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Preparing for the ABA Basic Exam
The ABA Applied Exam is administered after completion of your residency and passing the Advanced exam, . The Applied Exam consists of two parts, the Oral Exam and an Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) consisting of 7 stations. To prepare for this exam, we've assembled a list of resources and strategies that have been useful to previous UAB residents in preparing for this important exam. The different style of this exam means that you'll want to use a different set of review books
Review Books for the ABA Applied Exam
There are a number of books for the ABA Applied Exam as well as some older books intended for the former format of the oral boards.
Yao & Artusio's Anesthesiology by
Call Number: WO 218.2 Y25 2016
Publication Date: 2016
A standard anesthesiology text, Yao & Artusio's includes 63 chapters, each beginning with a brief case presentation and a list of essential problems related to pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, preoperative evaluation and preparation, intraoperative management, and postoperative anesthetic management. The question and answer format is designed to prompt readers to consider how they would care for the patient, making it an excellent resource for preparing for the Applied Exam. Print copy available in the Anesthesiology Library. Click linked title above for e-book copy.
Rapid Review Anesthesiology Oral Boards by
Call Number: WO 218.2 R1815 2013
Publication Date: 2013
Written for trainees who are preparing to take the Anesthesia Oral Board exam, Rapid Review Anesthesiology Oral Boards is focused on the most commonly tested topics on the ABA oral board exam. Presented in a question-and-answer format, the book covers 39 different clinical scenarios encountered in the exam. Click linked title above for e-book copy. Print copies available in the Anesthesiology Library.
Anesthesiology Oral Board Flash Cards by
Publication Date: 2011
150 two-sided cards aimed at promoting critical thinking skills for the Anesthesiology Oral Boards. Available through AccessAnesthesiology. Click linked title above for access.
Anesthesia Oral Board Review by
Call Number: WO 218.2 A5775 2010
Publication Date: 2009
Anesthesia Oral Board Review was written prior to the changes in the staged exams but still includes useful information for preparing for the oral portion of the applied exam, including a brief introduction to the oral exams and tips for success. The remainder of the book is divided into topics which each includes a sample case, relevant clinical issues, and a treatment plan. Print copy available in the Anesthesia Library; for e-book, click the linked title above.
Board Stiff Three: Preparing for the Anesthesia Orals by
Call Number: WO 218.2 G162ba 2009
Publication Date: 2009
A slim, older review book for the Anesthesia Oral Boards. Popular among residents and fellows. 3 print copies available in the Anesthesiology Library. Click linked title for e-book copy.
Review Books for the ABA OSCEs
The newest part of the advanced exam, Objectvie Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) were introduced in 2017 and are meant to assess communication, professionalism, and technical skills related to patient care. Only one book is currently available for preparing for the ABA OSCEs.
OSCE Guide for the ABA Applied Examination by
Publication Date: 2017
This book covers topics that are outlined in the ABA curriculum, presented in a way that emulates the OSCE exam setting, and will help candidates prepare for the exam and test their knowledge. Each station is constructed in clear, logical fashion to make the revision of individual topics more accessible. The sample questions and answers allow self-testing and are complemented by discussions, numerous illustrations and up-to-date clinical guidelines which follow modern-day anesthetic practice. Click linked title above to access the e-book.
For more information about the OSCEs, please review the following: