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General Information about ABRPhysicsHelp.com
Who is this service for?
The services and materials provided at ABRPhysicsHelp.com are designed for physicists preparing for their ABR Part 1 Written Exam, ABR Therapeutic Physics Part 2 Written Exam or Part 3 Oral Exam as part of the initial certification process to become Diplomats of the American Board of Radiology (DABR).
What is your statement of purpose?
This site exists to provide examinees for the American Board of Radiology's Part 1, 2 and 3 Therapeutic Medical Physics Oral Exams with a cost-effective and quality study solution that is specifically catered to the depth, scope, and organization of these exams. The information contained within is not designed to provide the user with any specific recollections of former exam questions but, rather, to present the user with a bank of information that has been intensively sculpted to maximize the efficacy of study with particular emphasis on retention and mental organization for the clinical therapeutic physicist. We feel that the ABR provides an excellent means of allowing the Physics community to self-police the quality of our practitioners. However, there is little to no clarity with regards to letting the examinee know what is expected of them to be prepared for their medical physics board exams. Our goal is to bridge the gap between the ABR and the exam without compromising the ethical quality of certification value.
Are the materials here useful for pursuing MOC credits?
We have no doubt that the materials found herein are clinically useful and would be of interest to the practicing, certified Medical Physicist. However, if you are trying to obtain MOC credits, we would direct you to sites such as the AAPM's Online Learning Center which has a plethora of wonderful resources and opportunities for obtaining credits for the purpose of meeting your Maintenance of Certification requirements. The quizzes associated with these MOC credit-potential presentations are often written from a different perspective than the preparation materials found here in that MOC quizzes are often testing if you've paid attention and retained the appropriate information from specific presentations or papers whereas our materials are written from the perspective of mastering an exam. There is some overlap here, and we do have TG Report summaries that could be useful in digesting those reports, but the summaries that we have included here are carefully chosen to complement success with the ABR therapy physics part 1, 2 or oral exam and don't reflect the full availability of TG reports from the AAPM (which is extensive and may often be too detailed for the oral exam).
If you are attempting to learn how best to navigate the waters of MOC, we have prepared a brief summary of how to initiate this process after passing your oral exam. This is available here. MOC can be a difficult system to master especially with all of the changes to the program that we are digesting. It is our hope that the summary found via the link provides some useful guidance on how to begin this next phase of the Medical Physicist's career. We have also kept this information on the publically available side of the site so that it remains available to subscribers (and anyone that might find it useful). We, of course, welcome questions or suggestions.
Are the materials found here useful for studying for the MOC exam?
The materials found here, while certainly relevant, are sculpted specifically to help focus studies for the ABR's certification part 1, 2 and oral exam. While we are evaluating how we might develop materials to aid physicists post-certification, we cannot, at this time, say that the materials found herein are appropriate for the MOC exam (especially as this exam evolves). With that being said, you will find a collection of clinically up-to-date and relevant information with a broad question database that would prove useful as refresher material and facilitate testing practice. If you have any other questions regarding this, please feel free to contact us and visit our sample materials.
Are the materials found here useful for studying for the ABR's Physics Part 2 exam?
Yes! We are pleased to announce the availability of part 2 specific materials.
Do you offer part 1 materials?
Yes! We are pleased to announce the availability of part 1 specific materials.
How does the PayPal subscription work?
All of our payments are processed through PayPal, a trusted and secure payment solution. They will be responsible for the security of your financial information, and our systems will never see your credit card information only getting a notification of successful payment from PayPal at which point a username and password are generated. We never see any of your financial information through this transaction. As a subscription-based service, customers are automatically re-enrolled for the service until the user cancels the subscription by using the unsubscribe button located on the membership page.
Why use PayPal subscriptions?
We use PayPal largely for your convenience and financial security. Using their subscription services, we never see your credit card number, your subscription is handled using their well-developed platform, and you get the benefit of PayPal's accounting (something which we aren't now nor ever want to be good at) while we get to stick to developing content and working on advanced preparation materials.
