Wizard of OQ ↑Obviously, we are very biased to the questions on OphthoQuestions. These questions have been repeatedly modified, augmented, and critiqued for the past 7 years. There is a wealth of information in our question bank along with years worth of comments by other users. These two components make it an invaluable resource. There is a reason that >90% of residents and fellows use our website to prepare for their board exams.When I studied for my WQE, I did not re-read the BCSC series. I found them very dry and boring and hard to integrate information. I don't receive financial incentives from anyone, but when I was studying for the WQE, the best review books were:- "Review of Ophthalmology" (Neil Friedman) This is a great outline with all of the bullet points for all the high-yield topics on board exams.- "Last Minute Optics" (Connie West) This is basically all you need to understand the essential Optics problems that are on the boards. Trust me, I'm terrible at Optics and somehow did stellar just using this book.I would strongly discourage you from having too many textbooks from which to study. Doing so will overwhelm and lower your morale. Just do the questions here, read "Review of Ophthalmology", and work through the problems in "Last Minute Optics." I think that's the highest yield approach to passing your boards.
S.B.74 ↑Thank you for your advice. I am in the office/OR 4 days a week. So my approach this time was to study 8 hrs a day the 3 days that I am not working. I was going to use 3/4 or the time on ophthoquestions and 1/4 doing book review as you mentioned above on those segments that i identify as weak points from ophthoquestions. I have both books you mentioned so i will use those per your recommendation- if something is unclear i will seek out the information in other sources. Does that seem like a winning strategy? Any additional recommendations would be appreciated.Also i have to do the MOC submission of practice improvement to be able to take the test again - any recommendations in that would be appreciated as well.
Wizard of OQ ↑Can't you just do the "Quarterly Questions" for the MOC portion? That's what I'm doing. The MOC quarterly question are very clinical and easy.
S.B.74 ↑No. when you run out of time to take the boards - they have a new rule now. You need 3 letters of recommendation, 25 cme ( i have way more) , and you have to do a 3 month practice improvement project with a data analysis. No problem i will do all that.How about the first part of my question regarding 3/4 time spent on ophtho questions and 1/4 time spent on books like the ones you mentioned. I feel my problem with these tests is that i am a poor standardized test taker rather than a knowledge issue. do you know of any people or agencies that help in this regard? kind of like evaluation and tutoring in the testing arena? advice is quite appreciated.
Wizard of OQ ↑I think 2/3 time on OphthoQuestions and 1/3 of time on Friedman is a good approach. The same topics and question-types get tested over-and-over again. Many questions come in the form of "second order level of thinking." For example, they will show you a photograph. But instead of just asking you "What is the diagnosis?"...they will ask a 2nd-level-of-thinking question like "What is the preferred management of the entity depicted above?"I don't know of any agencies that offer the type of personalized tutoring that you are seeking. Like I mentioned before, if you get to the stage where you need help passing the oral boards, then I may offer you my services if you want. I say "may" because it does take a lot of time!
S.B.74 ↑do you think if i use primarily ophtho questions and quizlet and last minute optics it will get me the pass?- how important is friedman?
Guest ↑Hoping for some help here.I recently failed the WQE by about 2 questions (691, 700 req'd to pass), and I'm hoping to make a few tweaks to my studying to get over the hump. Generally a decent test taker, but never did great on OKAPs despite studying quite a lot. Our residency program was good surgically but very weak on didactics, lectures, etc.To study, I went through the Chern Q book, all of OQ HY questions, and maybe 60% of the non-HY. I scored about 70th percentile on OQ, so it was very frustrating to me that I didn't pass even though I was doing well on OQ. This has been the case with my OKAPs as well. I also read through some of the BCSC and used it as a reference for question review, etc. Did go through Friedman's with each section I was reviewing but did not re-read it extensively. Made flash cards (Anki) for things gotten wrong but felt I didn't have a ton of time to go back and review them.I am thinking of getting the Osler Online course just to have the combined video/audio and a guided study plan in the hopes it'll fill in the gaps for me. I like the idea of being able to come back to it multiple times over a 3 month period.Any other recommendations? This is very frustrating and a bit demoralizing as I really felt I gave it my best effort.
Wizard of OQ ↑What were your worst subjects? Optics?
Guest ↑The original post was not mine but I’m in a very similar situation, identical score. My score report said I scored poorly in 7/9 subjects basically everything except retina and uveitis.Struggled with time constraints due to fellowship and family so could not do heavy dedicated studying per se but really just all the review questions through OphthoQuestions and AAO qbanks.[font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]I personally think that I was doing well on questions probably because I had seen them before. I ended up just going back and doing questions I had gotten wrong - probably not a good strategy. My 50-60th percentile on OQ was probably falsely elevated and I had a false sense of confidence. [/font]Optics was one of my worst, yes, but clearly not the only one. I was definitely a user of Friedman, OQ, and Last Minute Optics but probably need a major change in my strategy this time around.A year from now to retest feels a long time a way but given that 3 months of questions in spare time (evenings/mornings/weekends mostly) was not enough, I was hoping for a good 1 year or 6 mos strategy. I am thinking that I need to go back to the basics on some of these topics, have a strict study schedule, etc.Any advice is much appreciated.