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ACP Board Prep Curriculum

Free Sample (1 hour)
Sample: Endocrinology II

Thyroid and pituitary disorders, multiple endocrine neoplasia, and hypercalcemia

  • Thyrotoxicosis (thyroiditis, Graves disease)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Diabetes insipidus
  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia
  • Hypercalcemia (hyperparathyroidism, malignancy)
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Test Taking Strategies
Test Taking Strategies

About the examination, what to expect on examination day, and strategies for taking the test

  • What to expect on examination day
  • Board examination composition
  • Examination scoring and passing threshold
  • About multiple choice questions
  • Test taking strategies
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Allergy and Immunology (1 hour)
Allergy and Immunology

Allergies, immune deficiencies, and immune disorders

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Common variable immunodeficiency
  • Terminal complement component deficiency
  • Urticaria
  • Angioedema
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Food allergy
  • Drug allergy
  • Graft versus host disease
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Cardiovascular (5 hours)
Cardiovascular Disease I

Chronic stable angina, coronay artery disease, and acute coronary syndrome (ACS)

  • Chronic stable angina diagnosis
  • Chronic stable angina therapy
  • ACS diagnosis
  • ACS initial medical therapy
  • ACS risk stratification
  • ACS reperfusion therapy
  • ACS right ventricular infarction
  • ACS early complications
  • ACS late complications
  • ACS long-term medical management
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Cardiovascular Disease II

Heart failure, cardiomyopathy, and pericardial disease

  • Heart failure evaluation
  • Systolic heart failure therapy
  • Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction
  • Cardiomyopathy evaluation
  • Cardiomyopathy management (dilated, hypertrophic, peripartum, restrictive)
  • Pericardial disease (pericarditis, constrictive pericarditis, tamponade)
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Cardiovascular Disease III

Heart murmurs, valvular disease, and septal defects

  • Heart murmur diagnosis
  • Aortic valve disease
  • Mitral valve disease
  • Tricuspid valve disease
  • Rheumatic heart disease
  • Valve repair and replacement
  • Anticoagulation for mechanical heart valves
  • Septal defects (atrial, ventricular)
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Cardiovascular Disease IV

Arrhythmias, heart block, and sudden cardiac death

  • Arrhythmia evaluation
  • Arrhythmia diagnosis (supraventricular, ventricular)
  • Atrioventricular and bundle branch blocks
  • Sudden cardiac death
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Cardiovascular Disease V

Aortic disease, peripheral artery disease, and perioperative risk assessment

  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Aortic dissection
  • Aortic aneurysm (thoracic and abdominal)
  • Peripheral artery disease (acute, chronic)
  • Perioperative risk assessment
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Critical Care (2 hours)
Critical Care I

Ventilation, principles of intensive care management, and systemic inflammatory response and sepsis syndromes

  • Non-invasive ventilation
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Ventilator-acquired pneumonia
  • Sedation
  • Transfusion
  • Nutrition
  • Systemic inflammatory response and sepsis syndromes
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Critical Care II

Adult respiratory distress syndrome and other common disorders in the intensive care unit

  • Adult respiratory distress syndrome
  • Toxic shock syndrome
  • Hypertensive emergency
  • Disorders of temperature regulation (heat stroke, malignant hyperthermia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, serotonin syndrome, hypothermia)
  • Ingestion/overdose
  • Poisoning (carbon monoxide, organophosphate)
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Dermatology (2 hours)
Dermatology I

Common bacterial, fungal, and viral infections, common rashes, psoriasis, and blistering skin diseases

  • Common bacterial skin infections (cellulitis, folliculitis, impetigo, erysipelas)
  • Common fungal skin and nail infections (tinea, candida, onychomycosis)
  • Common viral skin infections (zoster, molluscum, verrucae)
  • Infestations (scabies, Leishmaniasis)
  • Common rashes (dermatitis, pityriasis)
  • Acneiform lesions (acne vulgaris, rosacea, perioral)
  • Psoriasis
  • Oral lesions (leukoplakia)
  • Autoimmune blistering diseases (pemphigus, pemphigoid)
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Dermatology II

Common skin lesions, skin cancer, drug eruptions, and cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease

