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Advice for Board Exams: Don’t Get Derailed by Mystery Clues

I see it all the time — a client will read the prompt and vignette for a board exam question, and as they do, they’ll notice one, two, three, or even four clues that they recognize and have associations with. It seems like everything’s going well. But then — the Mystery Clue appears! So, here’s some of my best advice for board exams: let the mystery be.

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On the STATMed Podcast: 13 Test-Taking Mistakes Med Students and Doctors Make

Over the past decade, we’ve seen the students and physicians we work with make a lot of mistakes on tests. But we’ve come to realize that the types of mistakes they make are surprisingly consistent. So much so, in fact, that we’ve been able to identify 13 common errors medical students and doctors make that cause them to miss points on board exams and other tests.

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Have you Failed the Boards?

Have you failed the boards? You’re not alone. Even super-smart med students and doctors often struggle with these tests. In short, bad test-taking is a thing.