Does my subscription come with a guarantee?
We do offer a guarantee with a subscription to our annual plan. In order to activate this, just shoot us an email notifying us that you failed to pass your exam, and we will renew your membership free of charge until you do. For more information, visit this link.
What happens if I forget to cancel my subscription and it automatically renews?
Not a problem. Just shoot us an email, and we can cancel your subscription and refund your accidental renewal.
Why is the cost so low for this site versus other ABR Physics Exam study sites?
The costs associated with the certification process can be staggering when you consider exam fees for a three-part exam, materials, travel, accommodations, and even time away from your job. But, because of the importance and impact of becoming certified through this long and arduous process, you may feel pressured to pay the large fees that are being charged by other services. We intentionally set our costs low for this particular service so as to not take advantage of this pressure. In spite of our long term devotion and labor in developing this product, we want this cost to be the smallest expenditure of any you make for this exam, and we want this service to be available to whoever would benefit from its use. Rest assured that the low costs of this service do not correlate to the high quality and extensive content at ABRPhysicsHelp.com. Why not give it a try using our demos or even our $5 three day trial subscription that will give you access to the full site?
I would like to sign up specifically to study for either the parts 1, 2, or 3 exams exclusively. How can I subscribe for just one exam?
After a great deal of consideration, we decided that we would like to make the study guides for both exams available to all who subscribe. This means that any subscription will get you access to parts 1, 2 and 3 materials. The reason we chose to do this was two-fold. First, other study sites, for example, might ask you to sign up for part 2 and then go through this process again for part 3. We feel that these tests are so close together that preparation should really be viewed as one extended step instead of two disjointed ones. We think that if you think of this process as such beginning with part 2 and continuing through part 3, then the study process will be much more efficient for you. And, to boot, we really didn't want to limit the availability of material based on making you distinguish which test you were studying for. Secondly, we feel that there is a great deal of overlap in the materials shared between the parts 1, 2, and 3 exams. You'll notice this reflected in the overlap of materials available on either the parts 1, 2, or 3 sides of the site layout. But, we also appreciate and understand that there is a very important distinction between the skills that are being tested with those two exams. That is why we also made sure to organize the materials specific to either part 1, 2 or part 3 (so that we could focus on developing those all-important skills with you and that those skills would be appropriate to the exam that you are focusing on).
If I sign up for your site before taking part 2 and then pass this exam, am I going to have to change my subscription or pay extra to change my subscription to study for part 3?
No. The way that we have chosen to organize this site allows all subscribers to access either the part 2 or part 3 focused material. You need only go through one subscription to access either or both of these materials at any time during your studies.
I would like to study for both part 2 and part 3 at once instead of spending a bunch of extra time splitting up studying for those exams and having to start fresh with part 3. Can I do that with a subscription?
Yes! In fact, this is exactly our philosophy. The time frame between these exams is very tight (way more condensed than between your part 1 and part 2 days). Also, the materials are very similar and have a great deal of overlap. So, why not use this fact to boost your study efficiency? That is, with very little additional effort you could double your study output by being cognizant of the fact that you will also be taking part 3 in so many months after part 2.
Now with this being said, we've organized our site layout so that both part 2 and part 3 materials are available to all subscribers but that there still remains a clear distinction between the materials available to part 2 versus part 3. After all, you'll be using a calculator way more for part 2 than you would be for part 3 (which would actually be not at all for part 3), so we want to be sure to highlight problems requiring more intricate calculations for part 2 but not part 3. Likewise, you'll need to practice your communication skills and ability to think on your feet for part 3 (whereas, for part 2, it's just you and a computer). So we've highlighted practicing those skills on the part 3 side of the site.
Access and Technical Information
Are the materials at ABR Physics Help accessible on an iPhone? How about Android phones? Kindles?
