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The boards is the most feared exam. After all, in order to become certified, this is a necessary obstacle.

If you’re a practicing clinician, then it’s equally important to keep practicing.

Most of you are also in debt which means you can’t afford not to pass.

You need to get into clinical practice, so that you can pay off your loans and finally start living the dream you’ve worked so hard to achieve.

Your life can finally start after this exam.

Whether you're looking to pass the boards for the first time, or recertifying, studying for your exam is an overwhelming task. 

Many students and clinicians get caught up in the nuances of medicine. So, when it comes time to take the exam, they end up seeing nothing they studied for...

Unfortunately, we've seen this happen all too often. 

Students end up spending all this time learning specific things that statistacally are unlikely to be on their next exam. 

That is the exact reason we created our "High Yield Immerson Strategy", to ensure you have a solid foundation when it comes time to pass your boards.

Let's put this another way.

If you’re a PA studying for the PANCE, then I’m sure you’ve taken a look at the blueprint. 

But, if not let me do a quick breakdown.

 

You’ll see there are 542 topics you’re expected to know..but your exam is only 300 questions.

 

This means they can’t even ask 1 question for every topic listed on the blueprint.

The numbers will vary based on your exam...but the concept is the same.

Based on this statistic alone, you are undoubtedly studying things that just don’t matter.

You’re studying things that aren’t high yield and studying things that won’t be on the exam.

And, I’m not just referring to disease topics...I’m also referring to the naunces found within each disease process. There are things that will simply be beyond your scope…

The problem? As a student, everything seems important!

We get countless of emails from students who are unsure how far they need to dig.

Remember, you need to pass the exam first.

So, what should you focus on?

 

High yield pearls, triads, classic presentations

 

Charcot’s triad, Virchow’s triad, Christmas tree pattern, Koplick spots.

Ahh yes, we all remember these from our lectures and textbooks.

Classic presentations are extremely important to know—that includes epidemiology (e.g. age, gender) as well as characteristic signs and symptoms.

Triads or common descriptors help organize the material nicely to ease learning.

The exam must give you something pertinent to make the diagnosis.

The only way to do this is to give you associations, classic presentations, and triads.

This is where exams differ from the real world.

Learn these, because it would be unfair to test you on unusual presentations and/or on uncommon scenarios.

Let’s go over an example:

 

A 22 year old male presents to your primary care office with a rash noted on the penis. He denies pain, pruritis, discharge, or dysuria. He also states he is sexually active with multiple sex partners. On examination you notice an ulcer.

What is the treatment of choice?

 

This is describing a classic presentation of syphilis.

But, this question is not only asking you to come up with the most likely diagnosis, but is also asking you to know the stage of syphilis this patient has, and finally the first line treatment.

Penicillin G is the treatment of choice for all stages of syphilis.

Doxycycline, ceftriaxone, and amoxicillin are considered second line therapies for early syphilis.

 

On exams, syphilis always presents with a painless genital ulcer.

But, guess what? In clinical practice, the ulcer can be painful.

 

Again, here lies the difference between exams and real life; you will never see syphilis present this way on your exam… because it would be unfair.

But, should you learn every presentation when you’re goal is to pass the boards?

Probably not.

Unless you’ve learned the high yield presentations for the hundreds of diseases bound to be on the exam.

 

Exams are easy

 

In real life, anything can be anything.

Guidelines aren’t always clear.

Things are subjective and everything varies based on a case by case basis.

But, on your exam, everything is clear cut.

There is only one correct answer.

Students and clinicians often have a difficult time choosing the best treatment plan.

Why?

Because they are learning from multiple resources, which means it's often difficult to decipher what to do.

But, I have good news: exams are easy, because there will always be one best answer.

There might be a few answer choices which seem correct, but not in the specific scenario you're being presented.

If you see two "correct" answers...

...then look for a contraindication and/or an exception to the rule.

There will always be one.

