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Radiology boards preparation software (Mock boards) - tutorial

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Radiology Boards - the Radiology boards preparation software 

Radiology Boards is a Mock examination software to help preparing for the Radiology Boards.

This tutorial will go step by step through the site and will explain the most important features.

 

Quick note about Radiology Boards:

This examination program is online available and can be accessed from any computer - from home or work.
There are over 8000 multiple choice questions available for the Written and Physics Radiology Boards and users may create their own Mock exams. Exams can be either covering all sections or only selected ones to strengthen your weak areas.
You will receive detailed statistics of your performance after each exam and on a separate site you can observe your "learning curve" based on prior exams. This is helpful to find your weak spots and to focus on them. Not only, that this is more helpful than doing paper exams by getting more information out of your test but it is also more fun: there are many other features on RadiologyBoards.org, such as freetext search for multiple categories, browse feature through all sections and questions and more. And the best: Radiolopolis members can register with only one mouse click!

 

Direct access of Radiology Boards through Radiolopolis

You may access the program by going on "Education" in the top menu (red arrow), selecting "Radiology Boards / Preparation" (green arrow) and then clicking on "Your Radiology Boards / Radiology Mock Boards)" (yellow arrow). (Direct link)

 

The following page asks you if you want to create a (free) account on Radiology Boards. If yes, both databases will be synchronized and from now on you may access Radiology Boards directly from Radiolopolis !

 

 

Create your Mock exam:

After you log in, you may create a new Mock exam by clicking on the lnk "My exams" (red rectangle). A new site opens, showing you all of your finished and started exams (yellow rectangles). You may review your score and statistics (green rectangle) or review the entire exam or continue a paused exam (yellow rectangles).

To start a new exam, click on "Start new exam" (blue rectangle)

Figure 1. Create your Mock exam

 

Design your Mock exam:

You may now design your individual exam by defining parameters such as

  • number of questions
  • timed or untimed exam (currently not activated)
  • repeat questions allowed or not
  • covering all sections or only selected (to focus on weaker areas)

Figure 2. Design your Mock exam:

 

Figure 3. Select either all or only specific sections to be tested

 

 

The exam mode

In the exam mode (after starting a new exam or continuing a paused exam) you will see question with several answer choices. Check the most appropriate answer choice(s) and click on "Next question" to proceed. If you think this question is noteworthy you may mark it by checking "Mark this question".

 

Figure 4. The exam mode

 

A quick access menu provides a list of each question in this particular exam for quick access. It is also a reminder for which questions have not been answered yet and which questions have been marked. The mark feature not only allows you to track the question within the exam but also after you finished the exam.

Figure 5. Quick access menu to every question in the exam.

 

 

The review mode

After you finished the exam, the entire exam and its results can be reviewed under "My exams" (see above). After clicking on "Review exam", you may go through every question and see which one is right or wrong. In addition, a comprehensive explanation is also provided for each question (blue rectangle). Even more detailed information about this question and topic can be reviewed by clicking at the bottom on "More about this question". You may again mark this question for easier tracking.

Figure 6. The review mode

 

 

The learning curve - numeric statistics

You may evaluate your learning progress by checking the "learning curve" link. This section provides you with numeric and graphic statistics about your overall performance. You may also see the progress you made throughout all sections or for each individual section. This allows you to see where you are doing well and where you should focus more. This is especially helpful in the last weeks of your boards preparation when you don't have the time to go through the entire Radiology again but where you could still rescue vital points by improving borderline sections which could make the difference between fail and pass!

Figure 7. The learning curve - numeric statistics of your overall performance

 

The learning curve - graphic statistics

The graphic statistics show you your performance in each individual section over the time. You may review the individual statistics of each exams during the time course (red arrow and red rectangle) and you can also revew the entire exam/section of the exam at that particular time (blue arrow and blue rectangle).

Figure 8. The learning curve - graphic statistics of your performance in individual sections

 

 

Category and question overview

By clicking on "Category list" in the top menu, you find an overview of how many questions are available for each section. There are 2 cestions, the main and the 2nd section. Sometimes a question might cover two sections, in example "Ewing sarcoma" falls into the section "Peds" but also into "MSK".

Figure 9. Category and question overview

 

You may click on each section to see and review every available question for that particular section. As you can see in figure 10, every question is listed and may be reviewed by clicking on "Read question" (red rectangle). In addition the respective section is displayed and can be accessed (blue rectangle). This is particularly useful for the search feature - see "Search" chapter. You may also do a quick search through the entire database (green rectangle), but more about this in the "Search" chapter.

Figure 10. Category and question overview - all questions at once

 

 

Question review mode

You are entering the review mode by clicking on a question. By clicking on the appropriate tabs you may read the question, answer, explanation, literature references and links to similar topics and help by a Radiology specific search engine to find additional peer reviewed information on the Internet (figures 11-14).

 

Figure 11. Question review mode - the question

 

Figure 12. Question review mode - the answer

 

Figure 13. Question review mode - the explanation

 

Figure 14. Question review mode - links to similar topics and peer reviewed information on the Internet

 

 

The search area

By clicking on the "Search" link in the top menu, you enter the search area. The search area allows you to search the entire database in a broad/general fashion or within specific categories (red rectangle). You may narrow your search down by only searching within sections, questions, answers, explanations, diagnoses, keywords and much more...

Figure 15.  The search area allows to perform a comprehensive database search

 

The search results will show you all questions, the sections they belong to and direct links to review the particular question (blue rectangle) or its section (red rectangle).

Figure 16. The search area - a search example

 

Submission area

The submission area is accessed by clicking on "New entry" and provides a template for you to submit new questions. The template contains mandatory fields (upper portion) and optional fields (lower portion). The more information provided, the more valuable the question becomes.

Mandatory information are in example:

  • Section
  • Question
  • Answer choices (check the box of each CORRECT answer choice - you may choose one ore several correct choices)
  • Explanation
  • References (at least one)
  • Keywords

 

Optional information includes:

  • Images (you may upload up to 5 images) with image description (check each image that should be displayed within the question - before the correct answer has been revealed.)
  • Diagnosis
  • Demographics
  • Region/organ
  • Etiology

"Recall" - CAVE! No recall questions from the real boards are allowed per se! However you may fabricate a question on your own which is based on your internal reviews/"recalls" at your institution.

After you entered all necessary information, click "Save entry". You may re-edit the question as often as you want till you think it is ready to be released. To release the question, mark the checkbox "Finalize". Cave: after finalizing, it is not possible anymore to re-edit the question! The administrator will be then notified for peer-review and - if the question is satisfactory - it will be published.

Figure 17. Submission area - creating a new entry

 

 

My entries

You may review all of your created questions by clicking on "My entries" (red arrow). It shows you all questions including a link to further edit the appropriate question (second red rectangle). You may also search through your own, "private" question database for specific terms (similar to the "search area" described in the "Search" section). This search only searches YOUR created questions. This search feature becomes particular valuable when you accumulated a lot of questions and it might be difficult to find a specific one.

Figure 18. Submission area - list of my entries

 

That's it! What are you waiting for? Let's start!!!

 

How to start?

To create an account you first need to register (for free) and update your profile on  www.Radiolopolis.com, including profile picture. Then, you need to create 5 cases in the case gallery. Cases need to be complete with diagnosis, some patient demographics and a description of findings.

That's it! What are you waiting for? Upload your cases here


For every complete five cases we will grant you full access to our entire Radiology Boards program for an entire month.

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