Best Prep Tips for Passing the Boards

At The Institute for Podiatric Excellence and Development (IPED) we are interested in every stage of podiatric practice, including the years that lead up to becoming a physician. As a student, we know that one of the biggest pressures you’ll face is passing the boards. Below are some study tips from students who have successfully passed their boards:

  • This may sound obvious, but one of the best ways to prep for the boards is to do as well as possible in all your classes. It’s much easier to review and reinforce what you’ve already learned rather than having to learn material from scratch.
  • Pencil study time into your schedule just as you would any other appointments. A steady regimen of 2-4 hours a day in the 3 months prior to the exam will be very beneficial. Step it up to 4-8 hours a day for the last 3 weeks.
  • Limit the number of sources you use for studying. Take your time and choose sources that have a format and style you find accessible and a good match for your study style. You’ll find plenty of books, videos and online resources. Keep in mind the major content component of the boards: LEAN (30%), Pharm (15%) and INDI (15%). Having too many study sources can cause you to follow multiple threads and spend a disproportionate amount of time on material that may only be a small part of the boards.
  • Make a plan. In addition to your individual study hours, plan to get together with other students to study. Map out ahead of time what topics you will cover when so that each member of your study group can be preparing for the same subjects. Be flexible, however, if the plan doesn’t seem to be working, be prepared to shift tactics rather than stick with something that isn’t yielding results.

Working with other students to improve the outcome of your boards is right in line with our mission at IPED. We believe in sharing experiences and learning together to improve all of our members’ practices and personal lives. Membership is free for students. To learn more, contact us at: 978-296-7634.