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SPECIALTY ORAL BOARD

   "What do the examiners want to hear?" With Odyssey, you'll know. Learn all the skills you need to deliver your best performance in the high stakes environment of the oral exam, and do so comfortably, confidently and capably.

SPECIALTY WRITTEN BOARD

   Discover easier, faster, better ways to maximize your retention and understanding of content, and simultaneously build the skills to answer exam questions more effectively for your specialty surgery Qualifying (written) exam.

Surgical Specialty Oral (Certifying) Board Courses

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  INTRODUCTION to Surgical Specialty Oral Exam, OVERVIEW of Course Options   (Click to flip open/closed.)

OPTIMIZE YOUR PREPARATION
Introduction

    Get your highest level of preparation by aligning your approach to the goals of the Certifying Examination, and by reading and practicing with proven techniques that produce statistically significant improvements in pass rates.
    Dr. Argy's experienced guidance dramatically improves the effectiveness of study time, retention and processing of information, and test-taking abilities.

  • The Certifying Examination is designed to measure high-level process thinking and sophisticated communication skills which demonstrate that thinking.
  • Questions on the Certifying Examination are hypothetical clinical scenarios, in both common and uncommon topics, that move through multiple variations at very high speed, with as little as 5 minutes per scenario. Each specialty uses its own list of topics, but the way scenarios evolve in the exam is the same across disciplines.
  • The well prepared candidate must be comfortable and facile with sophisticated skills in three areas: 1) proper preparation, 2) well-organized and prioritized reasoning, and 3) extremely subtle communication skills to convey decision-making promptly, clearly, logically and effectively.
  • The well prepared candidate will be able to organize and deliver information in a clear, concise, comfortable, confident, capable and adaptable manner. These are not innate skills, nor are they taught in residency. These skills are as sophisticated as learning a new surgical procedure, and are most quickly acquired under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
  • Studying for the orals is not optimally achieved with the usual methods of blunt memorization used by most candidates. Dr. Argy therefore has created advanced, original teaching methods, tapered to the needs of the individual, to maximize the efficiency of preparation, retention and manipulation of information, and optimization of test-taking skills, to help you achieve your highest possible level of exam preparation and performance.

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Overview of Course Options

    Odyssey offers a number of course options that can be individualized to the needs of each individual candiate. All courses are taught exclusively by Dr. Argy, so you benefit from his 20 years of experience and proven teaching methods to achieve your highest possible degree of confidence and preparedness.
    Each course option is described in greater detail in the panels below:

  • Private Tutorial •

One-on-one intensive preparation for a 7 hour day

  • Shared Tutorial •

Intensive prep with 2-4 candidates in a 7 hour day

  • Crescendo •

Intensive one-on-one prep on a hourly basis via VIdeo Teleconference

  • Specialist Select Group Courses •

Immerse yourself for 2 days of preparation in small groups of 9 to 20 candidates, with practice scenarios in your discipline.

  Private Tutorial   (Intensive, completely individualized one-on-one training)      (Click to flip open/closed.)
   Description:   A Private Tutorial is a an extremely intensive, highly effective, one-on-one session, usually lasting seven hours. Odyssey's database clearly indicates that candidates with prior exam experience, or candidates who have serious pressure to pass on their next attempt, improve their performance by starting with a Tutorial, usually months before their next exam. Dr. Argy gives you his undivided attention, and leverages his 20 years of experience to jumpstart your board preparation. Your strengths and weaknesses are identified and assessed, and a specific, personalized plan for preparation is created.  A Tutorial is arranged at a mutually convenient date for both you and Dr. Argy, starting as early as 5 AM eastern time. Maximum yield from the Private Tutorial occurs when combined with Crescendo Preparation, and committed self-preparation following Dr. Argy's guidelines from the Tutorial.

   Objectives of the Private Tutorial:
  • in-depth analysis of your baseline strengths and weaknesses.
  • careful assessment of baseline reading and study skills.
  • understanding unsucccessful prior exam experiences.
  • personalized understanding of how the exam really works.
  • completely individualized instruction in efficient and effective study techniques, including reading for presenation and self-practice.