  • Common skin lesions (actinic and seborrheic keratosis, erythema multiforme)
  • Skin cancer (basal, squamous, melanoma)
  • Cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease (vasculitis, porphyria cutanea tarda, lupus, erythema nodosum, pyoderma gangrenosum, dermatitis herpetiformis, Sweet syndrome)
  • Cutaneous drug eruptions
  • Systemic drug-related syndromes (Stevens-Johnson/toxic epidermal necrolysis, drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS))
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Endocrinology (3 hours)
Endocrinology I

Diabetes, hypoglycemia, and dyslipidemia

  • Diabetes mellitus (types 1 and 2)
  • Hyperosmolar syndrome
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Hospital management of diabetes
  • Hypoglycemia syndromes
  • Dyslipidemia
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Endocrinology II

Thyroid and pituitary disorders, multiple endocrine neoplasia, and hypercalcemia

  • Thyrotoxicosis (thyroiditis, Graves disease)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Diabetes insipidus
  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia
  • Hypercalcemia (hyperparathyroidism, malignancy)
Begin Presentation
Endocrinology III

Hypocalcemia, bone disorders, and adrenal diseases

  • Hypocalcemia
  • Metabolic bone disorders (osteomalacia, Paget disease)
  • Hypercortisolism (Cushing syndrome)
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Incidental adrenal masses
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Hyperaldosteronism
  • Amenorrhea, secondary
  • Hypercortisolism
  • Male hypogonadism
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Gastroenterology and Hepatology (3 hours)
Gastroenterology and Hepatology I

Upper gastrointestinal tract, biliary, and pancreatic disorders

  • Dysphagia
  • Achalasia
  • Esophagitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Dyspepsia
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Malabsorption
  • Gastroparesis
  • Pancreatitis (acute, chronic, autoimmune)
  • Biliary tract disease (gallstones, acute cholecystitis, cholangitis)
Begin Presentation
Gastroenterology and Hepatology II

Liver and biliary tract disease

  • Hepatitis (A, B, C, alcoholic, autoimmune)
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Sclerosing cholangitis
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Acute liver injury and failure
  • Cirrhosis
  • Hepatorenal syndrome
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Gastroenterology and Hepatology III

Lower gastrointestinal tract disorders, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal bleeding

  • Pregnancy related liver disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, Crohn disease)
  • Diverticulitis
  • Mesenteric ischemia (acute and chronic)
  • Colonic ischemia
  • Diarrhea (acute and chronic)
  • Clostridium difficile
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding (upper, lower, obscure)
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General Internal Medicine (4 hours)
General Internal Medicine I

Biostatistics and smoking cessation

  • Test characteristics (sensitivity, specificity, predictive values)
  • Receiver operating curve
  • Likelihood ratios
  • Measures of risk (absolute, relative, odds ratios)
  • Numbers needed
  • Confidence intervals
  • Type 1 and type 2 error
  • Funnel plot
  • Smoking cessation
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General Internal Medicine II

Screening, immunizations, obesity, hypertension, and common symptoms

  • Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension (primary and secondary)
  • Syncope
  • Vertigo
  • Chronic cough
  • Pharyngitis
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General Internal Medicine III

Common eye, ear, and nasal disorders

  • Sinusitis
  • Otitis (media, externa)
  • Red eye
  • Conjunctivitis (allergic, bacterial, viral)
  • Herpes zoster ophthalmicus
  • Scleritis and episcleritis
  • Corneal conditions
  • Iritis
  • Central retinal artery occlusion
  • Glaucoma (open and closed angle)
  • Retinal and optic nerve diseases
Begin Presentation
General Internal Medicine IV

Chronic fatigue, male genitourinary disorders, patient safety, and professionalism

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Prostate disorders (benign prostatic hypertrophy, prostatitis)
  • Male sexual dysfunction
  • Scrotal pain (epididymitis, torsion)
  • Patient safety
  • Informed consent and decisional capacity
  • Medical professionalism (medical error disclosure, physician impairment)
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Geriatrics (2 hours)
Geriatrics I

Geriatric assessment, physiology of aging, pharmacology, sensory changes, falls, and incontinence

