Top 9 Questions About OB/GYN Qbanks and Exam Prep

August 17, 2020
Researching the best OB/GYN exam study tips and board review methods can be overwhelming. Rather than doing the time-intensive search yourself, you’ll find the answers to common questions here. This post will help clarify what types of study options exist, which one(s) are right for you, and what you need to know to prepare for the ABOG Qualifying Exam, the CREOG, and the OB/GYN shelf exam. Is there a question you’d like to see here? Let us know and we’ll get the answer for you.

What is an OB/GYN Qbank?

A question bank (Qbank for short) is a database of multiple-choice questions that helps you learn about specific topics—both to help you prepare for your exam and to help you learn for medical practice. These questions are in the same format as the ones you’ll see on the actual exam (for example, no “All of the following except…” no “Which of these is incorrect?”) and should cover the topics included on the exam. 

The point of a Qbank is to help you simultaneously learn about each topic and practice for an exam so you can figure out your weak points. To help with this, the Rosh Review Qbank includes detailed explanations with every question, including why the correct answer is correct and—just as importantly—why the incorrect answers are incorrect. These explanations also include related teaching images that distill the important information. And as a bonus, each Rosh Review Qbank question includes a One Step Further question: a short, fact-based question and answer related to the main topic. So every question in the Rosh Review Qbank is actually two questions to help further cement your understanding.

Should I use a Qbank?

There are many ways to study for the exam, such as live courses, self-directed study, and Qbanks. You need to choose the option that’s best for you. We’re a Qbank company, so we (not surprisingly) think Qbanks are an excellent way to prepare for your test, but we know they’re not for everyone. The article How to Select the Best OB/GYN Board Review Qbank will help you answer these questions:

  1. Do I need to use a Qbank?
  2. What criteria should I use to make a decision?
Which OB/GYN Qbanks and resources should I compare?

If you don’t have the time to read through the “How to Select a Qbank” article but know you’re interested in a Qbank or other online learning resource, these are the companies we suggest trying. Compare them by signing up for a free trial and see which one is right for you:

  • BoardVitals
  • Dr. Wall’s Board Prep
  • PROLOG Resources
  • Rosh Review
  • TrueLearn
  • uWISE
How do I study for the ABOG Qualifying (Written) Exam with a Qbank?

This detailed article about How to Boost your CREOG or ABOG Qualifying Exam Score includes our favorite study tips. Spoiler alert: you should target your “unknown unknowns.” Here’s how you do that:

  • Answer a question from a Qbank
  • If you answer incorrectly, read the explanation
  • Take notes about why the correct answer is correct, and make sure to take notes on anything in the explanation that you didn’t already know

If you do this for every question you answer incorrectly, and if you regularly review your notes and add information to topics as you do more questions, you’ll eventually determine your unknown unknowns. In return, you’ll uncover most of your blind spots that questions on the board exam can ask about. 

The “How to Boost Your Score” article also includes day-of tips like which grammatical mistakes to keep an eye out for to help you narrow down answer choices. Our goal is to help you succeed, so read as many of these tips as you can before exam day. And if you have specific questions about the Qualifying Exam, we cover those in How to Prepare for the ABOG Qualifying Exam.

How do I study for the CREOG with a Qbank?

In addition to finding your unknown unknowns, one of our OB/GYN question writers has outlined her four dos and don’ts of CREOG studying in How to Prepare for the CREOG. Here’s a peek at these strategies:

  • DO: learn from your patients, break up your studying, use lots of resources, and answer lots of practice questions
  • DON’T: try to read every night, cram the night before, rely on others to teach you, or forget to review tough topics
How do I study for the OB/GYN shelf exam?

The OB/GYN shelf exam contains unique content that isn’t found on other shelf exams, so it can seem overwhelming. We have you covered with the best podcasts and online resources to use and high-yield study tips from current residents who crushed their OB/GYN shelf exam in med school.

What happens if I fail the ABOG Qualifying Exam?

Life happens. Between practicing medicine, studying for the boards, having a personal life, and dealing with a global pandemic, there is always the possibility that you might not pass the exam. We believe in you, which is why your subscription comes with a pass guarantee: your subscription is extended for free until you pass your exam. Even if you didn’t use Rosh Review before taking your exam and you didn’t pass, you get a complimentary subscription until you succeed. We’re here to stand with you throughout your career—not just sell you a product and move on.

How do I get a discount on Rosh Review?

If you’re part of a group purchase or program purchase, you’ll receive a discount based on the number of people in your group or program. Discounts are also available for active military and to attendees of certain conferences. Otherwise, we do not provide individual discounts. We believe in what we offer, and we strive to continually elevate our Qbanks rather than racing to the bottom with constant discounts. You can read about Rosh Review’s Discounts, Promo Codes, and Coupons for more details.

Are Qbanks worth the money?

Depends on who you ask! Some people do better with live courses, while some swear they wouldn’t have passed their exam without a Qbank and that the cost was reasonable and well worth it. Your best bet is to try a free trial and determine what’s right for you. And if you choose Rosh Review, we’ll be with you every step of your career.

By Charmian Lewis, MD

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