Author: Amanda Xi MD
blog.amandaxi.com August 17, 2022
I took my anesthesia critical care medicine board examination on October 9, 2021 – a significant delay from my graduation from my fellowship in June 2020 because of pandemic restrictions. It was a different experience studying for this exam because I was working as an attending at that point and this board exam doesn’t have as “straightforward” of resources to use [e.g. BASIC/ADVANCED/ITE = TrueLearn + review book]. Also, it feels weird to have to study for yet another exam when you’re finally DONE with training.
Anyway, in the video above, I go over the format of the exam [200 questions, 4 hours… same formula as always], one big surprise I noticed about this exam, and the resources I *attempted* to use to study.
Some important documents directly from the ABA website:
▸ Content outline: https://theaba.org/pdfs/CCM_Content_Outline.pdf
▸ Blueprint: https://theaba.org/pdfs/CCM_Blueprint.pdf
▸ Sample questions: https://theaba.org/pdfs/CCM_Questions.pdf
The resources I used [all question banks, essentially]:
▸ Critical care medicine review 1000 questions and answers: https://amzn.to/3QCHdbB (~$100)
▸ SCCM review – Self-Assessment Adult Multiprofessional Critical Care (227 questions) ($225-280) https://www.sccm.org/Education-Center/Educational-Programming/Multiprofessional-Critical-Care-Review/Multiprofessional-Critical-Care-Review-Adult/Multiprofessional-Critical-Care-Review-Adult-Reso
▸ CHEST SEEK critical care medicine collection (470+ Questions) ($439-699)
As I alluded to earlier, this felt like a weird exam to study for, but I found some questions and somehow got through it. I’m glad to be done with the board certification process!
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