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4,800+ Surgeons Coached by Dr. Argy

"The best money and time I have ever invested."

Dr. Claros  - Leo Claros, MD    see more testimonials

"I would not have passed without having taken this course."

  - Jennifer Simmons, MD    see more testimonials

"Without reservation, I would encourage anyone to work with him."

Dr. Hancock  - Susan Hancock, MD    see more testimonials

"Truly inspiring as an educator."

Dr. Schoolfield  - Matthew Schoolfield, MD    see more testimonials

"I would highly recommend this course to all candidates"

Dr. Gutfinger  - Dan Gutfinger, MD    see more testimonials

"Your teaching style is absolutely brilliant. The course was excellent!!!"

Dr. Wilson  - Aundrea Wilson, MD    see more testimonials

"There is no better way to prepare for your oral boards."

  - Seung Gwon, MD    see more testimonials

"I could not have done it without you."

Dr. Price - Kevin Price, MD    see more testimonials

"This course is completely UNIQUE."

  - Lindsey Gold, DO    see more testimonials

"Dr. Argy prepared me so well for this exam it was a non-event."

Dr. Harmon  - Rhonda Harmon, MD    see more testimonials

"Dr. Argy knows what it takes to prepare for the oral boards."

  - David Bailey, MD    see more testimonials

"Fantastic course. Organized perfectly, extremely thorough."

  - Edna Valdes, MD    see more testimonials

Board Basics℠

Anxious About the Exam? You Don't Have to Be.

    The Certifying Exam is the most difficult, high stakes professional exam you will ever take.
    (The overall Certifying Exam pass rate over the last 5 years is 76%.)
    Candidates often struggle because of the pervasive and profound misconceptions, misunderstandings and mystery associated with the exam, which can compromise preparation.
    The result? Lack of confidence, anxiety, guessing.
    Board Basics℠ offers an introduction to the exam process. The objective is to help you have a better sense of the complexities of the exam process, and to showcase Odyssey's strengths in enhancing your preparation and performance. Content is added monthly to this page, and will be archived as an ongoing resource.
    Content in Board Basics is based on Dr. Argy's 23 years of experience teaching board preparation to over 4,800 surgeons, his lectures, and his book, Demystifying the Surgery Certifying Examination.

Candidate Mode℠ (Test Anxiety)

   The mind's threat response is activated by anxiety, uncertainty and inexperience with the exam, and produces counterproductive behaviors and compromised performance.

Dr. Argy presents Candidate Mode

   Here is an excerpt from one of Dr. Argy's lectures on Candidate Mode's cause and effects. (Click to watch.)

What is the Real Goal of the Oral Exam?

    In order to prepare well and have a strong exam performance, you need to be sure you are achieving the goal of the exam. Misunderstandings, however, are extremely common.

What is the Real Goal of the Oral Exam?

   Dr. Argy points out the ABS website description of the actual goal of the Certifying Exam. (Click to watch.)

What Core Skills Do You Need to Perform Well?

   Core skill sets need to be developed and focused to meet the actual goals of the exam.