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Free Sample (1 hour)

Sample: Endocrinology II Begin Presentation

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)
Test Taking Strategies

Test Taking Strategies Begin Presentation

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
Allergy and Immunology (1 hour)

Allergy and Immunology Begin Presentation

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
Cardiovascular (5 hours)

Cardiovascular Disease I Begin Presentation

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 management

Cardiovascular Disease II Begin Presentation

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)

Cardiovascular Disease III Begin Presentation

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)

Cardiovascular Disease IV Begin Presentation

Arrhythmias, heart block, and sudden cardiac death

  • Arrhythmia evaluation
  • Arrhythmia diagnosis (superventricular, ventricular)
  • Atrioventricular and bundle branch blocks
  • Sudden cardiac death

Cardiovascular Disease V Begin Presentation

Aortic disease, peripheral artery disease, and perioperative risk assessment

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

Critical Care I Begin Presentation

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

Critical Care II Begin Presentation

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)
Dermatology (3 hours)

Dermatology I Begin Presentation

  • Common skin infections (erysipelas, cellulitis, folliculitis, impetigo and ecthyma, dermatophytoses, tinea, candida, onychomycosis, herpes zoster/shingles)
  • Severe skin and soft tissue infections
  • Common rashes (pityriasis rosea, dermatitis)
  • Molluscum contagiosum
  • Warts (verruca vulgaris)
  • Scabies
  • Acneiform lesions

Dermatology II Begin Presentation

  • Psoriasis
  • Seborrheic keratosis
  • Skin cancer (actinic keratosis, squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, dysplastic nevi, melanoma)
  • Oral lesions (leukoplakia and erythroplakia)
  • Autoimmune blistering diseases
  • Calluses and corns
  • Acrochordon (skin tags)
  • Burns

Dermatology III Begin Presentation

  • Common rashes (erythema multiforme, cutaneous drug reactions)
  • Dermatologic signs of systemic disease
  • Porphyria cutanea tarda
  • Erythema nodosum
  • Pyoderma gangrenosum
  • Leukocytoclastic vasculitis
  • Acute cutaneous lupus
  • Subacute cutaneous lupus
  • Sweet syndrome
  • Skin eruptions
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • Drug reaction with eosinophilia and system symptoms (DRESS)
  • Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP)
Endocrinology (3 hours)

Endocrinology I Begin Presentation

Diabetes, hypoglycemia, and dyslipidemia

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

Endocrinology II Begin Presentation

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)

Endocrinology III Begin Presentation

Hypercalcemia, bone disorders, and adrenal diseases

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

Gastroenterology and Hepatology I Begin Presentation

Upper gastrointestinal tract, biliary, and pancreatic disorders

  • Dysphagia
  • Achalasia
  • Esophagitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Dyspepsia
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Malabsorbtion
  • Gastroparesis
  • Pancreatitis (acute, chronic, autoimmune)
  • Billary tract disease (gallstones, acute cholecystitis, cholangitis)

Gastroenterology and Hepatology II Begin Presentation

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

Gastroenterology and Hepatology III Begin Presentation

Lower gastrointestinal tract disorders, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal bleeding

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

General Internal Medicine I Begin Presentation

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

General Internal Medicine II Begin Presentation

Screening, immunizations, obesity, hypertension, and common symptoms

  • Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension (primary and secondary)
  • Syncope
  • Vertigo
  • Chronic cough
  • Pharyngitis

General Internal Medicine III Begin Presentation

Common ear, eye, 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

General Internal Medicine IV Begin Presentation

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)
Geriatrics (2 hours)

Geriatrics I Begin Presentation

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

Geriatrics II Begin Presentation

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)
Hematology (3 hours)

Hematology I Begin Presentation

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

Hematology II Begin Presentation

Thrombocytopenias, transfusion medicine, bleeding disorders, and thrombophilia

  • Immune thrombocytopenia
  • Thrombocytopenia of pregnancy
  • Thrombotic thrombocytopenic pupura
  • Heparin induced thrombocytopenia
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Disseminated intravascular coagulation
  • Hemophilia (A, B, acquired)
  • von Willebrnad disease
  • Transfusion medicine
  • Thrombophilia

Hematology III Begin Presentation

Hematologic malignancies and myeloproliferative disorders

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

Infectious Disease I Begin Presentation

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

Infectious Disease II Begin Presentation

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)

Infectious Disease III Begin Presentation

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)

Infectious Disease IV Begin Presentation

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, coccidomyosis)
  • Posttransplantation infections
Nephrology (3 hours)

Nephrology I Begin Presentation

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

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

Nephrology II Begin Presentation

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

Nephrology III Begin Presentation

Glomerular diseases, tubulointerstitial diseases, and hematuria

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

Neurology I Begin Presentation

Stroke, movement disorders, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

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

Neurology II Begin Presentation

Demyelinating disorders, headache, and seizures

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

Neurology III Begin Presentation

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
Oncology (3 hours)

Oncology I Begin Presentation

Gender-specific cancers, bladder and colorectal cancer

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

Oncology II Begin Presentation

Gastrointestinal malignancies, lung, kidney, and thyroid cancers

  • Heptacellular carcinoma
  • Gastric cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Renal cell cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Lymphoma (Hodgkin, non-Hodgkin)

Oncology III Begin Presentation

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
Psychiatry (1 hour)

Psychiatry Begin Presentation

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 defecit hyperactivity disorder
Pulmonary (2 hours)

Pulmonary I Begin Presentation

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

Pulmonary II Begin Presentation

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)
Rheumatology (3 hours)

Rheumatology I Begin Presentation

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

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

Rheumatology II Begin Presentation

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

Rheumatology III Begin Presentation

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 bursistis)
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Familial Mediterranean fever
  • Adult onset Still disease
Womens Health (2 hours)

Womens Health I Begin Presentation

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

Womens Health II Begin Presentation

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

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