What should I look for in a review course?
First of all, make sure it's a BOARD review course. This means the course is targeted specifically for those preparing for their board exam. A "review course" simply provides a review that is typically comprehensive, evidence-based, and an update on research trends. This type of review is geared usually for the established practitioner looking for a general review. This is NOT what is on your test.
ABC is a BOARD review course, that although extensive, is not exhaustive nor comprehensive, and limited to covering the essentials of what you need to know for the test.
Secondly, look at the TOPICS. They should be chosen entirely on their likelihood of being on your test. A simple inquiry to the course director or administrator should answer this question. If the topics are selected by the speaker, then they most likely represent only their personal or research interest. Thus it will be hit or miss.
Thirdly, look to see what category of CME is awarded. A measure of quality is Category I CME. The ACCME has strict criteria of quality and scrutinizes many attributes of a course, including, but not limited to objectives, references, up-to-date, faculty credentials, etc. ABC is the only commercial review course in the nation that has the prestigious privilege of awarding Category ONE credits.
Finally check out the FACULTY. A university sponsored review course tends to use primarily their faculty only. The means frequently residents, fellows, and junior faculty are assigned a topic and have minimal public speaking experience. Most importantly, the faculty should all be practitioners. These are clinical exams and the ones who know it best are the ones who have hands on experience. A retired, non-clinical researcher or non-practitioner lecturer is of limited value.
Why should I choose ABC over the other review courses?
ABC is a BOARD review course that provides a streamlined, exam-focused review by WOW faculty.
ABC is with you every step in your quest for board certification. If your first step is the WRITTEN board exam, you can do it--we can help. Every single lecture will point out the written exam focus and conclude with sample written questions. An optional evening session discusses exam strategy. The spring courses offer an elective extensive four hour evening session on analyzing your written exam performance. This is taught by a team of professional education specialists to assure your scores are commensurate with your knowledge.
OK, if your next step is the ORAL board exam, you can do it--we can help. Every single lecturer will point out the oral exam focus. You also receive a handout of expected test questions to follow every lecture. You may select an ABC faculty to give you a private mock oral exam. If you're taking your ABOG ORAL exam, there are numerous optional evening sessions dedicated to constructing and defending your case list. If you're taking your AOBOG CLINICAL exam the schedule is highlighted with the core topics. An AOBOG certified osteopathic physician walks you through each of the core topics and their anticipated test questions. Course director, Dr. Krishna Das will join you and your osteopathic colleagues for a special luncheon to make sure you eat, drink, and sleep those core topics.
You knew it was too good to be true. The buck doesn't stop with passing your written and oral boards. If your last step is to re-certify, you can do it--we can help. The exam focused lectures will make it crystal clear how to efficiently and almost effortlessly prepare for your written Maintenance of Certification exam. Course director, Dr. Krishna Das will sit down with you for a quick pep talk and strategy session.
Regardless of whether you are preparing for your ABOG, AOBOG or Canadian Royal College exam or your Written, Oral, or Clinical Boards, you can do it--we can help. ABC is with you every step in obtaining and maintaining your board certification.
America’s OB/GYN Board Review course is in full compliance of ABOG’s test integrity policy. In light of this policy, ABC does not solicit nor knowingly use any written, oral or MOC exam questions copyrighted by ABOG.
ABC is the only commercial review course in the nation that has the ACCME’s stamp of approval to be able to award Category I (ONE) CME credits.
What are some of the things attendees like best about our course?
What are the lectures like?
This site features videos recorded during the lectures, so you can see and hear for yourself. Click HERE to view sample videos from our lectures.
What do you mean by "WOW" faculty?
"WOW" means that their name had to have been mentioned within FIVE seconds of asking the question, "Who is the best speaker in ___?" They then undergo careful scrutiny and interrogation to make sure they are indeed the cream of the crop.
Each ABC faculty must be a captivating public speaker, an award winning educator, and a clinical expert. Each faculty member is constantly updated on exam trends so they know what to emphasize in their lectures. They participate in all facets of the exam process, writing test questions, giving mock oral exams, and reviewing case lists. ABC faculty can help you every step. When they're done, you'll say, "WOW, why can't all faculty be like ABC's?" For more information, see:
Can ABC help subspecialist fellows prepare for their general oral boards?
You bet! ABC is exactly what you need as we specialize in the general boards. Fellows especially need a BOARD review course, as just a few years of your subspecialty has dulled your recall of the off specialties, yet shifted you so far to the left/right in your specialty that you can't remember how a generalist thinks. ABC will give you a no-nonsense, just what you need to know, review for the test. Course director, Dr. Krishna Das invites you to a fellows only luncheon to review exam strategy and especially alert you to the two common pitfalls that fellows can fall into. We especially encourage you to take advantage of our case list review and mock oral exam services.
"Lunch with Dr. Das was very helpful - I see now how my strategy for the general boards should be very different than for my subspecialty boards"
"I just took a course this spring for REI subspecialists preparing for their general boards -- their lectures/notes/lecturers were not even comparable. Thanks!"
"Urogynecology is an extremely intimidating topic for many of us (especially MFM!!). I cannot say enough about how much more manageable and do able you made these topics today"
"I was an REI boarded by the Royal College of OB/GYN in the UK. I relocated to the US and had to repeat my residency. I came to ABC in preparation for my oral boards. Needless to say, I've attended a lot of courses and CME, but your course was brilliant. It gave me exactly what I needed to prepare for the exam and was a delightful and practical review applicable for the everyday practice of OB/GYN. Well done!"
"Dear Angela, Thanks so much! I'm a Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician at Yale and finished my fellowship one year ago. ALL the junior faculty in our group have taken the ABC course and loved it. They've all interacted with you and have all said that you and all the staff are phenomenal!"
