ABOG 2019 ORAL Exam Candidates
The November exam is in nine weeks– YIKES! If you have not already done so, send your case list NOW to your local/regional consultants or colleagues for recommendations in DEFENDING your case list:
Case list component Reviewer
OB MFM, generalist
GYN GYN ONC, Urogyn, Generalist
Office Generalist, REI, FP, IM
Make sure you give them a strict deadline - say two weeks; and set a date now to discuss their recommendations. Also, consider utilizing the offered by the ABC faculty. We’ll help you defend those nightmare cases or, just as important, point out the usual exam focus for all of your cases. The other half of the exam is the Structured Cases. We have a number of products to help you get totally comfortable with this portion of your exam. Our Structured Cases product is grouped according to a subject, so they’re an excellent way to fill in topic gaps, as well as practice the oral format. We have over 130. You get a great bang out of your buck if you purchase our set of 85 cases. If your exam is in December, January or February, ABCs November 19-24 Interactive BOARD Review Course is the perfect time for you. Our research has consistently shown that your pass rate is higher if you incorporate strategy with content. Therefore, our Oral Exam Workshop, which is devoted to strategy, is now included the course. Our faculty is exceptionally knowledgeable about the oral exam and provides specific services, such as Mock Oral Exams, Case List Reviews, and Structured Cases. The earlier you take these services, the better off you’ll be, as your studying will take far more time than you budgeted, so it is better to identify as early as possible the topics you need to prioritize. Regardless of the month of your exam, you MUST know your case list COLD! For every patient, make a copy of the case from your case list, draft a clinical summary, identify the patient management issues and compile both the compendium references on the issues and your clinically oriented review. Viola! Now you know her stone cold. If that was a fly by, duh, which way did he go? moment, then refer to Dr. Das’ book, Pass Your Oral OB/GYN Board Exam for details for this clever and efficient way to base your studying from your case list.
Subspecialty Fellows Planning for their 2019 ABOG General Oral Board Exam
Now that your case list has been turned in, you recognize how much you forgot in your off-specialty subjects. That’s where they get the expression, “If you don’t use it, you lose it”. Our review course is IDEAL for fellows, as we tell you just what you need to know; then you can joyfully repress it again after your test. Even if your exam is not until January, there is A LOT to relearn….OK, for some of you, to learn. We strongly recommend you come to either our September or our November course to gather all the material you will need for 95% of your test. For those of you whose exam is not until December, January or February and choose to attend the September course, we’ll let you come back to the November course for a day or two just to take mock oral exams. Heck, bring back your syllabus and we’ll let you sit through some of the lectures for free while you are waiting for your next mock oral exam. We also encourage you to tap into our Do or Die in Dallas, which provides an opportunity for last-minute polishing or cramming.
ABOG 2020 ORAL Exam Candidates
Congratulations for passing Go (or your Written Exam) and collect your $200. No rest for the weary. If you took the exam as a resident, you may apply for the Accelerated Process. This is fancy talk; the simple translation is that this applies to you if you finished your residency in June 2019 and want to sit for your oral exam in 2020. The deadline for the application is April 30, 2020. For the majority of you taking the conventional route (in other words, you’ve been in practice at least a year), you cannot apply for the 2020 oral exam until February 1, 2020. However, if you wait this long to enter cases, you’re already EIGHT months behind – BIG MISTAKE! For ANYONE taking their 2020 oral exams, go to abog.org now to start entering your cases online. Remember the collections started, as in past tense, JULY 1, 2019.
AOBOG ORAL Exam Candidates
Applications for the April 12 and 13, 2020 exam are available September 1st. The application fee of $3275 is due by January 20, 2020, or when the cap is reached. September should be a comprehensive, exhaustive review for each core topic. To top off your preparation consider booking mock orals with our osteopathic faculty. If you can’t attend the live webinar, the next best thing is our Structured Cases product. We’ve received rave feedback that they closely simulate the exam. Each is subject based, including FPM, Oncology, OB, GYN and REI. We also have a set that is specific for each core topic, including the new ones of ultrasound, pain, sexual dysfunction and contraception. We are the only company that has a product for the 4th station section of your exam. Do not go into the exam unprepared, as its format is so unique that you’ll be sideswiped and unlikely to recover. ABC has the guard rails to keep you going down the long and straight. For those preparing for their spring exams, if you really want to get a head start, come to our November course and follow it up with our winter three-month-long Oral Exam Webinar that addresses each core topic. Did you know that our syllabus even highlights EACH core topic? We also have an evening session that puts each core topic under the microscope and painstakingly goes through potential exam topics.
