Published 1/1/2012
Bronwyn Barrera, MBA

Is the Board Exam in Your Future?

Academy review courses help prepare for Part I and Part II exams

Review courses have been a part of the Academy’s continuing medical education (CME) line-up for years. The AAOS has several courses and webinars (Table 1) that address the specific needs of residents studying for the various stages of the Board Examination.

Preparation options for Part I
Since its inception in 2005, the AAOS Board Preparation and Review Course has been a leading choice for residents and residency programs as a Board exam study solution. The experience is intense, with review sessions that parallel the organization of the Part I Exam. Basic science and pathology, pediatric orthopaedics, orthopaedic trauma, and the orthopaedic specialties are among the topics.

According to A. Jay Khanna, MD, course director, “This course is singularly focused on helping orthopaedic surgery chief residents pass the Part I Board Examination. The content is all high-yield and based on prior Orthopaedic In-Training Exams and self-assessment exams.”

Scheduled for April 11–15, the course features daily on-site test questions and high-yield concept reviews, informal evening study sessions, pre- and post-tests, and interactive audience response sessions as well as review lectures. Additional tools include complimentary CDs covering seven basic science lectures, pathology images, and recorded refresher webinars from previous years.

Course participants also receive complimentary registration to the two refresher webinars held just prior to the Board Examination. This year, the webinars will focus on pediatric orthopaedics and hand and upper extremity.

“These webinars are focused reviews of key concepts from the April Board Review Course,” said Dr. Khanna. “The two sessions are presented online as ‘just-in-time’ reviews only weeks before the Board Examination.” The webinars include interactive test questions with real-time feedback that enables participants to compare their own scores to those of their peers.

Preparation options for Part II
For those preparing to take Part II of the Board Examination, the AAOS offers multiple options, beginning with the AAOS Part II 2013 Board Certification Preparatory webinar in March. Faculty review the year-long Part II process, from application to case selection, information collection, and oral defense preparation.

According to Daniel Zelazny, MD, webinar director, “This webinar makes applicants aware of the extensive process that precedes the Part II exam, along with the various deadlines and requirements. In my opinion, participants develop a familiarity with the process that can significantly lower their stress level when preparing for the oral exam.”

In June, the AAOS One-Day Part II 2012 Board Certification Review Course can help boost confidence and sharpen presentations. This on-site preparation course, with intense faculty interaction, is offered on two dates for those taking the oral exam this year.

Dr. Zelazny describes the experience this way: “This course has its greatest value in the mock oral exam sessions. Participants present their actual ‘picked’ cases to the knowledgeable faculty. It’s a great opportunity to learn valuable presenting skills because the most routine, well-done case may be the most difficult one to present. More importantly, participants become aware of deficiencies in their case preparation and presentation. They also benefit greatly from the discussions regarding complications.”

The complete schedule of the upcoming AAOS resident review courses is listed in Table 1 and can also be found online at the AAOS CME Courses Calendar, www.aaos.org/courses

Bronwyn Barrera, MBA, is a manager in the AAOS marketing department. She can be reached at barrera@aaos.org