How I Prepared for and Passed the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Certification Exam – PEM Exam Prep Tips

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How to Prepare for ABEM's Pediatric Emergency Medicine Exam - Pediatric Emergency Medicine Certification Exam Tips

How to Prepare for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Certification Exam

A Pediatric EM exam study guide

If you are reading this, you probably need to prepare for ABEM pediatric emergency medicine exam - or more to the point - pass the pediatric EM exam.  The PEM certification exam can be daunting, but here, Divya Mirchandani, MD, offers her personal pediatric emergency medicine exam preparation story to help you take stock and crush the PEM exam.  

How I Prepared for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Exam

As a board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physician, I have been through many exams, and I am now board certified in pediatrics as well as pediatric emergency medicine. I can confidently say that my preparation for both board exams allowed me to pass on my first try -- though at the time, especially walking out of the testing center, I was not feeling extremely confident.

My exam prep journey continues, as the certifications and renewals don’t stop. So, my motto for every exam I have ever taken or will take is this -- have ONE book that serves as your bible, and then review as many questions as you can get through while annotating in that ONE book/bible! Then, READ and RE-READ that book as much as you can. 

What I Used to Study for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Exam

For my Pediatrics board exam, I used Laughing Your Way to Passing the Pediatric Boards, and I annotated that book using review questions from American Academy of Pediatrics PREP Self Assessments.

For my pediatric emergency medicine boards, there was no ONE book. So, I signed up for the Med-Challenger / PEMQ Book Live Board Review course. The slides they provided served as my comprehensive book, which I annotated with review questions.  I also bought the Med-Challenger PEDS EM board review course, and used these excellent question banks to annotate my notes from the course.

How I Studied for the Pediatric EM Exam

For both board exams, I gave myself approximately 2-3 months of actual studying, at least 3-4 days a week for 8+ hours a day.

By the time I was really in full swing with studying, I began dreaming about all my study materials. THAT was when I knew I was actually ready to take the exam, even though consciously I didn't feel ready.

A final word of advice -- take some breaks while studying (but not too many), ingest caffeine, and stay confident.

Staying in a good headspace was half the battle!

Divya Mirchandani, MD

My motto for every exam I have ever taken or will take is this -- have ONE book that serves as your bible, and then review as many questions as you can get through while annotating in that ONE book/bible! Then, READ and RE-READ that book as much as you can. 
Divya Mirchandani, MD

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