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Preparing for the ABR Diagnostic Exam

S Becker

S Leng

M Supanich

S Becker1*, S Leng2*, M Supanich3*, (1) NYU Medical Center, New York, NY, (2) Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, (3) Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI

WE-C-105-1 Wednesday 10:30AM - 12:30PM Room: 105

Preparing for all three parts of the Diagnostic ABR Physics boards is more than just studying as much material as possible. There will always be material that is missed and gaps in one's knowledge. Therefore it is crucial to understand how the materials relate to each other and to clinical experiences in order to fill those gaps.

Each part of the board exam presents its own difficulties:
Part I: Determining what material to study, most of which might have been learned a long time ago.
Part II: Memorizing how all types of imaging devices work, how their techniques affect images, and the doses delivered by them.
Part III: Gaining crucial clinical experiences and being able to explain orally how they are performed and what they mean.

All three require different skill sets and preparation, from memorizing vast amounts of material, to rapidly recognizing and solving calculations, to being able to easily and confidently respond to oral questions about all aspects of working in the clinic and why those clinical methods and procedures are performed that way. This symposium is not a comprehensive review of all required study material. Instead it focuses on the previously mentioned problems and required skill sets that are needed for each part of the board exam. Expert Medical Physicists and Medical Faculty will share their experiences and methods to help students best prepare for the challenges of each individual exam along with helping students cope with the anxiety of the exam process.

Learning Objectives:
1. How to Prepare for Part 1 by determining study material
2. How to Prepare for Part 2 by learning to solve clinical calculations rapidly
3. How to Prepare for Part 3 by determining critical clinical experiences and learning how to answer questions orally

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