 

Let's go through an example:

 

A 5 year old male is coming into the ED complaining of fever and abdominal pain. As you examine the patient further, you notice a rash over the palms, soles, and abdomen. The patient also recalls being bit by a tick a few days prior. What is the treatment of choice for this patient?

 

a. Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole

b. Amoxicillin

c. Doxycycline

d. Clindamycin

e. Azithromycin

 

The most common wrong answer is amoxicillin.

This is because students mistake this for lyme disease and/or because they think doxycycline is contraindicated in children.

But, the correct answer here is in fact doxycycline.

The correct diagnosis is rocky mountain spotted fever and doxycycline is the only treatment for this disease (with the exception of chloramphenicol which has it's restrictions).

The benefit of doxycycline (saving the patients life) far outweighs the risk (tooth discoloration) which is why it's the correct answer.

This is why you have to know contraindications and the exceptions to the contraindications when taking your exam.

But, does this mean you need to know them all?

Nope, just the high yield contraindications and exceptions.

 

This is what we spend a lot of our time teaching our students.

This not only allows them to pass their boards, but it helps build a solid foundation come time for practice

Here's what a few of our students have to say:

Awesome Board Review!

Katie Cartwright


I just wanted to let you know that your review course is awesome! I just took my boards for the second recert since graduating from PA school in 2006. I am a terrible test taker and do not look forward to them at all!!! I listened to your review lectures in my car (30 minute commute) to work morning...

I just wanted to let you know that your review course is awesome! I just took my boards for the second recert since graduating from PA school in 2006. I am a terrible test taker and do not look forward to them at all!!! I listened to your review lectures in my car (30 minute commute) to work morning and night for a month. I listened to a few topics more than once:-) I took the test last week and got my results today. A PASS with the highest score I have ever gotten. Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!

Thank You!!

Mohamed kishori


Hey Andrew just want to give a big thank you to you. I just took what I believed to be my last PANRE in April 21,2017. I got my results 5 days later and PASSED!! With a score not what I was expecting. I have been a PA practicing for nearly 33 years (mostly in a subspecialty). I purchased your cours...

Hey Andrew just want to give a big thank you to you. I just took what I believed to be my last PANRE in April 21,2017. I got my results 5 days later and PASSED!! With a score not what I was expecting. I have been a PA practicing for nearly 33 years (mostly in a subspecialty). I purchased your course with only one month to prepare. I must say, the videos are to the point, enough to do well on the PANRE. Great refresher too...those buzz words I saw them all over the exam. That medicine cheat sheet was the best! I really believed it zoomed me to my success.

Definitely worth the purchase

Melanie Montanez


I'm in my didactic portion of my PA program, and if any students are wondering if this course has it's primary use for the boards, I'd disagree. This course is great for studying for Clinical Medicine exams during the didactic phase. The videos and audio (combined with the notes as a downloadable PD...

I'm in my didactic portion of my PA program, and if any students are wondering if this course has it's primary use for the boards, I'd disagree. This course is great for studying for Clinical Medicine exams during the didactic phase. The videos and audio (combined with the notes as a downloadable PDF) were certainly very helpful to help with retention and understanding. As I move into the clinical portion of my program, I intend to continue using this review course (paired with the wonderful pharmacology review course that I purchased as a bundled deal earlier in the year) to further gear my retention of material that I am either currently studying for one rotation, as well as other material sections as well.

Material wise, availability for technical issues and questions in general, the new dashboard, and app on Google Play is a definite 5 out of 5 stars.

The only critique I have, is that I do wish this course for both the clinical medicine review and even pharmacology would be providing practice board style questions at the end of each "module"/ "topic".'

Otherwise, awesome job!!
-Melanie

Great Board Review!!!

Derek Cunningham


Andrew genuinely has the utmost interest in our success as students and providers. He is also responsive, caring and generous to the needs of the individual. Aside from his noteworthy character, his reviews are succinct and otherwise to the point (ie. no fluff or wasted details). With this Board ...

