How to Navigate the High-Stakes General Surgery Certifying Exam
The American Board of Surgery (ABS) Certifying Examination. The mere mention of this high-stakes exam is enough to tighten your stomach into a knot and cause massive anxiety. Yes, preparing for this exam can be challenging, but it’s a mandatory step to earn your medical license. Thorough exam preparation and a strategic approach will significantly increase your chances of success. Here are some tips and tricks to help you pass the… READ MORE
So, you’re faced with the challenge of taking the ABS qualifying exam and, you’re wondering what’s the best way to prepare to ensure that you pass the first time around. The process of taking the ABS certifying exams can feel daunting and overwhelming, with so much to review in so little time. This article aims to 1) review the exam content and structure and 2) provide effective general surgery board prep strategies to pass the exam.
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The knowledge of the test-taker regarding the details of numerous treatment interventions gets tested on the board exams. It is important to know the situations in which to select a specific treatment intervention. In addition to this, you should also have knowledge of the details of particular treatment interventions. Therefore, the question is: “how much knowledge should one have regarding the details of various treatment interventions for the purposes of board exams?”
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Clinical knowledge is primarily tested in medical board exams. Commonly asked questions on the general surgery board exams assess the knowledge regarding treatment interventions. The following three different aspects of treatment can be tested:
Specific treatment intervention details
Treatments by disease variants and in specific populations
This post is focused on treatment algorithms. Treatment algorithms are described as an ordering of treatment interventions in ranks starting with first-line treatments followed by second-line, third-line, and fourth-line treatment interventions, eventually… READ MORE
Medical exam boards take pride in clinically relevant and fair multiple-choice questions. This simply means the board is not trying to trick you. Most of the case vignettes describe a patient that has a common form of the disease. After all, we as physicians spend the majority of our time assessing and treating such cases. On the other hand, as clinicians, we should be able to recognize a rare condition as well. Hence, the vital question is: How do you… READ MORE
Studying for the General Surgery Boards is similar to studying for USMLE Step 1; you have already been taught everything that you need to know for the exam, but at the same time you have no idea what to expect or how to study. The ABSITE is a good way to test your knowledge throughout residency, but no matter how well (or poorly) you perform, it does not prepare you enough to pass the boards.
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