You have been taking high-stakes exams your whole life, and here you are studying for the boards in preparation for the Board Certification or Maintenance of Certification exam, just as nervous as ever. That’s natural! But knowing how to study for the boards and avoiding these 10 mistakes [...]
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In 1950, doctors in practice could expect the total amount of medical knowledge to double every 50 years. By 2020, it will take just 73 days. How’s a young doctor supposed to keep up while managing the hectic pace of practice? In residency, I was surrounded by educational [...]
I’ve always been an active learner who learns best in “need-to-know” situations — and the point-of-care context is the epitome of “need to know.” It’s hard for me to retain information if I don’t know why I need to know it. Thus, I enjoy incorporating learning into my [...]
I recently cared for a brain-injured patient who was having side effects from an antiepileptic medication. While trying to figure out what to do for him, I happened upon a colleague of mine (let’s call him Dr. Brain) who wrote one of the leading textbooks on traumatic brain injury, and [...]
I like to think of my ability to study as B.C. and A.C. – before child and after child. For the past 4 years (one in medical school and 3 in residency), I’ve juggled patient care and scholarship and spending time with my husband and our energetic son. [...]
I knew years in advance that I had to take the internal medicine boards in 2015. Since my husband works in football, I knew I better not schedule the test for the fall. So, April 2015 was it. My study plan? I had a vague idea that I’d [...]