No doubt about it, residents fear the American Board of Radiology (ABR) oral boards. The best way to handle anxiety over any test, presentation, or discussion is adequate preparation. Mastery over a subject clearly breeds confidence, and a confident test taker performs better than one who is timid…or at least is more convincing in the oral format. Similarly, “taking cases” is also a skill and should be fully mastered before going to Louisville (site of ABR exam).
So, to aid the senior residents this year, I have compiled a list of resources which are particularly useful for cardiopulmonary imaging board review:
Case Review (Thoracic): Arguably the gold standard of board review resources. The second edition was just released. This highly valuable text now also offers an on-line format. Cases have been selected by authors who are themselves board examiners and are generally representative of the types of cases shown in Louisville. Questions regarding each case are included, mimicking the interactive structure of the oral board exam.
Case Review (Cardiac): Succinct but highly valuable. The author is also a board examiner and has compiled an excellent collection of cases in cardiac imaging.
Thoracic Imaging: RadCases: A case-based book similar to Case Review. Discussion is organized consistently and bulleted, which increases efficiency. In addition to the 100 cases in the text, 150 additional online cases are included free of charge for one year after initial log-in.
StatDx: A valuable reference source and database of cases. Multiple examples of diseases are presented. These cases can be shown as unknown to others in group study.
ACR Case-in-point and Auntminnie.com:
Useful online resources once more structured case texts have been exhausted.
Cases are only loosely peer-reviewed; however, the images can be used in groups or individually to practice “taking cases.”