Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties

Mock Oral Exam

The video above is a MOCK depiction of the oral exam; offered for illustrative purposes only.

The format of the oral exam is described below:

  • 3- 45 minute sessions
    • one focused on general neurosurgery
    • one on the focus area of the candidates choosing
    • one reviewing candidates own cases
  • Candidates are not permitted to bring a laptop. The two examiners will each have a laptop with the questions displayed on a screen, visable to the candidate
  • In each 45 minute session, 5 questions will be covered
    • Each case should take an average of 9 minutes to review; some take longer (like in the video) and others shorter