Hit the books
New session will prepare residents for the dermatology board exam
U023 – Board Review: Work Smarter, Not Harder
Friday, March 17 | 4:30-5:30 p.m.
New Orleans Theater B
You can never be too prepared. That attitude and the new Friday session, “Board Review: Work Smarter, Not Harder,” could be just the ticket to prepare for the dermatology board exam.
Session director Sima Jain, MD, FAAD, an Orlando, Florida dermatologist and author of one of the most-read board review study guides, Dermatology: Illustrated Study Guide and Comprehensive Board Review, will lead attendees from the starting gate to the finish line. Specifically, the session will explore effective ways to prepare for the dermatology board exam, including reviewing questions and answers to help dermatology residents understand their strengths and weaknesses.
Preparing for your vocation beyond residency
“I want to show dermatology residents how to study better so it can translate into not only passing their board exam but will also allow them to be better dermatologists for the rest of their career,” Dr. Jain said. “The goal is to truly understand what they have studied instead of memorizing information for the exam. This entails understanding what they know and what they don’t know and improving on their weaknesses. Doing as many self-assessment questions as you can and looking at as many dermatology atlases are both great ways to study smarter.”
In addition to the study guide Dr. Jain authored, the session will review several other dermatology board review books as well as online question banks for self-assessment. Dr. Jain is currently working on a supplement to the third edition of Dermatology that includes over 300 questions and addresses topics important for the exam and the everyday practice of dermatology.
“I can show residents the ways to study for the exam that I believe are quite effective, including the do’s and don’ts of mnemonics and self-assessment questions.”
The AAD has curated an extensive list of resources for boards study at www.aad.org/education/residents/external. The AAD also has a large archive of Boards Fodder study charts at www.aad.org/boardsfodder.
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