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ACZM Exam Prep Courses


American College of Zoological Medicine Exam Preparation and Study Courses

 

Basic Information

The American College of Zoological Medicine’s Education Committee is proud to sponsor Exam Preparation and Study Courses in conjunction with the various conferences of 2019. As there will be no traditional short course in 2019, these courses offered in association with conferences will be the only training courses offered by the ACZM.

 

Who Should Take these Courses?

Anyone interested in learning more about the American College of Zoological Medicine, those that are interested in seeking Diplomate status, are in the process of preparing for examination, or any individual who is interested in and can benefit from in-depth, up-to-date, literature-based review lectures on zoological medicine.  The exam preparation and study course is administered and instructed by ACZM Diplomates and other specialists.


Overall Course Description and Schedule: 

 

First Section: (Morning) Introduces the attendee to the history and mission of the ACZM, reasons for becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine, how to become eligible to take the ACZM examination, and provide study and test-taking strategies. A special focus will be given to the Job Task Analysis which represents an important aspect in examination design. Anyone with any interest in becoming board eligible or taking the ACZM examination would be expected to benefit from this section, especially those not familiar with ACZM and the board examination. Furthermore two in depth topics will be taught by experts.

 

Lunch will be provided in addition to coffee breaks, to allow opportunity for networking and sharing experiences/personal study strategies. 

 

Second Section: (Afternoon) Additional lectures intended to cover specific zoological medicine topics in-depth will be provided. These lectures are meant to be a thorough review of the literature and help the attendee prepare their study strategy and organization of the topics. Anyone interested in in-depth reviews of zoological medicine, including most up-to-date published information would be expected to benefit from this section. The teaching will end with a mock essay exam and a discussion of the results. 

Second Day: Some of the ACZM Exam Prep courses include a second day (half day, in the morning) session with additional topic reviews and mock test opportunities.

 

Announcement

American College of Zoological Medicine Exam Preparation and Study Course

In conjunction with:

2019 Conference of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

St. Louis, MO USA

 

As in previous years, the American College of Zoological Medicine’s Education Committee will sponsor an exam preparation and study course in conjunction with the Conference of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Also similar to previous years, the course will be 1.5 days to facilitate additional study material, networking opportunities, and additional mock examinations. 

 

The ACZM Exam Preparation and Study Course will be held the weekend before the AAZV conference:

Saturday, September 28 (8am – 5pm) - Sunday, September 29 (8am – 1pm)

 

What information will be discussed? 

A brief introduction to the history and mission of the ACZM, the credentialing process, and an overview of the exam itself will be discussed.  Time allowing, study and test-taking strategies will also be reviewed. A special focus will be given to the new changes to the grading of the ACZM exam that will be implemented this year. Anyone with any interest in becoming board eligible or taking the ACZM examination would be expected to benefit from this section, especially those not familiar with college and the board examination.  

 

Several review topics will be presented, allowing for discussion time with ACZM-board certified diplomats. All lectures will be focused in-depth reviews of a topic pertinent to zoological medicine, including the most up-to-date published information within the last five years.  Lunchwill be provided in addition to coffee breaks, to allow opportunity for networking and sharing experiences/personal study strategies.  Following the day 1 lectures, a mock multiple-choice, essay, and slide examwill be given and discussed. The following morning, additional in-depth topics will be presented, with discussion time. At the end of this year’s course, your ACZM mentors are invited to spend an hour with course participants to discuss some new changes to the ACZM examination and have a question/answer session with examination committee members. 

 

A detailed schedule can be found at the end of this announcement.

                                       

Who should take this course?

Anyone interested in learning more about the American College of Zoological Medicine, those that are interested in seeking Diplomate status, are in the process of preparing for examination, or any individual who is interested in and can benefit from in-depth, up-to-date, literature-based review lectures on zoological medicine.  The exam preparation and study course is administered and instructed by ACZM Diplomates and other specialists.

 

Will this help me prepare for ACZM boards?

YES!The course has been designed by recent ACZM graduates, several of which are currently on the ACZM examination committee.  Every effort has been made to ensure all information presented is both accurate and boards-relevant material.  In addition, this course provides an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues and develop study groups for the exam. 

 

What is the cost?  

The cost of this course is $250/person for early registration (until September 6st) and $300/person for late registration.

 

The link for the registration:ACZM Exam Prep Course 

 

The cost includes an electronic version of ACZM information handouts, in-depth lecture materials (notes and power points), lunch on the first course day, and refreshments on both days. 

 

Who do I contact for additional information? 

For more information on registration or the course itself, please contact:

 

Dr. Olivia Petritz (olivia.dvm@gmail.com)    

 

If not planning on attending the AAZV conference, but still interested in attending the course, please contact the above directly.

 

NOTE: If there are not enough registrants by September 13th, the course will be cancelled and payments returned.

 

ACZM EXAM PREPARATION AND STUDY COURSE DETAILED SCHEDULE

September 28-29, 2019

St. Louis, MO

In conjunction with the Conference of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians


Saturday: September 28rd

Room: Grand A on the 4th floor

 

8:00 – 9:30:Welcome and Introduction (Olivia Petritz)

Credentialing and application process for the ACZM exam

Exam Structure, Job Task Analysis

Brief review of study strategies 

 

9:30-10:00:Coffee and refreshment break, concurrent with other workshops

            

10:00-11:00: Diseases of wild rodents(Sara Gardhouse)

11:00-12:00: Fish parasites (Claire Erlacher-Reid)

12:00-1:15: Lunch – We will walk to a local cafe for a catered lunch, included in your registration cost

1:15-2:15: Zoo animal welfare (Sathya Chinnadurai)                                                                       

2:15-3:15: Avian anatomy and physiology: an ACZM review (Olivia Petritz)                                                                                          

3:15-3:30: Coffee and refreshment break (concurrent with other AAZV workshops)            

3:30-5:00:Mock testing—multiple choice, essay, and slide exam                               

 

Sunday: September 29th

Room: Parkview

8:00 – 9:00:  Penguins (Michelle Davis)                                                                              

9:00 – 10:00: Equids (Tara Harrison) 

10:00 – 10:30: Coffee, refreshment break (concurrent with other AAZV workshops)

10:30 – 11:30: How to efficiently review journal articles (Matt Kinney)                                                       

11:30-12:30: Mentor-Mentee roundtable discussion: Debunking ACZM exam myths                            

12:30 – 1:00: Course wrap up and evaluations