Andrew genuinely has the utmost interest in our success as students and providers. He is also responsive, caring and generous to the needs of the individual. Aside from his noteworthy character, his reviews are succinct and otherwise to the point (ie. no fluff or wasted details). With this Board Review Course, he focuses on the NCCPA Blueprint and provides quick-to-view lectures with only the pertinent information, helping to consolidate the necessary information and weed out the smaller and more in-depth which sometimes held me up (ie. wasted my time) while reviewing for the PANCE. I have used other review sources/courses like HippoED (and still like them!), but as good as their videos are, they are sometimes lengthy (which can be good or bad depending on your needs). I also took the Certified Medical Educators Review Course prior to graduating (together with my classmates), and though they are good, they get way too deep into the details (many of which are beyond what the PANCE will cover). Again, the Medgeeks Review Course has been more beneficial to me in its shorter (to the point) and not overly-detailed details. This helped me in my struggles to be more efficient and otherwise focused while reviewing for the PANCE. Thanks again, Andrew!

The Board Review Course is essential for didactic year, clinical rotations, and PANCE!

Courtney Smith


Most PA students and recent PA school graduates have three major stressors in common: they are on a budget, they are very busy, and they have many resources to study from, but do not know where to start. Thankfully, the Board Review Course helps pacify these three stressors very effectively. First...

Most PA students and recent PA school graduates have three major stressors in common: they are on a budget, they are very busy, and they have many resources to study from, but do not know where to start. Thankfully, the Board Review Course helps pacify these three stressors very effectively.

First if you are on a budget, the course is very inexpensive compared to the other HIGH YIELD PA boards review courses available online. Additionally, with your subscription to the course, you receive access FOREVER. I bought the course at the beginning of my clinical year on a recommendation from a fellow classmate and have used the course to study for each of my end of rotation exams so far. Since my subscription will not expire (like other review courses do), I plan do use this course to study for my PANCE in a couple months as well. This will literally safe me hundreds of dollars down the road.

Second if you are very busy, you won't have to spend hours learning to navigate the layout of the course website. It is very user friendly and organized so that you can quickly find exactly the disease or subject area you want to focus on. The videos are short, sweet, and to the point of exactly the HIGH YIELD information that will be tested. In fact, if you are pressed for time, on a lunch break, or at the gym, you can download the App through the App Store for productive, on-the-go studying. Additionally, you can download the audio files of the videos if you like to listen to podcasts while you drive or run.

Third if you are overwhelmed by the amount of material you have to cover for a specific didactic year exam, an end of rotation exam, or the PANCE, this Board Review Course is an awesome place to start. You can find comfort knowing you are studying the correct material because Andrew is constantly updating the course. In addition to the videos, audio files, and app, Andrew has uploaded a printable study guide for you to follow along as well. Last, if you have any questions about the content, have technical difficulties, or just need advice, Andrew is very good at quickly responding to emails and resolving whatever issue may arise. (In fact, Boards Review Course students' emails get priority!)

To summarize, if you are like me and are on a budget, are very busy, and get overwhelmed by the amount of information that you need to know, then I would highly recommend the Boards Review Course. I have integrated the course content to my study routine and have seen improvements in not only my ability to answer multiple choice questions correctly, but also in my ability to recall information when I get asked questions by my preceptors on rotations.

The fear of not passing is enough to make anyone cringe...after all, the stakes are high.

 

Over the years, I've received numerous emails from students who didn't pass the first time around -- like this one:

 

"I just wanted to say thank you for always being the light in a dark place. A bit of my story goes, is that I went to PA school and during that time my entire world turned upside down. You understand every single feeling that hits a student, plus if you are one who is struggling in school to pass a test and with life in general, it becomes this vicious vortex of negative emotions.

A bit of my story is that I graduated from school in August of 2015 and a couple of weeks later I didn't pass my boards. I could tell you every feeling of failure you have but you already know.

