If you are interested in taking an ABPM course, Varsity Tutors offers private ABPM classes to help you study for the test. The ABPM (or American Board of Preventive Medicine) offers Board Certifications that go above and beyond the requirements for medical licensure. It is strictly voluntary, but may be a good way to demonstrate your commitment to top-quality patient care. Investing in an ABPM prep class can help you prepare for the associated test and potentially reach for your career goals!
One of the first subjects discussed in our ABPM courses is what you can expect on test day. All exams are administered at Prometric Testing Centers via CBT, or Computer-Based Testing. This means that you take the exam on a computer instead of a more traditional test booklet. If you want some experience with the exam's interface before you sit for the test, you might want to take practice assessments during ABPM class time.
The content on the exam depends on the Certification you are aiming for. The list below includes all of the certifications that the ABPM offers:
- Core Exam (General Topics)
- Specialty Certifications
- Aerospace Medicine
- Occupational Medicine
- Public Health and General Preventive Medicine
- Subspecialty Certifications
- Addiction Medicine
- Clinical Informatics
- Medical Toxicology
- Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
Students seeking a Specialty Certification in Aerospace Medicine, Occupational Medicine, or Public Health and General Preventive Medicine take a general "Core Exam" plus a test on their specialization of choice. You need to pass both separately in order to earn Certification. Subspecialty Certification-seekers do not take the Core Exam, concentrating instead on their chosen specialty.
There is no penalty for guessing on any of the exams, so students are encouraged to try to answer every question. The tests are timed, so you might want to practice your time management skills in an ABPM course to make sure you get to every question.
Here is a rundown of the topics covered on the Core Exam:
|ABPM Core Exam Content Areas||Exam Percentage|
|Health Services Management (Systems-Based Practice)||15|
|Epidemiology and Biostatistics||35|
|Clinical Preventive Medicine||20|
|Behavior and Mental Health||12|
One of the benefits of taking a private ABPM class is the freedom to study any topic you need to. Most of the Core Exam's questions fall under the categories of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (35%) or Clinical Preventive Medicine (20%), meaning that typical ABPM prep courses concentrate on them. If you feel that you need help with another area, you're probably out of luck.
In contrast, our ABPM prep classes focus on your needs. You can study whatever you need to for as long as you like, without concern for the limited duration of competing products. You also work with a private instructor who may be able to adapt their teaching style to your unique needs. For instance, an auditory learner may want to hear information over and over again in order to retain it, while a visual learner might prefer a scale model or graphical representation. Generic programs often lack the flexibility to adapt to either approach.
We also try to make attending your ABPM prep course as convenient as possible. All instruction takes place on our proprietary Live Learning Platform, providing the benefits of face-to-face tutoring without needing to arrange a physical meeting. Likewise, we try to match every student with a knowledgeable instructor who fits their schedule for maximal convenience.
Varsity Tutors is ready and willing to help you work toward your academic goals, so contact an Educational Consultant today with any questions you might have. We look forward to hearing from you!