We have successfully tested the site on many devices in order to ensure the highest degree of access while studying for your ABR exams making ABRPhysicsHelp.com the most portable study solution available. However, sometimes the desktop version of Safari has slight problems in its rendering of the website which we are actively pursuing. While certainly still useable, a simple solution is to use an alternate browser such as Firefox or Chrome on Apple computers. The mobile versions of Safari seem to be immune and render properly.
When and how will I get my login information?
Once PayPal notifies us of a successful payment, you will automatically receive login credentials sent to the email associated with your PayPal account. After logging in the first time, you are free to change your password in your user profile.
Can I change my password?
Yes. This can be done by logging in using your current credentials. Then, click on the "Profile" tab which will bring up your user profile. Click on "Edit Profile" enter a new password and click "Submit".
Will I have to install any special software to use the features of this site?
General Information Regarding ABRPhysicsHelp.com Content
What exactly will I get if I subscribe?
- A comprehensive study guide reflecting the range and depth of the ABR Therapeutic Physics Part 1, 2 and Oral Exams
- A unique and engaging quiz platform
- Thousands of continuously revolving questions designed for retention, not blatant memorization of appropriate study materials
- Study tips from DABR certified physicists
- Clarification of what to expect for your ABR Part 1 Written Exam, ABR Physics Part 2 Written Exam and Part 3 Oral Exam before your exams
- Quick questions to start your study days thinking holistically
- A user-friendly website free of clutter and unnecessary ads
- Mobile friendly access
- Easy subscription services powered by PayPal
- Part 1, Part 2 and Oral exam simulations
- Materials organized specifically based on the ABR’s part 1, 2 and oral exam testing formats
- Affordable costs
How much material is available at ABRPhysicsHelp.com?
The materials at ABRPhysicsHelp.com are constantly being contributed to, updated, reviewed, and revised, but, in the interest of disclosure and if you are simply interested, the following lists some approximate statistics of the materials accumulated within the site.
- Number of Study Topics: 85
- Number of Informational Articles: 15
- Number of Standard (8 1/2 by 11) Pages of Material (not including questions): 908
- Number of Original Illustrations, Images, and Animations Developed Exclusively for ABRPhysicsHelp.com: 1200+
- Number of Questions Associated with the Study Quizzes: 2500+
- Number of Study Quizzes: 180
- Number of Study Slides: 300+
- Number of Quick Questions: 150+
- Number of Exam Tips of the Day: 130+
- Number of "Complex" type questions for Part 2 studies: 360+
- Number of Practice Oral Exam Questions: 125 oral exam type questions (please see the question below regarding oral exam questions)
Materials are continually being developed for the site from added content, additional repetition materials, and materials deemed necessary for addition based on the current exams and state of the field. However, with that being said, we work very hard to make sure that our materials are of quality and not quantity and that the materials are written appropriately for the scope and depth of this exam.
Has the material provided at ABR Physics Help been endorsed by the ABR or the AAPM?
No, ABRPhysicsHelp.com is neither endorsed by nor affiliated with the American Board of Radiology or American Association of Physicists in Medicine. The motivation behind the creation of this site was to provide quality and cost-effective study guidance and support for a difficult and ambiguously defined exam process.
Does your site include any recollection or recall material from previous ABR Physics Exams?
No. Our goal at ABR Physics Help is not to give you the exam. Rather, it is to help you prepare and guide you on your road to becoming a strong, well-rounded Medical Physics practitioner for the betterment of our profession as a whole. You can prepare with us knowing that you are studying honestly and ethically upholding the honorable principles that the certification credentials reflect.
What does the ABR think about exam preparation assistance?
According to the ABR's Exam Security Policy (revision: March 28th, 2014), "Exam preparation groups, as well as topical reviews, are permitted and encouraged as a means of preparation for examinations. The writing of sample questions and sample examinations, and the simulation of the exam setting, are also permitted and encouraged, as long as the questions used are not recalled questions." The policy makes a clear emphasis that, "[...] explicit recollections of exact questions, answer choices, and (supposed) correct answers" are not permissible.