ABOG and AOBOG 2020 WRITTEN Exam Candidates
The exam is months away - how coincidental. The ABOG application is now available on-line at www.abog.org. Don’t shoot the messenger, but in case you need to budget, the $1500 application and examination fee are both due by October 19. For those of you taking your AOBOG exam, applications are available December 13 for the spring exam. If this is your first time to take the exam and you have historically performed above average on your CREOG in-service-training exam, kick back and chill. If this will be at least your second attempt or you have performed at or below average on your CREOG in-service-training exam, you need to decide if you can, and will, truly commit to adequately preparing for this exam. If your answer is anything but an emphatic yes, you are setting yourself up for another disappointment. We strongly advise you to come to our November 20-24 course or our Online Course. Not only will we provide you with the study materials that cover 90% of your exam, but we’ll help you develop a study plan to come out running at the six month mark. Take charge with our Taking Skills Online Course. You will receive over 2 hours of videos focusing on test taking methodology, strategy and application. The course is available at any time and on any device.
ABOG Maintenance of Certification
Part II Lifelong Learning
ALL 45 articles are due December 16. I know a rare few of you haven’t even done any. If you’re desperate, you need to pass 80% of 120 questions, so that’s only 30 of the 45 articles; however, you only get 25, rather than 35 Category I CME credits. Remember also that you must have enrolled in at least one practice module each year. If you have not, that can also be grounds to yank your certification - YIKES!
Part III Secure Written Exam
Those of you in MOC Year 6 who have not averaged 86% or higher on your articles must pass a written exam by December 16, 2019. For those of you who have always tapped into a review course in preparing for your board certifying exams, you’ll take great comfort in our five-day review courses being held September 18-22 and November 20-24. This is not the same type of review course as in the past. Just as you’ve evolved 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. Oh, just in case you think you’re coasting after you pass your written exam, think again. You still have to read the 2019 articles. No rest for the weary!
AOBOG Osteopathic Continuous Certification in Obstetrics & Gynecology (OCC)
The next OCC written exam is scheduled for September 23-28, 2019 at your nearby PearsonVue center. Moving forward will AOBOG be retiring the OCC exam? At this point, the AOA/AOBOG website hasn’t added any new information regarding any future exam or renewal process. We’ll keep you posted.
MFM 2019 ORAL Exam Candidates
Your thesis is due September 30th! Make sure you have checked and re-checked the requirements, including page setup. It is also a great idea to have someone read over it and make sure your thesis manuscript is a good representation of the hard work you did on your research. The case list isn’t due until February 3rd, but this is also a good time to make sure you are entering the data and checking to make sure you have patients that represent all of the different categories you need to fill for the case list. If you find that you are missing some patient experience types, now is the time to find ways to get more clinical exposure so you can be sure to get those last rare conditions covered. Interested in an MFM Thesis Review? It's still not too late to submit it to ABC, although our deadline for submission is Friday, September 13th.
FPMRS 2019 ORAL Exam Candidates
Your thesis is due September 30th! Make sure you have checked and re-checked the requirements, including page setup. It is also a great idea to have someone read over it and make sure your thesis manuscript is a good representation of the hard work you did on your research. The case list isn’t due until February, but this is also a good time to make sure you are entering the data and checking to make sure you have patients that represent all of the different categories you need to fill for the case list. If you find that you are missing some patient experience types, now is the time to find ways to get more clinical exposure so you can be sure to get those last rare conditions covered. Interested in an FPMRS Thesis Review? It's still not too late to submit it to ABC, although our deadline for submission is Friday, September 13th.