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Preparing for Oral Boards E. Steele, M.D. May 2006
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Overview Pass Written Application for Orals automatically mailed to you You don’t get to choose But you can call and ask for a particular day
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The Big Day You are assigned and day and time to report to an orientation room Orientation last about 20 minutes You get Question No. 1 here Approx. 10 minutes to work on your outline March to your assigned examination room
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Examination Room Suite-type hotel room Two examiners: one senior, one junior and possibly an observer who sits behind you Small desk with pad of paper and pen and a glass of water
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Format of examination Main stem: intra-op and post-op OR intra- op and pre-op Senior examiner begins Junior examiner jumps in later All the time they are filling out a scantron sheet (what does it mean?!) After they finish grilling you, they begin grab-bag questions
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Grab bag questions You don’t see it before they ask it Brief clinical scenario and what would you do? Child comes for PE tubes and mom says he has a hole in his heart. Do you proceed?
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A busy week Each day there are about 5 sessions, each session has several orientation rooms, each orientation rooms has about 20 applicants for five days in a row. This means 900 to 1000 people are taking oral examinations the same week as you! Lots of nervous people in the lobby Lots of anxious people leaving the lobby
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Scoring the exam Two rooms are separate Not all questions or examiners are created equally Statistical analysis and conversion factor for difficulty of question and examiner It takes awhile to do all this
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What are the trying to assess? Written exam: knowledge of general medicine and
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