For most people, the beginning of the fall semester brings with it happy thoughts of cooler weather, football and pumpkin-flavored everything.
However, if you are a fourth-year optometry student it means the beginning of a new externship, traveling to North Carolina to complete NBEO Part III, and finding the time to prepare for NBEO Part II.
If you are one of those fourth-year students, I hope that you find this article helpful. Here is a list, in no particular order, of some of the top study resources for NBEO Part II including summaries and prices.
Price: 60-day access $279; 90-day access $299
Summary: OptoPrep is a 100 percent online study program that offers more than 200 cases with more than 1,000 questions. The online format offered claims to simulate the actual NBEO exam while offering a detailed answer explanation for every question. Answer choices are randomized to help alleviate memorization of repeat questions.
2) KMK – NBEO Review Part II
Summary: This is a blended study approach offering the KMK review course textbook and online review material. KMK provides a “roadmap” that acts as your organizational guide through the Part II material. The roadmap includes goals and deadlines to help keep you on track. It includes KMK’s 4th edition textbook (updated July 2015), online video tutorials that walk you through 76 different cases, interactive flashcards, and an image gallery of more than 160 images. Review questions are offered through the interactive flashcards, as well as multiple quizzes and a TMOD-specific exam.
3) The Berkeley Study Guide Part II, Patient Assessment and Management (12th Edition)
Summary: The Berkeley Guide is a comprehensive review that is organized according to topics suggested by the NBEO. The 12th edition has 223 pages of review and 73 sample PAM cases with corresponding images.
4) Butterworth Heinemann’s: Review Questions for the NBEO Examination Part II
Price: Amazon: Used starting at $14.99; New starting at $111.70
Summary: This book offers 1,000 multiple-choice questions with explanatory answers. The questions are organized by topic and proportional to question breakdown of the actual exam. New editions come with a CD-ROM that includes 500 questions with explanatory answers, quizzes and images.
5) The Wills Eye Manual: Office and Emergency Room Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Disease (6th Edition)
Price: Varies. Amazon $20 – $80
Summary: The bad news about this is that it isn’t technically a review course for NBEO Part II. The good news is that you, a classmate, or a professor likely already has this book. Wills Eye Manual is a pocket-sized reference guide for diagnosis and management for hundreds of ocular conditions. The text is written in a concise outline format and includes high-definition photographs, symptoms and treatment plans for more than 200 ophthalmic conditions. It is a highly recommended study/clinical resource by several of my professors at NSUOCO and is often referred to as our “clinical bible”.
One of the most beneficial (and FREE) resources all students have access to is the NBEO website. The NBEO website offers information on exam content, sample test items, sample PAM patient cases and sample drug lists. Make sure you utilize this resource to get a feel for what to expect on test day.
To all of my fellow fourth years I’d like to wish you good luck and happy studying! Let’s kill it!
Brooke M. Harkness (Pacific University College of Optometry, left) and Emily M. Korszen (Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry) received the National Board of Examiners in Optometry Norman Wallis Award for attaining the top scores in Part 1 of the National Boards in a presentation at the AOSA General Session.