After beating myself up, I started to pick myself up again, I found the courage to take the test but guess what, I failed a second time. This was the devastating blow, the one that became more of a trauma associated to taking the test.

I was lost for months, I just thought that this is the one thing in life I would never be able to accomplish, I couldn't understand why. I didn't know how to move forward. Sometimes if you pay attention to the signs in life it feels like there is something putting a red light up for a reason we might not understand yet.

Flash forward to August 2016, your emails started to really hit me, I ended up buying your lectures watching online and following along with the sections of the book. Good old fashioned highlighter and pen for notes. I took the boards for the third time on August 31, 2016 and this time I'm happy and unbelievably able to say I passed! Everything really does happen for a reason, I might never fully understand why it took the fight that it did to become a certified PA.

I just wanted to say, thank you, and if you ever run across a fellow PA who's like me and needs an underdog story of inspiration I would be happy to be there for anyone, anytime."

Sincerely, a greatly appreciative certified PA!

 

As you've read, failing the boards can be devastating.

 

The problem?

We never think it will happen to us - until it does.

The amount of information you're expected to know  as a practicing clinician is never ending. But, this isn't the case for your exams.

Something students often struggle with is what to do about guidelines which aren't clear and/or with those treatment options that don't have a definitive role?

Well, the answer is easy..

Don’t worry about them.

I know, easier said, than done.

Most students obsess over controversy and comb through the literature to try and come up with a definitive answer, when there isn’t one.

Certain things, like the management of pulmonary nodules, are largely based on experience, the patient, and comfort of the clinician.

But, within this controversial subject, there are things that are clear e.g., nodules over 2 cm are high risk for malignancy so you want to remove these.

These are the facts you should focus your attention on.

You will not, however, be asked questions on controversial topics.

In order for a question to be asked, there needs to be evidence and concrete answers behind it.

You will not get questions which have answers that are subjective and/or unclear.

We know you've struggled with these concepts, because we've been helping students and clinicians pass their exams and practice better medicine, since 2013.

Heck, I struggled with this and would waste hours and hours trying to find an answer because I was scared it would be on the exam.

But, guess what? It wasn’t.

The problem is you don’t know what you don’t know.

Therefore it’s easy to waste all this time creating flashcards, highlighting books that you’ll never revisit, printing our powerpoint that give minimal information, and spending hours creating your own high yield information charts that undoubtedly have mistakes.

That’s our goal here at Medgeeks:

To save your sanity, build a strong foundation, and to get you into practice...

 

Our Medgeeks Curriculum
  • 1

    Cardiology

    • Coronary Artery Disease
    • Cardiomyopathy
    • Conduction Disorders/Dysrhythmias
    • Congenital Heart Disease
    • Congestive Heart Failure
    • Hypertension
    • Hypotension
    • Traumatic, infectious, and inflammatory heart conditions
    • Valvular Disease
    • Vascular Disease
  • 2

    Pulmonology

    • Pulmonary Notes
    • COPD
    • Infectious Disorders
    • Neoplasms
    • Pleural Disease
    • Pulmonary Circulation
    • Restrictive Pulmonary Disease
    • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
    • Other Pulmonary Disorders
  • 3

    Musculoskeletal

    • Musculoskeletal Notes
    • Chest/Rib Disorders
    • Compartment Syndrome
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Lower Extremity Disorders
    • Shoulder Disorders
    • Elbow Disorders
    • Hand & Wrist Disorders
    • Spinal Disorders
    • Neoplasms
    • Other Bone Disorders
  • 4

    Rheumatology

    • Rheumatology Notes
    • Full Rheumatology Lecture
  • 5

    Gastroenterology

    • Gastroenterology Notes
    • Biliary Disease
    • Colorectal Disorders
    • Esophageal disorders
    • Hepatic Disease
    • Small Intestine Disorders
    • Gastric Disorders
    • Hernias
    • Infectious Diarrhea
    • Toxic Ingestion
    • Metabolic Disorders
    • Nutritional and Vitamin Disorders
    • Food Allergies and Insensitivities
    • Neoplasms
    • Pancreatic Disorders
  • 6

