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How to Study for the Boards

Best Prep Practices Internal Medicine Boards, Pediatric Boards, Psychiatry Boards & More

Board exams are the culmination of your residency program. But no matter where you are along your medical educational journey, it’s never too early to think about how best to study for the boards. And there are many factors to consider. How much time should you devote to board prep? There could be tricks and shortcuts that work for you—but others that don’t. What about practice exams? Lippincott publishes a range of medical books to help. Explore books by specialty to finetune what you’re looking for fast.

Medical Board Preparedness Survey [Infographic]

When it comes to studying for a board exam, everybody’s different. What works for you might not work for somebody else. Do you like working by yourself or in a group? When are you planning to begin preparing for boards? We’ve polled other residents—representing various program stages and an assortment of specialties—on their exam experience and study habits to help you come up with your own plan for exam success.

Board Review Books By Specialty

Board Review Books By Specialty


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Featured Anesthesiology Titles

Anesthesia Review: 1000 Questions and Answers to Blast the BASICS and Ace the ADVANCED

Anesthesia Review: 1000 Questions and Answers to Blast the BASICS and Ace the ADVANCED

Sheri M. Berg MD

Published: July 31, 2018

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Anesthesia Review: Blasting the Boards

Anesthesia Review:
Blasting the Boards

Sheri Berg
Edward A. Bittner
Kevin H. Zhao

Published: April 6, 2016

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Aldeen and Rosenbaum's 1200 Questions to Help You Pass the Emergency Medicine Boards

Aldeen and Rosenbaum's 1200 Questions to Help You Pass the Emergency Medicine Boards

Amer Z. Aldeen
David H. Rosenbaum

Published: March 31, 2017

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The Family Medicine Board Review Book

The Family Medicine
Board Review Book

Robert A. Baldor

Published: January 23, 2018

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Fast Facts for the Family Medicine Board Review

Fast Facts for the Family
Medicine Board Review

Frank J. Domino

Published: August 4, 2017

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Featured Internal Medicine Titles

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Intensive Review of Internal Medicine

James K Stoller
Craig Nielson
Janet Buccola
Andrei Brateanu

Published: March 21, 2014

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Featured Neurology Titles

Practical Neurology Visual Review

José Biller
Alberto Espay

Published: April 29, 2013

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Comprehensive Review in Clinical Neurology

Esteban Cheng-Ching
Eric P. Baron
Lama Chahine
Alexander Rae-Grant

Published: August 4, 2016

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Featured Ophthalmalogy Titles

Ophthalmology Oral Board Review

Damien Luviano

Published: March 6, 2018

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Review Questions in Ophthalmology

Kenneth C. Chern
Michael A. Saidel

Published: December 29, 2014

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Ophthalmology Review Manual

Kenneth C. Chern
Michael A. Saidel

Published: September 20, 2011

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Featured Pathology Titles

Biopsy Interpretation of the Skin

Biopsy Interpretation of the Skin

A. Neil Crowson MD
Cynthia M. Magro MD

Published: March 20, 2018

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Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Board Review

Atif Ali Ahmed
Ronald M. Przgoodzki

Published: September 22, 2016

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Sternberg's Diagnostic Surgical Pathology Review

Pier Luigi Di Patre
Darryl Carter

Published: February 10, 2015

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Featured Pediatrics Titles

The Cleveland Clinic Intensive Review of Pediatrics

Camille Sabella
Robert J. Cunningham

Published: June 5, 2017

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Neonatology Case-Based Review

Dara Brodsky
Elizabeth G. Doherty

Published: June 5, 2014

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Featured Radiology Titles

Radiology Review Manual

Wolfgang F. Dahnert

Published: March 20, 2017

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Pediatric Imaging: A Core Review

Steven L. Blumer
David M. Biko
Safwan S. Halabi

Published: April 16, 2018

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Neuroradiology: A Core Review

Prachi Dubey
Sathish Kumar Dundamadappa
Daniel Ginat
Rafeeque Bhadelia
Gul Moonis

Published: January 23, 2018

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The ABSITE Review

Steven Fiser

Published: August 18, 2016

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The Surgical Review

Paige M. Porrett
Jeffrey A. Drebin
Pavan Afluri
Giorgos C. Karakousis
Robert E. Roses

Published: September 16, 2015

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