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What do I do if I fail the Cardiology board exam?
The first thing you should do is just take it easy, sleep on it. Give yourself a few days, a week or two to come to terms with what has happened. Your next exam is six months to a year away. Dr. Jack has more advice in this video, What Do You Do If You Fail Your Medical Board Exam?
Cardiovascular Disease Certification Exam Scoring
Overall performance is reported on a standardized score scale ranging from 200 to 800, with a mean of 500. To pass the Cardiovascular Disease board examination, your standardized score must equal or exceed the standardized passing score. Your performance on the entire exam determines your pass-fail decision.
The passing standard for the Cardiovascular Disease exam is set by ABIM committee using standard-setting techniques that follow best practices in assessment. Because the passing standard is based on a specified level of mastery of Cardiovascular Disease content, no predetermined percentage of examinees will pass or fail the exam.
Cardiovascular Disease Certification Exam Format
The Cardiovascular Disease Certification (CERT) board exam is composed of up to 240 single-best-answer multiple-choice questions. Most questions describe patient scenarios and ask about the tasks performed by physicians in the course of practice. (Note that around 40 of these are new questions that do not count in your score.)
Example of a single-best-answer multiple-choice question format:
A 64-year-old man with a history of diabetes and hypertension presented to the clinic with stable angina. The physical exam revealed no signs of CHF. Diagnostic catheterization showed an EF of 35%. All 3 main arteries were patent with discrete 80% lesions proximally. He undergoes CABG x 3 without complication. Three weeks later, this patient comes to your office to establish care. In this case, which one of the following therapies will not reduce mortality?
◯ A. Statins
◯ B. Prophylactic ICD
◯ C. Beta-blocker
◯ D. ACEI
B. Prophylactic ICD
Statins, beta-blockers, and ACEI all have studies shown to improve mortality in patients with coronary artery disease and low ejection fractions regardless of revascularization. However, a repeat ECHO is recommended in 3 months, post-CABG before this patient meets primary prevention criteria. Many people improve their cardiac function with revascularization, which improves their ejection fraction by>35%, and thus, no mortality benefit is seen. CABG-PATCH was the seminal trial that randomized patients to CABG plus ICD vs. CABG alone and showed no incremental benefit in patients who received ICD.
Epstein AE, ACC/AHA/HRS 2008 Guidelines for Device-Based Therapy of Cardiac Rhythm Abnormalities Circulation:117(21) 2820.
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