    Reproductive System

    • Reproductive Notes
    • Breast Disorders
    • Uterine Disorders
    • Ovarian Disorders
    • Cervical Disorders
    • Sexually Transmitted Infections
    • Infertility
    • Menopause
    • Menstrual Disorders
    • Trauma
    • Contraception
    • Uncomplicated Pregnancy
    • Complicated Pregnancy
    • Complicated Labor
  • 7

    Renal

    • Renal Notes
    • Acute Kidney Injury
    • Chronic Kidney Disease
    • Acute Disorders
    • Congenital or Structural Renal Disorders
    • Fluid and Electrolyte Disorders
    • Neoplasms
  • 8

    Hematology

    • Hematology Notes
    • Coagulation Disorders
    • Cytopenias
    • Cytoses
    • Hemoglobinopathies
    • Transfusion reaction
    • Neoplasms, Premalignancies, and Malignancies
  • 9

    Neurology

    • Neurology Notes
    • Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion
    • Cranial Nerve Palsies
    • Headache
    • Infectious Disease
    • Movement Disorders
    • Neurocognitive Disorders
    • Neuromuscular Disorders
    • Peripheral nerve disorders
    • Seizure Disorders
    • Vascular Disorders
  • 10

    Endocrinology

    • Endocrine Notes
    • Adrenal Disorders
    • Neoplasms
    • Diabetes
    • Hypogonadism
    • Parathyroid Disorders
    • Thyroid Disorders
    • Pituitary Disorders
  • 11

    Psychiatry

    • Psychiatry Notes
    • Abuse and Neglect
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Depressive Disorders
    • Disruptive, Impulse control, And Conduct Disorders
    • Dissociative Disorders
    • Human Sexuality
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
    • Personality Disorders
    • Schizophrenia
    • Sleep-Wake Disorders
    • Somatic Symptoms Disorder
    • Substance Abuse and Addictive disorders
    • Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
  • 12

    Infectious Disease

    • Infectious Disease Notes
    • Bacterial Disease
    • Parasitic Disease
    • Lyme Disease
    • Viral Disease
  • 13

    EENT

    • EENT Notes
    • Eye Disorders
    • Ear Disorders
    • Nose/Sinus Disorders
    • Oropharyngeal Disorders
  • 14

    Dermatology

    • Dermatology Notes
    • Acneiform Eruptions
    • Desquamation
    • Diseases/Disorders of the Hair and Nails
    • Exanthems
    • Infection of the Skin
    • Keratotic Disorders
    • Neoplasms of the Skin
    • Papulosquamous Disorders
    • Pigment Disorders
    • Skin Integrity
    • Vesiculobullous Disease
    • Other Dermatologic Disorders
    • Vascular abnormalities
  • 15

    Genitourinary System (Male and Female)

    • Genitourinary Notes
    • Bladder disorders
    • Congenital and Acquired Abnormalities
    • Infectious Disorders
    • Testicular Disorders
    • Neoplasms
    • Nephrolithiasis | Urolithiasis
    • Penile Disorders
    • Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
    • Urethral Disorders
  • 16

    Legal and Medical Ethics

    • Legal and Medical Ethics
Here's what others have said...

Board Review Course

Amanda Schmiedl


I love Andrew's PANCE Review Course! I am an auditory learner, so having material that I can listen to and follow along with helps me retain the material. I also really enjoy that the videos can be downloaded so that I am able to listen to them on my way to and from clinicals rotations. I swear I ca...

I love Andrew's PANCE Review Course! I am an auditory learner, so having material that I can listen to and follow along with helps me retain the material. I also really enjoy that the videos can be downloaded so that I am able to listen to them on my way to and from clinicals rotations. I swear I can hear Andrew's voice as I am taking my End of Rotation Exam! Lastly, the slides and downloadable notes are helpful for following and taking notes along with the video. I would recommend these videos not only for PA students first studying for EORE and/or PANCE, but also for PA-Cs who are taking the PANRE. My saving grace!!