   Summary of the Private Tutorial for Oral Boards:
  • if you have prior exam experience(s), the Tutorial allows you to discover what went wrong the first time(s), and turns it into a learning experience.
  • you learn how the oral exam really works, both in its logistics and the sophisticated organization and communication skills that are required.
  • for the orals, you learn the principles of effective communication, with the prioritization and organization of information, delivered clearly, concisely, and confidently.
  • you get an individualized assessment of your strengths and weaknesses.
  • a specific plan is designed for you to study and practice, to build your strengths and correct your weaknesses.
  • ideally, the Tutorial is followed by weekly Crescendo™ Prep by Video Teleconference, to build and hone your skills further.
   Tuition: $3,200 with the timely payment discount* within 14 days of signup. (Normally $3,700. Save $500) (The cost of a Tutorial is based on what a surgeon can make operating, doing 5 laparascopic cholecystectomies in a 7 hour day at ~ $800 apiece. There is a 30% weekend surcharge.)
  Shared Tutorial   (Intensive 7 hour session with 2-4 candidates.)     (Click to flip open/closed.)
   Description:   A Shared Tutorial is a an extremely intensive, highly effective, seven hour session with 2-4 candidates, thus reducing the cost per candidate while still giving significant individual attention. Odyssey's database clearly indicates that candidates with prior exam experience, or candidates who have serious pressure to pass on their next attempt, improve their performance by starting with a Tutorial, usually months before their next exam. Dr. Argy gives you his undivided attention, and leverages his 20 years of experience to jumpstart your board preparation. Your strengths and weaknesses are identified and assessed, and a specific, personalized plan for preparation is created.  A Tutorial is arranged at a mutually convenient date for both you and Dr. Argy, starting as early as 5 AM eastern time. Maximum yield from the Shared Tutorial occurs when combined with Crescendo Preparation, committed self-preparation following the principles of reading for presentation and self-practice outlined in the Tutorial.

   Objectives of the Shared Tutorial:
  • in-depth analysis of your baseline strengths and weaknesses.
  • careful assessment of baseline reading and study skills.
  • understanding unsucccessful prior exam experiences.
  • personalized understanding of how the exam really works.
  • individualized instruction in efficient and effective study techniques, including reading for presenation and self-practice.
  • you still get personalized, intensive instruction at a lower cost than a Private Tutorial.

   Summary of the Shared Tutorial for Oral Boards:
  • if you have prior exam experience(s), the Tutorial allows you to discover what went wrong the first time(s), and turns it into a learning experience.
  • you learn how the oral exam really works, both in its logistics and the sophisticated organization and communication skills that are required.
  • you learn the principles of effective communication applied specifically to the conditions of the oral exam, with the prioritization and organization of information, delivered clearly, concisely, and confidently.
  • you get an individualized assessment of your strengths and weaknesses.
  • a specific plan is designed for you to study and practice, to build your strengths and correct your weaknesses.
  • ideally, the Tutorial is followed by weekly Crescendo™ Prep by Video Teleconference, to build and hone your skills further.
   Tuition: $2,200 per person with the timely payment discount* within 14 days of signup. (Normally $2,700. Save $500) (There is a 30% weekend surcharge.)
  Crescendo   (Weekly one-on-one prep via Video Teleconference to hone skills.)     (Click to flip open/closed.)
   Description: Crescendo is weekly one-on-one preparation by Video Teleconference that follows a Private or Shared Tutorial and involves practice leading up to the exam for 1 to 2 hours once or twice a week, depending on your progress and personal preferences. Crescendo must be done in combination with a Tutorial. Like a Tutorial, Crescendo Preparation is also arranged at the mutual convenience of the candidate and Dr. Argy, starting as early as 5 AM eastern time.

   Objectives:
  •  make sure you are making the progress you want in all areas of your preparation under Dr. Argy's guidance
  •  reinforce reading and test-taking skills
  •  identify and correct deficiencies in the preparation process
  •  identify and correct the "drift" that typically occurs while trying to acquire new reading and practice skills.
  •  optimize your performance before the exam

   Tuition: is the same as a Private Tutorial on an hourly basis. Candidates typically pay ahead for Crescendo in 4 hour blocks. There is a timely payment discount within 14 days of signup.
  Specialist Select Group    Specialists can join a 2 Day GS Group with questions in their specialty.      (Click to flip open/closed.)
   Description: Specialist Select Group allows specialists to see how the Certifying (Oral) exam works, since all specialty exam are based on the American Board of Surgery Certifying Exam, with only minor variations. Specialists get three questions in their discipline in a GS Small Group setting.

