Board PreparationFrom 2008-2012, we have a 98% Board pass rate. This places us #5 in the country in terms of board pass rate, with our program being the largest of those 5.
In addition to exposure to a wide breadth and depth of patients and excellent teaching by our attendings and fellows, we also have several programs in place in our curriculum to help prepare for the Pediatric Boards:
Board Review Series: Starting in February, we have weekly lectures from attendings and fellows from every department, to go over Pearls and Tips for the Boards in their Specialty. Many of them write questions for the Boards and offer insight into the test itself. After the lecture, the Powerpoint is available on our residents’ home website.
Flash Cards: Every intern receives an iPad, and former Chiefs have created over 2,000 online flashcards. They are available to download as interns to review on specific rotations and are great for last minute review in the months after graduation before you take the Exam.
Question of the Day: Every morning before morning report, we do a PREP-like question. The intern and resident with the most correct answers in a 6 month period have the opportunity to go to lunch with Dr. Stagno, the Pediatrics Department Chair.
PREP: The Residency Department pays for your AAP membership while you are a resident which gives you access to at least three years of PREP questions. You are required to do a year’s worth of PREP questions every year of residency (270 questions per year). The journal Pediatrics and Peds-in-Review are both delivered on a monthly basis to all of our residents, which is a great source of review for basic pediatrics topics.
Noon Conference and Morning Report: as explained in the Daily Education Link (see sidebar).