  • Geriatric assessment
  • Physiology of aging
  • Geriatric pharmacology
  • Visual impairment
  • Hearing loss
  • Falls
  • Urinary incontinence
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Geriatrics II

Pressure ulcers, weight loss, disorders of cognition, advanced directives, driving evaluation, and geriatric skin conditions

  • Pressure ulcers
  • Involuntary weight loss
  • Mild cognitive impairment and dementia
  • Delirium
  • Decisional capacity
  • Advanced directives
  • Geriatric driving evaluation
  • Age-related skin conditions (seborrheic keratosis, solar lentigines and purpura, xerotic eczema)
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Hematology (3 hours)
Hematology I

Anemias and hemoglobinopathies

  • Aplastic anemia
  • Red cell aplasia
  • Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria
  • Large granular lymphocytosis
  • Anemia (microcytic, normocytic, and macrocytic)
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Thalassemia
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Hematology II

Thrombocytopenias, transfusion medicine, bleeding disorders, and thrombophilia

  • Immune thrombocytopenia
  • Thrombocytopenia of pregnancy
  • Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura
  • Heparin induced thrombocytopenia
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Disseminated Intravascular coagulation
  • Hemophilia (A, B, acquired)
  • von Willebrand disease
  • Transfusion medicine
  • Thrombophilia
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Hematology III

Hematologic malignancies and myeloproliferative disorders

  • Multiple myeloma
  • Chronic myeloid leukemia
  • Essential thrombocythemia
  • Polycythemia vera
  • Myelofibrosis
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • Hairy cell leukemia
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Acute promyelocytic leukemia
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Infectious Disease (4 hours)
Infectious Disease I

Fever, hospital acquired infections, bioterrorism, and pneumonia

  • Fever and fever of unknown origin
  • Hospital-acquired infections (HAP, VAP, CAUTI, CLABSI, surgical site infections, C. difficile)
  • Bioterrorism (anthrax, smallpox, plague, botulism, tularemia)
  • Pneumonia
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Infectious Disease II

Endocarditis, tuberculosis, tick borne diseases, and travel related infections

  • Endocarditis (including prophylaxis)
  • Tuberculosis
  • Tick borne diseases (rocky mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis)
  • Travel medicine (malaria, typhoid, dengue, travellers' diarrhea, leptospirosis)
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Infectious Disease III

Common viral, central nervous system, and sexually transmitted infections

  • Influenza
  • Epstein-Barr virus infection
  • Varicella-Zoster virus infection
  • Herpes simplex virus infections
  • Central nervous system infection (meningitis, encephalitis)
  • Sexually transmitted infections (chlamydia, gonococcus, syphilis, genital ulcers)
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Infectious Disease IV

Osteomyelitis, urinary tract infection, HIV infection, mycotic infections, and infections in immunosuppressed patients

  • Osteomyelitis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • HIV infection/AIDS
  • Mycotic infections (candida, aspergillus, cryptococcus, coccidiomycosis)
  • Posttransplantation infections
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Nephrology (3 hours)
Nephrology I

Assessment of kidney function, acid-base disorders, and fluid and electrolyte disorders

  • Assessment of kidney function
  • Urinalysis
  • Acid-base disorders (primary, secondary, mixed)
  • Renal tubular acidosis
  • Hyponatremia
  • Hypernatremia
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Hypokalemia
  • Hypomagnesemia
  • Hypophosphatemia
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Nephrology II

Acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, end stage kidney disease, nephrolithiasis, and polycystic kidney disease

  • Acute kidney injury
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Renal osteodystrophy
  • Renal replacement therapy
  • Renal transplantation
  • Nephrolithiasis
  • Polycystic kidney disease
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Nephrology III

Glomerular diseases, tubulointerstitial diseases, and hematuria

  • Glomerulonephritic syndromes
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Nephritic syndrome
  • Pulmonary/renal syndromes
  • Renal/dermal syndromes
  • Tubulointerstitial disease
  • Hematuria
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Neurology (3 hours)
Neurology I

Stroke, movement disorders, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

  • Ischemic stroke
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Movement disorders (Parkinson disease, tremor)
  • Compression myelopathy
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
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Neurology II

