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Pediatric Anesthesiology Exam Scoring
The PA Exam consists of 200 questions, and candidates have four hours to complete the exam. The exam
includes only A-type questions. A-type questions are single-best-answer multiple-choice questions that
require the application of knowledge rather than simple recall of information. These questions often include
a brief, clinical vignette followed by a lead-in question and three response options. The PA Exam includes
questions that reference static images.
Pediatric Anesthesiology Exam Format
The Pediatric Anesthesiology Exam 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 20-year-old woman is brought to the emergency department due to lightheadedness during her exam. The patient was very anxious before the start of the exam. On examination, her heart rate is 110 beats per minute, and respiratory rate is 35 per minute. Arterial blood gases (ABGs) of the patient are performed, which reveals a pH of 7.5, pCO2 of 28 mmHg, and HCO3 of 10.5 mEq/L. Glucose levels are normal. Which of the following acid-base abnormality is most likely to be present in this patient?
◯ A. Respiratory acidosis
◯ B. Compensated respiratory acidosis
◯ C. Respiratory alkalosis
◯ D. Metabolic acidosis
◯ E. Metabolic alkalosis
A high pH in this patient indicates alkalemia is present. Also, the partial pressure of carbon dioxide is low in respiratory alkalosis, which has also occurred in this patient. Anxiety and hyperventilation are the major causes of respiratory alkalosis.
A high pH and low pCO2 levels in this patient rule out respiratory acidosis.
A high pH and low pCO2 levels rule out the possibility of respiratory acidosis in this patient.
This patient has high pH, which indicates that alkalemia is present, not acidosis. The partial pressure of CO2 and bicarbonate levels are low, which also occurs in metabolic acidosis.
Metabolic alkalosis is incorrect because although a high pH indicates alkalosis, the partial pressure of carbon dioxide is low in this patient which is normal in metabolic alkalosis.
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