Actually a lifesaver

Althea White


I'm a PA1 nearing the end of didactic year and wish I'd known about this course prior to starting. I struggled through much the fall semester, but managed to pass all my classes. After starting the course, I scored half a letter grade higher on the first exam. Having used the course now for more tha...

I'm a PA1 nearing the end of didactic year and wish I'd known about this course prior to starting. I struggled through much the fall semester, but managed to pass all my classes. After starting the course, I scored half a letter grade higher on the first exam. Having used the course now for more than 5 months, I have scored no less than half a letter grade higher, but mostly a whole letter grade. Most importantly, I have way more time in my schedule. This course truly has cut my studying frustration to nearly zero. Andrew has boosted my confidence in getting through weeks with multiple exams, because I know I'll be able to get the high yield information quickly.

I was expecting to pay much more, and hate to say that it's way undervalued! It's still more than a year until taking the PANCE, but I'm confident in continuing to do more than just barely get through didactic year.

I PASSED!!!

Fahtme Abdallah


ANDREW!!!! I PASSED!!!!! medgeeks has been an instrumental resource during my didactic year, my second year, and while studying for the boards. You are awesome! Thanks for all that you do. I honestly don't know how I would've made it by without you. Btw, medgeeks has been added to the "recommended r...

ANDREW!!!! I PASSED!!!!! medgeeks has been an instrumental resource during my didactic year, my second year, and while studying for the boards. You are awesome! Thanks for all that you do. I honestly don't know how I would've made it by without you. Btw, medgeeks has been added to the "recommended resources" for the upcoming classes at my school. Much love from Easter Michigan University ❤️❤️

My Favorite Review Course

McShirley Tran


This review course is great for me to use as review for my Clinical Medicine courses which can be very dense. Andrew has been able to break down the content clearly. He goes through the motion as to what we should be doing with our patients. In my clinical medicine course, they would give us so many...

This review course is great for me to use as review for my Clinical Medicine courses which can be very dense. Andrew has been able to break down the content clearly. He goes through the motion as to what we should be doing with our patients. In my clinical medicine course, they would give us so many options as to how we diagnose a patient or different treatment options, but my class and I would always ask, "What is the best way to diagnose a condition?" or "Which is the 1st line medication?!" I appreciate how Andrew guides us through what is most common done and used in practice. This course is building my confidence as I am starting my 3rd semester of my didactic year and I cannot wait for my clinical rotations to begin! I will most definitely rewatch videos and relisten to the audio during my clinical rotations.

Thank you so much Andrew! I really appreciate what you do for us! God Bless!

Stephanie Flaherty


I have been a practicing PA for 18 years. Studying for recertification has been so much easier with this course than it was in previous years. Andrew highlights the necessary material in an easily understandable way! Highly Recommend!

I have been a practicing PA for 18 years. Studying for recertification has been so much easier with this course than it was in previous years. Andrew highlights the necessary material in an easily understandable way! Highly Recommend!

Excellent Review Content and Delivery!

Amber Freeman


Well worth the money. Very succinct and to the point. I didn't ever feel overwhelmed with minute details that a lot of study materials get bogged down with. Information presented was very high yield.

Well worth the money. Very succinct and to the point. I didn't ever feel overwhelmed with minute details that a lot of study materials get bogged down with. Information presented was very high yield.

Weither your looking to pass the boards for the first time or are recertifying, studying for your exam is an overwhelming task. 

 

That is the exact reason we created our "High Yield Immerson Strategy", to ensure you have a solid foundation come time to pass your boards.

Our training focuses on all the material you will be tested on, no matter which version of the test you're taking. 

We'd hate for you to spend all this time learning specific information that statistacally are unlikely to be on your next exam. 

So, if you'd like to learn more, about how we can help, please click the link below:

Learn more about our high yield immersion strategy to pass the boards