   Objectives of Specialist Select Group:
  •  Deep immersion for several days in the mindset of the exam.
  •  Ongoing analysis of multiple scenarios, with variations, and the process-thinking and communication skills required to navigate them.
  •  Duplication of exam conditions so you become acclimated to the environment.
  •  Incrased familarity and comfort with the exam process and speed of the exchange.

   Tuition: $1,480 with the timely payment discount* within 14 days of signup. (Normally $1,780. Save $300) (You can request more than 3 practice scenarios in the Specialist Group at added cost.)

Surgical Specialty Qualifying (Written) Board Courses

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  INTRODUCTION to Specialty Written Exam, Overview of Course Options   (Click to flip open/closed.)

OPTIMIZE YOUR PREPARATION
Introduction

    The Qualifying Examination is designed to measure high-level process thinking and decision making in a written environment where multiple answers may be correct, but one only is the "best" answer.
    Dr. Argy's experienced guidance dramatically improves the effectiveness of study time, retention and processing of information, and test-taking abilities.

  •  ¬†Questions on the Qualifying Examination and ABSITE come in two forms: 1) recall, and 2) processing. Processing questions represent the majority of questions. The well prepared candidate will have prompt, adaptable, well-organized thinking, and skills associated with understanding how questions are structured, careful reading and acquisition of information, review of the possible responses, and how best to answer.
  •  Timing of preparation is a critical aspect of success. For candidates preparing for the first time, I suggest preparation start 2-3 months before the next exam. For candidates with prior exam experience, preparation with Odyssey should start 4-6 months in advance of the next exam to give the candidate time to prepare effectively without being rushed.   •  The well prepared candidate will be able to organize and deliver information in a clear, concise, comfortable, confident, capable and adaptable manner. These are not innate skills, nor are they taught in residency. These skills are as sophisticated as learning a new surgical procedure, and are most quickly acquired under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
  •  Principles of effective and efficient reading for written questions is not optimally achieved with the usual methods of blunt memorization used by most candidates. ¬† Dr. Argy's experienced guidance dramatically improves the effectiveness of study time, retention and processing of information, and test-taking abilities to help you achieve your optimal exam performance.

MAXIMIZE YOUR PERFORMANCE
Overview of GS Written Course Options

    Odyssey offers a number of course options that can be individualized to the needs of each individual candiate. All courses are taught exclusively by Dr. Argy, so you benefit from his 20 years of experience and proven teaching methods to achieve your highest possible degree of confidence and preparedness.
    Each course option is described in greater detail in the panels below:

  • Private Tutorial •

one-on-one intensive preparation for a 7 hour day

  • Shared Tutorial •

intensive prep with 2-4 candidates in a 7 hour day

  • Crescendo •

intensive one-on-one prep on a hourly basis via VIdeo Teleconference

  Private Tutorial   (Intensive, completely individualized one-on-one training)     (Click to flip open/closed.)
   Description: A Private Tutorial is a an extremely intensive, highly effective, one-on-one session, usually lasting seven hours. Odyssey's database clearly indicates that candidates with prior exam experience, or candidates who have serious pressure to pass on their next attempt, improve their performance by starting with a Tutorial, usually months before their next exam. Dr. Argy gives you his undivided attention, and leverages his 20 years of experience to jumpstart your board preparation. Your strengths and weaknesses are identified and assessed, and a specific, personalized plan for preparation is created.  A Tutorial is arranged at a mutually convenient date for both you and Dr. Argy, starting as early as 5 AM eastern time. Maximum yield from the Private Tutorial occurs when combined with Crescendo Preparation and diligent, committed self-preparation following the recommendations of the Tutorial.

   Objectives of the Shared Tutorial:
  • in-depth analysis of your baseline strengths and weaknesses in exam-taking.
  • careful assessment of baseline reading and study skills.
  • understanding unsucccessful prior exam experiences.
  • personalized understanding of how the exam really works.
  • individualized instruction in efficient and effective study techniques, including reading for presenation and self-practice.

