As of 2010, we have a 98% pass rate with for the last three years. This places us #5 in the country in terms of board pass rate with the most graduates passing among those five programs.
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:
Noon Conference: This is explained more on another page, but it addresses the Board Specifications specifically in an 18 month curriculum. The chief's hold pagers during conference to make sure you can focus.
Board Review Series: Starting in February, we have attendings and fellows from every department go over Pearls and Tips for the Boards in their Specialty every week. Many of them write questions for the Exam and offer insight into the test itself. After the lecture, the powerpoint is available on a Google Board Review Site along with associated flash cards that you can access after graduation in the months leading up to the exam.
Flash Cards: Every intern receives an Ipod touch and the Chiefs have created over 2,000 flashcards from information in Laughing your Way to the Boards, the Board Review Series Lectures, and PREP. 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 (some pulled from PREP itself) to introduce the noon conference lecture. The intern and resident that answer the most right in a 6 month period go to lunch with Dr. Stagno, our pediatric chair.
PREP: The Department pays for your AAP membership while you are a resident which gives you access to three years of PREP. You are required to do one year of PREP questions (256) in one year to make sure you keep that way of thinking and review of information fresh in your mind. You also have Peds-in-Review delivered to your home which is a great source of review for basic pediatrics topics.