Tips for Preparing for Boards Part I

When did you start preparing for boards?

My initial approach to passing Boards Part I was to do as well as possible in the classes that covered the material in the first place. Therefore, when I went to study I was filling in knowledge gaps rather than teaching myself entire subjects. I studied a lot more as boards approached, but the studying I did in the months before the exam built on a 2-year academic foundation.  At NYCPM, our second year runs through the summer which allows us to take more time off before the boards in the Spring of our second year. I studied about 2-4 hours a day for approximately 3 months prior to the board exam. In the three weeks prior to the exam I logged closer to 4-8 hours a day.