   Summary of the Private Tutorial for Oral Boards:
  • if you have prior exam experience(s), the Tutorial allows you to discover what went wrong the first time(s), and turns it into a learning experience.
  • you learn how the oral exam really works, both in its logistics and the sophisticated organization and communication skills that are required.
  • for the orals, you learn the principles of effective communication, with the prioritization and organization of information, delivered clearly, concisely, and confidently.
  • you get an individualized assessment of your strengths and weaknesses.
  • a specific plan is designed for you to study and practice, to build your strengths and correct your weaknesses.
  • ideally, the Tutorial is followed by weekly Crescendo™ Prep by Video Teleconference, to build and hone your skills further.
   Tuition: $3,200 with the timely payment discount* within 14 days of signup. (Normally $3,700. Save $500) (The cost of a Tutorial is based on what a surgeon can make operating, doing 5 laparascopic cholecystectomies in a 7 hour day at ~ $800 apiece. There is a 30% weekend surcharge.)
  Shared Tutorial   (Ongoing weekly, one-on-one Intensive training via video teleconference)     (Click to flip open/closed.)
   Description: A Shared Tutorial is a an extremely intensive, highly effective, one-on-one session, usually lasting seven hours. Odyssey's database clearly indicates that candidates with prior exam experience, or candidates who have serious pressure to pass on their next attempt, improve their performance by starting with a Tutorial, usually months before their next exam. Dr. Argy gives you his undivided attention, and leverages his 20 years of experience to jumpstart your board preparation. Your strengths and weaknesses are identified and assessed, and a specific, personalized plan for preparation is created.  A Tutorial is arranged at a mutually convenient date for both you and Dr. Argy, starting as early as 5 AM eastern time. Maximum yield from the Shared Tutorial occurs when combined with Crescendo Preparation, and committed self-preparation following Dr. Argy's recommendations.

   Objectives of a Shared Tutorial for Written Exam Preparation:
  • in-depth analysis of your baseline strengths and weaknesses.
  • understanding unsucccessful prior exam experiences.
  • personalized understanding of how the exam really works.
  • individualized instruction in efficient and effective study techniques, including reading for presenation and self-practice.

   Summary of a Shared Tutorial for Written Boards:
  • if you have prior exam experience(s), the Tutorial allows you to discover what went wrong the first time(s), and turns it into a learning experience.
  • you learn how the oral exam really works, both in its logistics and the sophisticated organization and communication skills that are required.
  • for the orals, you learn the principles of effective communication, with the prioritization and organization of information, delivered clearly, concisely, and confidently.
  • you get an individualized assessment of your strengths and weaknesses.
  • a specific plan is designed for you to study and practice, to build your strengths and correct your weaknesses.
  • ideally, the Tutorial is followed by weekly Crescendo™ Prep by Video Teleconference, to build and hone your skills further.
   Tuition: $3,200 with the timely payment discount* within 14 days of signup. (Normally $3,700. Save $500) (The cost of a Tutorial is based on what a surgeon can make operating, doing 5 laparascopic cholecystectomies in a 7 hour day at ~ $800 apiece. There is a 30% weekend surcharge.)
  Crescendo   (Weekly one-on-one prep via Video Teleconference to hone skills.)     (Click to flip open/closed.)
   Description: Crescendo is weekly one-on-one preparation by Video Teleconference that follows a Private or Shared Tutorial and involves practice leading up to the exam for 1 to 2 hours once or twice a week, depending on your progress and personal preferences. Crescendo must be done in combination with a Tutorial. Like a Tutorial, Crescendo Preparation is also arranged at the mutual convenience of the candidate and Dr. Argy, starting as early as 5 AM eastern time.

   Objectives:
  •  make sure you are making the progress you want in all areas of your preparation under Dr. Argy's guidance
  •  reinforce reading and test-taking skills
  •  identify and correct deficiencies in the preparation process
  •  identify and correct the "drift" that typically occurs while trying to acquire new reading and practice skills.
  •  optimize your performance before the exam

   Tuition: is the same as a Private Tutorial on an hourly basis. Candidates typically pay ahead for Crescendo in 4 hour blocks. There is a timely payment discount within 14 days of signup.