The AOBOG oral exam requires practice. Most will need at least three mock oral exams as they scale that exponential learning curve to reach a comfort level of readiness for their test.
- A private mock oral exam is conducted by the ABC faculty of your choice
- One-on-one, half hour private session that occurs during the ABC course or via telephone
- Mock exam can be recorded for later review
- ABC faculty consist of Generalists, GYN, Oncology, REI, MFM, Urogynecologists, Internal Medicine, Family Practice
The most common test format throughout medical school and residency is overwhelmingly written. Years of experience with the written format make taking the written exam straightforward and predictable. Preparing for and taking an oral exam, however, is quite different. Experimentation with the oral exam format should not be reserved for your first encounter with the oral boards. DO NOT take this exam cold!
ALL of the ABC mock oral examiners are PRACTITIONERS. Just because you are obviously practicing OB/GYN doesn't mean other courses' faculty are...and unfortunately many are not!
The only way to really understand if a candidate is knowledgeable is if the examiner is actually managing the very issues that he is examining you on. We encourage you to seek out mock oral exams at home--with your colleagues, retired partners, specialists that you refer to, etc. They won't charge you a dime. Quantity is good. However, remember their only experience with an exam was their own! At some point you'll realize. . . Don't try this at home. You need an examiner experienced in testing and one who knows the latest exam trends. Don't risk getting false reassurance from an amateur or non-practitioner.
"Praise the Lord for helping me find you and your staff. What a blessing you all have been. Just got my score back for the D.O. orals and I passed with 100%! Never had that happen for a standardized test. Used your 40 Structured Cases recommended for the A.O.B.O.G boards, and I played the Structured Cases webinar with Core topics over and over again - held by Dr. Evans. But what helped relax the nerves was Dr. Noroozhani's afternoon oral exam workshop and your Mock Oral on urogynecology. It helped me focus on the answers expected by the examiner. The Pearl's of Exxcellence also was a great way to get more case questions covered and help with everyday management of patients. The oral exam book also help me to go deeper into subjects I felt weak on. Thanks so much for the Wise tips. You may use my recommendation anytime." - NA
"I took my exam last week and PASSED!! This was my second time and I was really worried. Mock orals really helped (one thing I had not done last year)."
"Thanks to ABC, especially Dr. Das and Peeper, I passed my oral exam on my third attempt. Mock orals were definitely the key to success. I know I heard that all along, but I didn't embrace it the first two times. There is just no substitute; you can study all you want, but you can't get the words out and in an organized fashion, without practice." -- HS