It is considered the gold standard for neurosurgeons practicing in the USA. The ABNS primary examination requires many months of preparation, and passing it is both a significant accomplishment and integral component in becoming board certified.
Commencing in 2017, the ABNS certifying oral examination will be modified as follows:
1. Session one will test the candidate's fund of knowledge and competency on general neurosurgery.
2. Session two will test the candidate's competency on elements of his/her focused surgical practice. Each candidate will indicate their choice prior to the examination from a list of focused practice selections.
3. Session three will be a case based examination consisting of 5-8 cases selected from the 150 cases submitted during the credentialing process. Each candidate will prepare a PowerPoint using an ABNS slide template for each case that contains the clinical history, physical examination, key imaging, diagnosis and management, surgical coding, early result and follow-up.
The candidate must pass all three sessions to become ABNS certified.
Goodman’s Neurosurgery Oral Board Review
This book will educate and prepare neurosurgery candidates who are preparing for the Neurosurgery Oral Board exam, the final step prior to board certification. It will also serve as a primer for the Goodman oral board course, a bi-annual course sponsored by the AANS. The book begins by initially describing the format of the oral board exam in the US. It then examines some of the concepts and techniques in the question-answer process that forms the major premise of the oral board exam. Each chapter contains 4-5 case presentations, which are organized similarly to how oral board questions are presented, with a brief history / physical and relevant imaging studies. The authors provide detailed analysis of these cases, as well as key references for each case with the salient conclusions from each referenced paper.
While there are a few books that cover the board exams, none of them are specifically designed as case-based resources for oral board exam preparation. Goodman’s Neurosurgery Oral Board Review focuses specifically on the oral board exam. Its primary intended audience is US, Canadian and British neurosurgeons who are preparing for the oral board, but it will also be a very appropriate resource for those who are trying to maintain competence in neurosurgery.
Dr. Levi’s edited text is authored by a group of long-standing, dedicated members to the course who have taught it for the last 15 years. With their extensive experience in teaching for the board exams, the skillset they bring to this book is unrivaled.
Dr. Levi received his MD degree in 1986 from the University of Ottawa and completed his residency in 1995 at the University of Toronto. This was followed by spine fellowships at the University of Toronto and the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. Dr. Levi joined the faculty at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 1997, and is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery. He specializes in the surgical treatment of spine and peripheral nerve disorders.
—- Contributions from current neurosurgical residents and seasoned practitioners infuse this book with a well-rounded perspective. Having been there and done that, the authors incorporated what they felt was missing from board review books when they sat for the exam – resulting in a “bucket list” study guide.
The review is organized by neurosurgical topic with 20 chapters equally divided among questions followed by answers. Starting with physiology and anatomy, each chapter methodically covers core topics including radiology, neurology, pathology/histology, ophthalmology, and more. The authors provide brief explanations and pearls that accompany each question, which provide a solid springboard for delving deeper into any given topic. The easy-to-follow format enables residents to partake in long study sessions or tackle just a question or two in the midst of a busy day of neurosurgical service.
More than 1,300 questions reflect key concepts in the ABNS primary exam Enhanced with more than 350 images, most in color, which reflect the computerized, image-rich format of the current exam A full-length practice test at the end of the book mirrors the cadence and time constraints of the actual exam Explanations of correct and incorrect answers facilitate learning and retaining vast amounts of material This comprehensive board review book will help neurosurgical residents of all levels prepare thoroughly for the March exam. It is a one-stop self-assessment tool for any neurosurgeon who endeavors to attain and maintain ABNS certification.
Each author brings unique qualifications to this publication – from writing previous editions, to achieving the second highest exam score in the U.S. – to the insights of a current chief resident. Their mission is to help readers comprehend the material and retain this knowledge, rather than solely striving for the highest score.
This essential board prep review mirrors the exam’s multiple-choice format and seven sections: neurosurgery, clinical neurology, neuroanatomy, neurobiology, neuropathology, neuroradiology, and clinical skills/critical care. Presented in a new and improved layout, the third edition encompasses the numerous advances in neurosurgery since the 2004 edition was published.
New Key Features:
Expanded coverage of endovascular techniques for the treatment of cerebral aneurysms, the latest advanced imaging technologies, and treatment paradigm updates for acute ischemic stroke
More than 1,000 questions with answers that include detailed, insightful explanations
High-quality illustrations and anatomical dissections by Albert L. Rhoton Jr., MD, and other masters
This board review will help neurosurgical residents prepare thoroughly for the primary ABNS exam. It is also beneficial for neuroscience residents specializing in neurology and neuropathology