, try to revise the list at least twice, as the first draft is never satisfactory. Dr. Das’ book, Pass Your Oral OB/GYN Board Exam is a great step-by-step guide.
The construction of your case list is like the practice of medicine; there is more than one way to do the same thing. Stand back and examine your list as if you were the examiner and not the candidate. What kind of questions would you ask?
Do you want that line of questioning? If not, then strategically revise the wording until it begs the questions you want. We realize you haven’t seen many case lists. In fact, often times yours is the only one. Make sure you let others review it before you turn it in. We are happy to offer a Comprehensive Case List Review. ABC is the only company in the nation where you receive a call from your reviewer to point out the highlights and also give you an opportunity to ask questions.
Remember your above scout’s pledge to not study? Well, you will need to explode out of the gate once you get that 800# gorilla list off your back. So, begin teeing up your review course options now.
If your exam is in November, you definitely need our Review Course in September. We’re the first out of the gate; our course is September 18-23, 2018. However, if your exam is not until December, January, or February, then come to our November 13-18, 2018 course.
The most common mistake on constructing your OFFICE case list is column confusion. The Results column is intended to be for the results of your treatment, NOT for the results of your diagnostic procedures. Put the results of your procedures in parenthesis in the Diagnostic Procedures column.
Diagnostic Procedures Results
Painful vulvar lesions
H&P (ulcerations on vulva)
Resolution of symptoms
Subspecialty Fellows Planning for their 2018 ABOG General Oral Board Exam
Refer also to the above tips since you are taking your general oral board exam.
Dr. Das’ book, Pass Your Oral OB/GYN Board Exam is a great step-by-step guide. Additionally, there is an appendix just for fellows.
I know you can’t see past August 1st, but you need to register for your review course. The subspecialists LOVE our course because it’s a no-nonsense, stream-lined, exam-focused review. We offer one course right out of the gate on September 18-23 and then another course from November 13-18.
Case List Construction Tip:
You are required to have exactly 20 patients in your off specialty list. However, it is much to your advantage to have as many categories as possible. This gives you, rather than the examiner, more control. If you have sparse topics, the examiner has free rein to go in any old direction he pleases. Just say WHOA! Rein him in and unhand him by having a nice depth and breadth of topics. I challenge you to have 20 categories.
For AOBOG 2018 ORAL Exam Candidates
The examination fee of $3275 for the October 20-21 exam is due 7/9/18, but the extended deadline is July 16th. Applications for April 2019, exam are available online 9/1/18. AOBOG is now limiting the exam to 45 candidates, so they fill up quickly.
After many years, AOBOG has decided to change not only the traditional ten core topics but also the exam administration. Some of the core topics now are very broad, so it’s critical to conduct a thorough review. Timed perfectly before your big day is our September 19-23 Review Course for a comprehensive review in just five days. While you’re there, get some face time with one-on-one Mock Oral Exams. ABC again is the first in the country to offer a new product designed to help you with the “4th Station” on your exam. If you don’t even know what that is, you especially need it!
For those of you planning for the Spring 2019 exam, I hope it’s obvious that it is not to your advantage to procrastinate. Rest assured that we will be having our signature Oral Exam Webinar, which was designed by a DO for DOs. This three-month webinar, starting in February 2019, reviews each of the core topics in great detail. The interactive format of the webinar gives you an opportunity to jump on the hot seat or just sit back and listen until you’re ready. We’re delighted to report that 99% who have participated in this webinar since 2011 have passed their exam!
For ABOG 2019 ORAL Exam Candidates
The written exam was June 25. Whew, glad that’s over! The hard part is now waiting for the results. The ABOG Bulletin states you will receive your results no later than August 1. Traditionally, it does take that long, so why cry over spilled milk? Try to enjoy the summer and catch up with friends and family that you have neglected the last couple of months.
If you elect the fast track for the 2019 oral exam, you will begin collecting your cases JULY 1 – nope, that’s not a typo. No rest for the weary. Even though you cannot apply for the exam until February 2019, if you wait that long to start collecting your cases, you’re already SEVEN months behind – BIG MISTAKE!
Don’t fret about details of how to enter the data. You’ll change your mind at least a half dozen times before it’s all said and done. For all GYN patients, start a habit of collecting 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. Don’t worry about the office patients yet. Take a stab at entering the data online . . . just use your common sense.
