Dr. Rayel’s psychopharmacology review books are intended specifically for Part A (Basic Concepts in Psychiatry) preparation. However with the books’ coverage of many psychiatric disorders, they can be used to review for Part B (Neurology and Neurosciences) and Part C (Clinical Psychiatry) of the exam as well.
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Psychiatry Certification Exam
In 2011, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) started a new certification format for physicians who began psychiatry residency in 2007 (PGY-1) or 2008 (PGY-2).
Format of Certification Exam
Part A tests the basic concepts in psychiatry. Part B tests neurology and neurosciences, and Part C deals with clinical psychiatry or cases which is perhaps the most difficult component.
Number of Exam Questions
The certification exam has a total of 480 questions. Part A and Part B have 120 stand-alone questions each. Part C has 240 questions with an audio clip, video, or text vignettes.