Demyelinating disorders, headache, and seizures

  • Demyelinating disorders (multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis)
  • Headache (migraine, tension, cluster, medication overuse)
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Seizure disorders
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Neurology III

Myasthenia gravis, peripheral neuropathy, central nervous system neoplasia, coma, and brain death

  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Lambert-Eaton Syndrome
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • CNS metastatic disease
  • Primary brain tumors
  • Coma
  • Brain death
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Oncology (3 hours)
Oncology I

Gender-specific cancers, bladder and colorectal cancer

  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
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Oncology II

Gastrointestinal malignancies, lung, kidney, and thyroid cancers

  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Gastric cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Renal cell cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Lymphoma (Hodgkin, non-Hodgkin)
Begin Presentation
Oncology III

Bladder, cancer of unknown primary, cancer complications, and complications of cancer treatment

  • Cancer of unknown primary
  • Cancer-associated infections
  • Neutropenic fever
  • Cancer emergencies (hypercalcemia, spinal compression, superior vena cava syndrome)
  • Tumor lysis syndrome
  • Adverse effects of cancer treatment (short and long term)
  • Palliative care
  • Hospice care
  • Pain control
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Psychiatry (1 hour)

Substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and personality disorders, schizophrenia, somatoform, and attention deficit disorders

  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Eating disorders (bulemia and anorexia)
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Somatoform disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
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Pulmonary (2 hours)
Pulmonary I

Pulmonary function testing, obstructive lung diseases, pleural diseases, and sleep disorders

  • Pulmonary function testing and interpretation
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Pleural disease
  • Pneumothorax
  • Sleep disorders
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Pulmonary II

Pulmonary nodules, hemoptysis, parenchymal lung disease, perioperative pulmonary management, and pulmonary vascular disease

  • Pulmonary nodules
  • Hemoptysis
  • Parenchymal lung disease (sarcoidosis, pulmonary fibrosis, asbestosis)
  • Altitude related sickness
  • Perioperative pulmonary management
  • Pulmonary vascular disease (pulmonary embolism, pulmonary hypertension)
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Rheumatology (3 hours)
Rheumatology I

Infectious arthritis, Lyme arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and spondyloarthritis

  • Infectious arthritis
  • Lyme arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis (primary and secondary)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sjögren syndrome
  • Spondyloarthritis (ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic, reactive, enteric)
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Rheumatology II

Crystalline arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, inflammatory myopathies, vasculitis, and rheumatologic serologic studies

  • Gout
  • Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Systemic sclerosis
  • Inflammatory myopathy (polymyositis, dermatomyositis)
  • Vasculitis (small, medium, large vessel)
  • Relapsing polychondritis
  • Rheumatologic serologic studies
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Rheumatology III

Joint pain, fibromyalgia, and other pain syndromes

  • Elbow pain (olecranon bursitis, epicondylitis)
  • Low back pain (nonspecific, spinal stenosis, disc herniation, cauda equina syndrome)
  • Knee pain (patellofemoral, anserine bursitis, iliotibial band syndrome, tendon and ligament injuries)
  • Meralgia paresthetica
  • Hip pain
  • Ankle injuries
  • Foot pain (plantar fasciitis, Morton neuroma)
  • Hand and wrist pain (carpal tunnel syndrome, deQuervain)
  • Shoulder pain (rotator cuff, subacromial bursitis)
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Familial Mediterranean fever
  • Adult onset Still disease
Begin Presentation
Womens Health (2 hours)
Womens Health I

Cancer screening, sexually transmitted infections, amenorrhea, infertility, and abnormal uterine bleeding

  • Cervical cancer screening
  • Breast cancer screening
  • Breast lump evaluation
  • Vulvovaginal disorders
  • Genital herpes
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Amenorrhea (primary and secondary)
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Infertility
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
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Womens Health II

Menstrual and endometrial disorders, osteoporosis, contraception, and medical issues in pregnancy

  • Premenstrual syndromes
  • Menopause
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Endometriosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Contraception
  • Medical issues in pregnancy
Begin Presentation

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