How to Prepare for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Certification Exam

by Adam Rosh, MD

The following is an interview with Dr. Marjan Ghazi Askar, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and a pediatric emergency medicine specialist who passed the pediatric emergency medicine certification exam!

Dr. Marjan Ghazi Askar

Q. When did you begin studying?  

A. Approximately 6 months before the exam, I started doing low-level studying which included reading textbooks and board review books and doing questions in a Qbank to identify where my knowledge gaps were.

Q. What were your key resources?

A. It is important to recognize that there is no right resource. Different resources will be effective for different people. My recommendation is to talk to colleagues who took the exam, read on-line reviews, and do searches to find top resources for the pediatric emergency medicine certification exam.

Q. What was surprising about the pediatric emergency medicine certification exam exam?

A. The questions and vignettes were not as in depth as I expected.

Q. Knowing what you know now, what would you do differently, if anything?

A. Questions, questions, and more questions. This is the key and what I believe helps lead to success for the pediatric emergency medicine certification exam.

Q. What are some specific tools or tactics you used to prepare for the exam?

A. When doing questions, I recorded the ones I answered incorrectly. I kept reviewing these and leading up to the exam. I did this over and over again. About 1 week before the exam, increase your focus on the content you’ve been getting wrong or are weakest in. If your Rosh Review score is at least 80%, you should be fine! And the night before the exam, relax! Go to bed early.

Q. How did you manage your studying while working?  

A. During my clinical shifts, I’d try and review topics that I recently studied at home. One of the most important strategies for me was knowing what to focus on. Rosh Review was the tool I used to identify my weakness and then I’d spend time focused on these areas. The pediatric emergency medicine certification exam involves understanding some pathophysiology, but focuses mostly on the diagnosis and management of acute emergencies. If you work with students or residents, try to focus your teaching on areas that are likely to appear on the exam.

If you are interested in trying a Qbank, here is free access to Rosh Review’s Pediatric Emergency Medicine Certification Exam Qbank.

Are looking for more strategies and techniques to crush your pediatric emergency medicine certification exam? Check out this tactic rich article on How to Increase Your Pediatric Emergency Medicine Certification Score by 10 points…which can be the difference between failing and passing!


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