For ABOG 2019 WRITTEN Exam Candidates
The exam is a year away. Start saving your pennies. Brace yourself – the privilege to sit for this exam will cost about $1500. The application and exam fee will be due by October 14th. If this is your first time to take the exam and you have historically performed at least average on your CREOG in-service-training exam, then you can sit back and enjoy the summer. For most of you, it’s a hectic time anyway, with everyone moving up in rank.
If this is at least your second attempt, spend July minding your mind. Why did you fail? If you passed your USMLE on your first attempt and did OK on CREOG in-service training exams, then you probably need a better focus on exam topics. We can easily help you with that with our Test Topics Manual.
For AOBOG 2019 WRITTEN Exam Candidates
The exam is almost a year away or April 29 May 4, 2019. What’s the hurry? Time to kick back and soak in the summer rays, right? Right, as long as you’ve consistently scored > 200 on your CREOG in-service-training exam. If at any time during your residency you scored < 200 on your CREOG in-service-training exam or you failed your board exam, you need to take some time off to recharge your batteries. However, you need to start strategizing on a study plan. Wouldn’t it make the most sense to cover those high yield exam topics? Our course syllabus covers 90% of exam topics. If you attend the November 14-18 Review Course, you will walk away with the priceless list. Additionally, our Test Taking Skills Online Course can help you identify error patterns and how to fix them!
ABOG Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
Part II: Lifelong Learning
You should be halfway through with your 2nd quarter articles by now. Of course, you can extend or drag out all the articles all the way up until the December deadline, but WHY?
For those of you in your third year, you should have started the Safety Course. You cannot enter it until you have completed 60 questions from the 1st or 2nd quarter articles. The Safety Course is accessed only online, so if you’re one who likes to print out the articles and questions, you’re out of luck.
Part III: Secure Written Exam
If you have averaged > 86% on your article questions, you are exempt from taking the written exam. You can check your status on your homepage.
If you are not exempt, and you are in MOC Year 6, you must pass a written exam by December 15. We have a number of products to help you prepare for and pass your written exam. For those of you who have always tapped into a review course in preparing for your board certifying exams, you’ll no doubt benefit greatly by attending one of our five-day review courses being held September 19-23 and November 13-18. This is not the same type of review course as in the past. Just as you evolve and practice evidence-based medicine, our course is designed for the adult learner, is exam-focused, and all lectures follow the national ACOG guidelines. Heck, you’ll walk away with loads of everyday practice tips, too.
Still looking for more questions? Our Written Questions Manuals provide an additional 1700+ questions, plus a narrative explanation for each answer along with references.
We must be doing something right, as so far 100% of those attending the course have passed since ABOG started this mandatory process!
Oh, just in case you think you’re coasting after you pass your written exam, think again. You still have to read the 2018 articles. No rest for the weary!
Generalist: Selective Exam A & B (50 questions)
- Obstetrics and Gynecology and Office Practice & Women’s Health
- Obstetrics only
- Gynecology only (tends to have more Surgical GYN focus)
- Office Practice and Women’s Health only (primary care, office GYN & family planning focus)
- 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
- Anatomy & Physiology, Basic Sciences
- Ethics & Professionalism
AOBOG Osteopathic Continuous Certification in Obstetrics & Gynecology (OCC)
The OCC written exam is now computerized and offered in the spring and fall at all Pearson VUE centers. The examination can be taken during the last two years of the OCC cycle, but you must pass the written exam by the end of your six-year cycle. Come to one of our fall courses – either September 19-23 or November 13-18 to jump-start your studying. Our September review course is perfect timing as it is the week prior to the OCC September 24-29 exam.
In addition, you need to complete your Practice Performance Assessments (PPA) in a six-year OCC cycle. According to a convoluted table on the FAQ's on AOBOG site, the number of PPA's and which one is mandatory change according to the year of recertification. An example is this year (2018) is 4 PPA's with one being the effective communication module. Beginning in 2018 and forward it is 5 PPA's including the mandatory one. All required PPA's must be completed by September 15th of the year of recertification. AOBOG is testing a pilot program – q 2 weeks you receive a written Q via e-mail and have 4 minutes to complete it. We’re not privy to their intent, we’ll let you know when we know.
Since these modules take some time to complete, it is recommended you begin a module in the first or second year of the OCC 6 year cycle and complete one module annually. Of note, the PPA on communication has required patient surveys that take some time to obtain and enter.
Royal Canadian College 2019 Exam Candidates
The exam is a year away with the Written exam scheduled for April 30-May 1, 2019 at regional centres. Then at the end of the month, you will sit for the OSCE practical exam on May 30th, 2019 in Ottawa. Start saving your money as your application fee will cost about $795. The application and exam fee will be due by October 14th.