FAQ for ABPN
Why attend Dr. Rayel’s review
Psychiatry Board Review for ABPN II is a
cost-effective way to prepare for the oral boards. Just like any board review courses, you’ll learn effective
exam strategies to help you prepare for this difficult test of your competence.
Unlike many review courses however, Dr. Rayel’s program is
practical because it happens in the comforts of your home. If you have online access, you’re set to learn
exam strategies — no extra expenses, no hotels, no traffic, no luggage to pack. You don’t even have to be
away from families, friends, and workplace.
Unlike other review courses, this program is not necessarily easy.
Before you start the course, you’ll be given clinical vignettes
and emodule to work on. This emodule refers to assigned tasks and exercises that reviewers
should perform to practice psychiatric skills such as the introduction, psychiatric interview,
and oral presentation, among other things. Such emodule is rigorous and yet a great learning
tool because you'll be required to practice various skills and techniques right where you are -- at home or
The Clinical Vignettes Vols. 1 and 2, with more than 90 clinical case
scenarios, is broad and
covers relevant and difficult cases that clinicians may encounter. Likewise, the
Clinical Vignettes Comprehensive covers clinical cases,
commonly-asked questions, and detailed asnwers.
Also, the web seminar (or webinar),
which is a web-based presentation on various relevant topics, can be accessed anywhere through the
Unlike many courses, this review allows you to have free consultations
with Dr. Rayel either by phone or e-mail. You will also receive free oral board exam books called
Passing Strategies -- both in audio
and print. The audio book can be conveniently used while driving, exercising, and relaxing.
Moreover, you’ll learn many things during this program such as: how to
organize your clinical data and presentation; how to deal with difficult cases; effective ways to negotiate
the video exam, and so much more.
What benefits can I obtain from this review
Through this cost-effective course,
you will learn and practice effective interview, presentation, and
organizing (for both interview and presentation) strategies. Some of the topics include:
- How to organize the collection and presentation of clinical
- Effective ways to negotiate the video
- Commonsense approach toward a powerful case formulation,
differential diagnosis, and treatment plan
- Common causes of failure and
- Successfully dealing with the
- Practical history-taking and presentation
- And more!
You'll learn through emodules, personalized consultation, and
web-based presentation that's accessible online.
Is the review course designed for all oral exam
The course is for everyone who wants to improve his or her
performance in the exam. Moreover, this program can be very helpful to those people with specific
weaknesses in the interview and presentation process.
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When is the best time to enroll in this
The best time to enroll is a few months or several weeks before
the exam. The practical strategies taught in this program are designed to be practiced on a regular basis
several weeks before the exam. Board preparation just a few days prior to the exam has a limited value
(except for desensitization), in my opinion.
Is Dr. Rayel’s review course helpful for
International Medical Graduates (IMGs)?
Dr. Rayel’s program
is designed for all oral exam candidates. However as an IMG himself, Dr. Rayel understands the difficulties
and challenges that IMGs face. Moreover, this program is quite helpful for candidates with interview and
What does the 'hands-on' training
It involves practical application of interview and presentation
strategies, presentation of cases, exposure to clinical vignettes, audiocassette recording and
analysis, among others.
What guarantees can
Dr. Rayel offer?
Dr. Rayel’s strategies
can help improve your skills and level of confidence. As a result, your chance to pass the exam may
increase. But Dr. Rayel can’t guarantee a passing outcome.
What is Dr. Rayel’s credential to help you
improve your chance to pass the exam?
Dr. Rayel has written
the Psychiatry Oral Exam eModule, Clinical Vignettes for ABPN II Vols. 1 and 2, Clinical Vignettes
Comprehensive, and two books on ABPN Psychiatry
board preparation. As a faculty, he has supervised and has given lectures to trainees and health care
professionals on psychiatric interview and presentation.
Dr. Rayel is one of the very few psychiatrists with both
training and board certification in forensic and geriatric psychiatry. Currently, he is a
Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with subspecialty certifications in forensic and
geriatric psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine. He's also certified in Advanced Clinical
Psychopharmacology by the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology(ASCP).
For details, check About the Senior Faculty.
How do you handle the personal information of your
Personal information submitted to us is kept strictly
What is the best
way to contact Dr. Rayel?
The best way to contact Dr. Rayel is via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . For inquiries
about the review program, you can e-mail email@example.com .
I register and what's the
fee?What's included in the fee?
Please see registration and fee section.The fee includes Dr. Rayel’s
books and either CD or cassette, webinar, eModule, clinical vignettes, and a free phone or
e-mail consultation with Dr. Rayel until the completion of the exam.
What is the cancellation
$100.00 fee if registration is
cancelled after all materials are sent. All cancellations should be done by e-mail.
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