My Pediatric EOR went a lot more smoothly than my Primary Care EOR, and I think a huge contributor to that was the study plan that I had developed! From day 1 of the rotation, I created a list of goals (typically around 3) that I wanted to accomplish each day. It kept me focused and helped me pinpoint what I still needed to cover. I talked about how I made a study plan for the EOR a couple of posts back, and I followed that to a tee. I reviewed the material I struggled with the most first, and then re-reviewed those topics during the last week.
So what resources did I use?
- Pros: This is very similar to the Step up to Medicine book. The style is outline based and its very easy to read. I felt like it did a good job covering almost all of the topics on the blueprint for the EOR. I loved the “quick hits” on the side – and these actually ended up being quite a few questions on the exam.
- Cons: There’s definitely some stuff that is extraneous for our PA EOR exam, but I thought it was helpful information to know.
- How I used it: This was my go to resource! I read this book cover to cover. I used this both as a reading review and to fill out my Pediatric EOR chart
- Pros: Nelson Pediatrics is a huge resource in this field. This is actually a resource that my professor really suggested that I use for this exam. She thought it was a lot more applicable than Step Up.
- Cons: This resource isn’t in outline formate, so I actually thought that it got a little “heavy” to read at time.
- How I used it: I mainly ended up using this for topics that I was still confused on and would get wrong on practice questions.
I talked about the Harriet Lane Handbook in my “What’s in my Pocket: Pediatrics” edition post and I cannot reiterate how helpful this book was! I used this a lot, both at clinic and at home. It was great for the stuff that was really important (pneumonia, asthma, otitis media, otitis externa, etc) and also for the stuff that was less common. I highly recommend at least renting this book for your peds rotation.
I also reviewed both the PANCE Prep Pearls and “Green Book” Pediatric chapters – I didn’t really use them to fill out my chart, but they were both good quick hit chapters to read as they focused on medical problems that could only be in the pediatric population.
Case Files Pediatrics was also a big resource for me. I like the set up of these books and I find the scenario and questions really helpful for when I actually see patients. I read this book throughout the rotation, and I honestly wish I would have read it cover to cover BEFORE I went on rotation. It definitely helped me with the process of formulating differential diagnoses in my head.
Which leads to me the last major resource I used: Nelson Pediatric Symptom-Based Diagnosis. My preceptor requiring that for every patient I saw I formulate a differential diagnosis and treatment plan for each Ddx, so this book was extremely helpful in my thought process. Her expectations and this book also helped me create a new study guide that I used for Pediatrics
I still used my classic chart, but I found these Ddx Charts really helpful for actually seeing patients – which in all honesty is the real test in medicine. I also ended up adding in a Ddx column in my classic chart, which was really helpful for when I was presenting to my preceptor!
Now, test banks were a little challenging for Pediatrics, I ended up having to relay on a question book rather than using ExamMaster or PAEasy. I tried to find questions by using “key words” like son, daughter, child, infant on ExamMaster, but I would end up getting some non-pediatric questions so I gave up on that.
I used LANGE Q&A Pediatrics and Pediatric PreTest. LANGE is a little out of date (published in 2009) and easier than questions I would see on the EOR, but I thought it did a good job of just getting me into the mindset of answering pediatric questions. Pediatric PreTest did a much better job of giving me scenarios to work through and I thought the scenarios were pretty accurate with the EOR questions.
I hope you guys found this post interesting! Peds was definitely a very enjoyable (though stressful) experience for me, and I think that showed in my EOR exam. I’m considering posting a “5 Tips” for Peds blog, so let me know if you would be interested in that. I would also love to hear your thoughts on any of these resources or ways to study.
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