"How embarrassing as a subspecialist to not pass my general boards. In short, ABC was THE difference for me this (second) time with my oral exam prep. The focus on case list prep and the oral exam workshop were particularly excellent. I also made use of the telephone mock orals, which were fantastic and helped with my confidence. I also HIGHLY recommend the 'do or die' in Dallas -- I left feeling confident and assured that there was truly NOTHING else I needed to do. It was just a matter of knocking it out of the park from there, and I was NOT nervous on exam day-- testament, I think, to how prepared I felt. To say that gaining that sense of confidence and calm before this major, life-altering exam cannot be stressed enough. Would I recommend ABC? Are you KIDDING?!!! I wouldn't recommend ANYONE else, and I did course "x" the first time! ABC all the way (and no, I have not been paid for this endorsement ;-)"
I am taking my ABOG Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Exam. Can ABC help?
Yes we can! I know it's been years since you've taken your primary written board exam. Oh by the way, it's not a written test anymore; at least its format is now taken on the computer. That's the bad news; the good news is that the MOC written exam is easier than your primary written boards. ABC will make it crystal clear what you need to study.
ABC should prepare you well enough such that you really shouldn't need to do anything beyond the review course. Course Director, Dr. Krishna Das will strategize with you in choosing your exam selectives. You are also welcome to bone up and join the others at the optional evening session on written exam tips. ABC, with you every step.
What study materials should I bring with me to the course?
As far as office supplies, the hotel does have a business center. However, if you're really on top of your game, then we recommend the following:
If you are preparing for your ABOG oral board exam, then absolutely bring your CASE LIST! As a matter of fact, bring at least two paper copies. You will be using it daily. It is imperative that you have it with you during the optional evening sessions on strategy in constructing and defending your case list. At night, if you still have any oomph left, you will want to cross reference the test topic list and the ACOG references for each test topic on your case list. Obviously you will need it if you plan on a mock oral exam with one of the ABC faculty. Finally, exchange a copy with your neighbor -- they won't charge you a penny and the more set of eyes you can get on your case list, the better. Your case list...don't leave home without it!
If you're preparing for your written board exam, pack light. The days are long and grueling. You will be intellectually and emotionally drained. We recommend you clear your mind at the end of the day and NOT study, so you can recharge for the next day. The hotel has a fitness center, pool, and jacuzzi, so bring your swimsuit and workout clothes. The hotel also has in-room movies for a complete step-away.
If you can't walk away, or you drank way too much coffee, then bring your ACOG Compendium, PRECIS, and/or PROLOGS. Each lecture topic has accompanying test topics as well as their ACOG references, which you can check/flag with the Compendium. You might consider indexing each lecture topic in the PROLOGs to check your comprehension of each lecture. Finally you can skim through your PRECIS for each of the lecture topics to validate the lecture focus. But whatever you do, DON'T BRING any textbooks.
Will I be awarded CME for attendance?
Credit Designation: The Mountain Area Health Education Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 44 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits (tm). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of MAHEC and ABC OBGYN. MAHEC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Why is the course five days?
Five days is how long it takes to review 90% of the exam topics. We're not stuck into that arbitrary traditional time frame of one hour per lecture. Most topics take far less time to cover the essential exam focus, thus we can cover more topics quicker. Good thing, as courses longer than this are difficult for the student to maintain their focus and stamina. We also strategically overlap with a weekend so you only miss three days from the office/surgery.
Do you offer discounts?
YES! Learn about our package deals. We offer a 10% reduction in your registration fee if you meet one of the following conditions:
Now, here's the best part. You can add up EACH discount that applies to you (max of 2). For example, if you are a resident (10%) and sign up with a buddy (10%), you just got up to 20% off your registration! Residency directors can attend FREE -- we want you to check us out and also use this as a great getaway with your senior residents.
What can I do if I just can't come to the course?
The DVDs are your best bet. It's the next best thing to being there. The DVDs are formatted such that the speaker's slides are on your screen and you can see the speaker in the lower corner. Their handouts are available on a CD, so you can print them out and follow along with the lecture. Audio-only is available on our CDs, so these are handy when you're driving or just wanting to soak it in. We want to emphasize that we strongly recommend you come to the course. There is so much that happens off the tape, to cinch it and tie everything together, especially the optional evening sessions on strategy and one-on-one faculty interaction.
Should I bring my family to the course?
Not if you want to see them! The ABC schedule is grueling. The days start early and end late. You are exhausted emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Although the didactics end before dinner, most attend the optional evening sessions, as the focus shifts from content to strategy. You don't want to feel guilty for wanting to be in one place when you're at another. Leave your family at home. You will be more effective and intense to completely submerse yourself while you're here. We promise to get you home in just five days.
Why the big deal about "American Owned, American Based"? Aren't all review courses American Based?
Sadly not. Outsourcing seems to be common place for many industries: car manufacturing, computer technical support, garment production to name a few. Now this is even true for review courses. The "A" of ABC is not a façade -- it's the real thing. Like the cruise industry, a company can register their charter wherever it is financially or promotionally to their advantage. Don't be fooled just because a review course claims to be American based, as you can get a charter in any state of the union.
ABC is fiercely loyal to the red, white, and blue. After all, it is the AMERICAN boards. Each and every one of our staff resides in the good ol' USA, so you don't have to deal with foreign accents and crazy time zones to reach them.
We feel it is a tremendous privilege to sit for your American boards. ABC is honored to "practice what we preach". We ARE America's OB/GYN board review course. ABC is your board review course. ABC, with you every step.
What do I do if I have a question that isn't answered here?
ABC is with you every step. Please contact us.