Certain medical specialties require physicians to take oral boards as part of their board certification process. Below are some general tips from my experience having recently taken oral boards. In Part 2, I’ll specifically talk about my study plan for Ophthalmology. –
?There are not too many resources on how to study for oral boards. It’s pretty vague. Talk to those who have recently taken it in your specialty such as junior attendings or senior residents. Typically it’s tips passed down that give you a sense of how to prepare.
?Practice out loud- in front of a mirror or with a friend. This is a completely different test than any other you’ve taken before, so you have to approach it differently. I had an awesome study buddy @owmyknee and we made FaceTime dates once a week starting 2-3 months before the test. I’ve also heard recording yourself and listening is helpful. While you may feel you “know” the material, you have to effectively communicate that quickly-practicing out loud is crucial.
?Stay organized with your case presentations and you’ll do great. Organization is key especially when you are on the spot and nerves are trying to get the best of you. By systemically going through your oral cases, you won’t forget steps in your presentation. Even in a seemingly straight forward case it’s easy to get lost.
?Don’t take cues from the examiners. They are coached to be “poker faced”. For Ophtho we are given an iPad with the case- I focused my eyes on the picture rather than the examiners.
??Lastly- confidence! You’ve made it this far in your specialty for a reason- you know your stuff. The exam is designed to make sure you don’t hurt a patient in practice and miss a crucial diagnosis or step in treament.
I’m curious what other specialties besides Ophthalmology are required to take oral boards? Any tips for oral exams? ⬇️ ?Photo cred and backdrop creativity by my retina team. Also still rockin my @medelita_gram white coat 7 months ??.