At ABRPhysicsHelp.com, we have made a considerable effort to ensure that our materials are in agreement with these policies. On this site, you will not find recollections of exact exam materials made from the authors of the site or taken from others' experiences. Rather, you will find sample questions, simulations, and much more all with the goal of assisting others with mastering the knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical therapeutic medical physics for the intended betterment of the examinee and profession as a whole. The information needed to successfully navigate these exams is included on this site, but it has been formatted in such a way that the goal is clear that this site is about education and professional growth and not about memorizing specific questions to be regurgitated on exam day.
Do the materials found herein undergo any sort of review process?
Yes, they do. To this date, we have utilized numerous independent reviewers for the purpose of providing feedback and review of the materials and questions contained within the site while these reviewers go through their test experience. These reviewers have provided feedback regarding the technical details and accuracy of the questions and documents and also broad scope suggestions and requests from the perspective of current test-takers. Finally, they have policed the site to make sure that the site is living up to its mission of being a reputable, high quality, and ethical study solution. We have used these independent reviewers to great success each year that the site has been active. We, furthermore, have an internal mechanism that allows any users to "flag" questions that they feel are in need of being reviewed. We, of course, welcome any communication from users with critiques, suggestions, or questions. (All of our reviewers have adhered to our ethical goals by providing both technical and general review and feedback without providing any over-specific details of their personal exam experiences).
Will there be more materials developed for this site?
Yes. Materials are constantly being developed and updated for this site due to the constant evolution of technology, changing scope of required professional knowledge, and the expectations of the ABR Physics Exam certification process.
Why isn't there a summary and questions written for all available TG Reports?
This is because not all TG Reports include materials appropriate for the breadth and depth of this exam. Part of the advantage of using this material to guide your studies is in the focus of the materials toward the ABR's part 1, 2 or 3 exam allowing you to skip sifting through the infinite amount of material that may not be appropriate or necessary to succeed in this exam.
Can you add more questions that look like the actual ABR oral exam questions?
We do have questions in the Final Preparations material that are representative of the format of questions you'll encounter in the ABR's oral exam. However, we have strived in preparing this material so that we never cross the line of going from a study tool to simple regurgitation of recollection material. We do believe, though, that an examinee deserves knowing what to expect when taking an exam, and it is in that interest that we prepared a sampling of materials presented with the timing, look, and layout of exam questions. The materials covered are certainly relevant to Medical Physics practice and mastery of these topics is essential to success with the exam, but the specific questions are also, to the best of our knowledge, not actual questions that we received nor have any knowledge of their existence in the ABR's question bank. Their inclusion and presentation in the materials found herein are designed to help you in your preparation by allowing you to practice and learn what to expect from the exam.
When should I start preparing for my oral exam?
Everyone has different approaches and timelines for studying for exams. However, at ABRPhysicsHelp.com, we encourage the philosophy that slow and steady wins the race. There is certainly a great deal of evidence that supports the claim that wide-scope, comprehensive exams are best tackled by starting studying earlier and in smaller, more consistent packets. We realize, though, that personal situations are very different for examinees, and so we offer multiple study packages to help fit your specific needs and keep your study costs as low as possible. As one final note, it is okay, and typical, to give yourself a little break from studying after you've received your part 2 results. It's far better than burning out in February!
I've just conditioned my oral exam. Can I sign up for the site now and get good preparation in time for the condition exam?
Yes, there is less time between the oral exam and the condition exam than there was between part 2 and the oral exam. This site can save you time in trying to organize materials based on the category or categories that you need to focus on because this has already been done for the materials contained herein. Furthermore, we've prepared guide materials specific to the condition exam that we think you'll find helpful.
How should I best utilize this site to study?
We have put much thought and effort into designing a study format that fosters retention of material without just throwing it all at you in one giant chunk with no variation. We have put together a suggested study guide that we think would suit many people. The trick to studying for a huge exam such as the ABR Physics Oral Exam is to do it slowly over a long period of time. This will improve your retention for the test in the long term which is even more important.