Why should I choose your course over the others?
Of course we encourage you to prepare with us! We have experience running a succinct, effective course that replicates the oral board experience. We have stayed in close contact with the ABU (American Board of Urology) to make sure we do as much as possible to replicate the actual exam you will take. Most importantly though, we are not just another board review course. By preparing with us, you are gaining a coach who will partner with you and help guide you through the experience even after the standard sessions are over. Every year we offer and administer additional practice cases with follow-up conversations to many individuals needing extra help. We set the bar for the concierge experience in board preparation! At this point in your career, it is vital to invest the time in your preparation and choose partners who have demonstrated that they will do the same.
What do you mean by a “personalized, concierge-style” coaching experience?
We are committed to helping you through this stressful process and ultimately getting you to pass the oral board exam. We take your preparation very seriously. You will have access to us for questions and help in the weeks leading up to your exam. For people who we determine need the extra help, we will continue to work with you. We have demonstrated this commitment year after year with scores of candidates. Think of us as your personalized coaches who will guide you through the process and prepare you to sit for and pass your oral board; we are not just as another board review course.
What do you mean by your guarantee?
We stand behind our course experience. Should you take our course and fail the boards, we will allow you to take our course again for free the following year. This offer is limited only to first time attendees of our course.
I already failed the boards but have not taken your course before. Am I still eligible for the guarantee after I take your course?
Yes you are. In fact we have helped many people like you who have failed in prior years and have helped them to pass.
How are things different since the pandemic?
The structure of our course has changed to maximize the benefits of a virtual structure while also maximizing your preparation. We have done this since 2021 and have had no technical issues. We offer virtual mock sessions that will be similar in structure and style to those you will encounter during the real in-person board exam. We will review how to succeed in the OSCE portion of the exam. Every candidate before you has agreed that the most important factor in all of this however, is the feedback and coaching that follows each of your mock sessions. That is where you receive the critical input that can mean the difference between passing or failing.
Who makes up your faculty?
Our faculty is a mix of private practice and academic urologists from all across the country. Some faculty members have completed fellowships whereas others practice general urology. Each and every faculty member understands how the oral board format changed over the prior years and can therefore replicate the actual current board experience. We feel that this is a subtle yet important facet to your board preparation.
Do I have to disclose if I failed the boards before?
No, you do not have to disclose anything you don’t want to.
What technology will you use for the virtual format?
Google has traditionally been the easiest in order to share files from our Google Drive necessary for the exam. It has been easy for past participants to navigate but does require a gmail address.
Why don’t you offer CME credits?
We have been certified to offer CME credits but have decided it is inefficient and superfluous to do so. State regulations require you to have a certain number of CME credits every 2 years. Passing the boards in and of itself grants you all the CME credits that you need for the time period, so earning more is unnecessary. Other courses may offer CME credits, but we do not consider it applicable to your board preparation or useful after you pass the boards.
Do I have to be finished with my urology topic matter review?
While helpful, no you don’t. In fact, most candidates aren’t fully done with their urology review before taking our course. The purpose of the course is not to test your urology knowledge, it is also not to teach you any urology. The purpose is to show you how the boards will run by having you experience it first hand, rehearse the dialogue with a stranger/examiner, experience some test taking anxiety, get a flavor for what will be asked, and show you the actual physical location where you will be in a few weeks actually doing it. We know you will have the knowledge part down by then. In typical years when the exam is in February, many candidates start their topic review after Thanksgiving, and most are well underway by the New Year.
Will you be teaching any urology?
No, there are many review resources already out there for Part I and supplement texts related to Part II. By the time Part II is at hand, you have completed residency, passed Part I, and practiced urology for more than a year. The point of our course is to prepare you for the part of the oral exam that you cannot do alone.
Will you have additional cases available?
Yes, after the course, we will provide additional cases to review and study from.
Which course should I take?
There currently are two courses: ours and a course the AUA developed in the years following our original success. The “Arizona” course previously sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh is no longer offered. Candidates should be clear that the American Board of Urology (ABU) does not sponsor any course. Furthermore, the ABU does not endorse any preparation course, which includes the course offered by the AUA.
We believe one of the fundamental differences between the courses is our concierge-style approach to your board preparation as described at other locations in this website. We stand behind our personalized commitment to help you pass. If you would like to schedule a phone conversation, we’d be happy to sort out some of the details with you. The bottom line is our recommendation for you to review your options and select what is right for you.
Want to talk to someone who took our course last year? Email Dennis and Bill at info@UrologyOralBoardPrep.com, and we will connect you.