For those people who are preparing for the American Board of Ophthalmology’s Written Qualifying Exam (WQE), this is part 4 of my ongoing series detailing the test and some suggestions for studying. In Part 1, I detail the basics of the written board exam. In Part 2, I discuss the content that you need to know for the written board exam, and detail some suggested study material in the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Basic and Clinical Science Course texts for the first 3 sections listed in the ABO’s 76-page content outline, listed below (in alphabetical order). Part 3 continues that chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the BCSC texts, covering the next 3 sections. I will finish up the last 4 sections in this last post, before we move on to study materials and other fun stuff:
Cataract and Anterior Segment Cornea and External Disease Glaucoma Neuro-Ophthalmology and Orbit Oculoplastics and Orbit Ophthalmic Pathology and Oncology
- Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
- Refractive Management and Optics
- Retina and Vitreous
*Disclaimer: I don’t remember test questions on the written exam (it’s been a few years), so please don’t take my reading suggestions as fully comprehensive. I’m sure that there will be topics that I will recommend to focus on that won’t show up on the test at all, and there will be questions on the test that aren’t in my list of things to know. When in doubt, use the ABO’s content outline!
*Note: Because I do not own the most recent versions of the BCSC, some of the chapters and topic divisions will not be entirely accurate. If you have the most recent edition of the BCSC (2015-2016) and would like to provide us with the updated information, leave a comment or send an e-mail to ophthreview [at] gmail [dot] com! Continue reading “Preparing For The Written Board Exam, Part 4”