SPEX PREPARATION COURSE

 

 

 

SPEX PREPARATION COURSE

 

 

 

With an extremely high failure rate the Special Purpose Examination (SPEX) requires appropriate study to reach a passing grade. Designed by the faculty of the Federation of State Medical Boards this one day test is continuously in evolution. In its present incarnation there are 336 questions divided into 7 sections. Each section has 48 questions with a completion time of 64 minutes. Federation of State Board Literature is not precise concerning the contents of this exam. Many who have come to this test believed that minimal study was needed to pass. They were very surprised when their exam grades came in the mail. Required by state medical boards these entities provide minimal to no information in the exam’s contents or preparation. This mini course evolved out of the need for potential examinees to be provided with guidance on which subject matter to emphasize in their studies and which instructional material will give them the greatest chance of a successful passage of this exam.

 

 

 

Core Internal Medicine subjects are only part of this exam. A vast array of specialties which include multiple disciplines in surgery, pediatrics, genetics, psychiatry, medical statistics, obstetrics/gynecology and radiology have appeared on recent tests. This course will discuss question types which have appeared in current exams for the latter subject matter and allow the physician the maximum use of his or her study time. The course runs 2-3 hours and is performed by phone at a mutually agreed time. The cost is $300.  Please contact Mark Davis, MD at platomd@gmail.com with questions or to schedule a time to take the course.

 

 

Dr. Mark Davis, MD has counseled many physicians to help them in their ultimate goal to pass this exam.  Preparation from this course will be an invaluable aid in achieving a passing grade or better. Please contact Dr. Davis as soon as you know the SPEX is required for your medical licensure.  platomd@gmail.com

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SPECIAL PURPOSE EXAMINATION (SPEX) COURSE

 

 

 

SPECIAL PURPOSE EXAMINATION (SPEX) COURSE

 

 

 

With an extremely high failure rate the Special Purpose Examination (SPEX) requires appropriate study to reach a passing grade. Designed by the faculty of the Federation of State Medical Boards this one day test is continuously in evolution. In its present incarnation there are 336 questions divided into 7 sections. Each section has 48 questions with a completion time of 64 minutes. Federation of State Board Literature is not precise concerning the contents of this exam. Many who have come to this test believed that minimal study was needed to pass. They were very surprised when their exam grades came in the mail. Required by state medical boards these entities provide minimal to no information in the exam’s contents or preparation. This mini course evolved out of the need for potential examinees to be provided with guidance on which subject matter to emphasize in their studies and which instructional material will give them the greatest chance of a successful passage of this exam.

 

 

 

Core Internal Medicine subjects are only part of this exam. A vast array of specialties which include multiple disciplines in surgery, pediatrics, genetics, psychiatry, medical statistics, obstetrics/gynecology and radiology have appeared on recent tests. This course will discuss question types which have appeared in current exams for the latter subject matter and allow the physician the maximum use of his or her study time. The course runs 2-3 hours and is performed by phone at a mutually agreed time. The cost is $300.  Please contact Mark Davis, MD at platomd@gmail.com with questions or to schedule a time to take the course.

 

 

Dr. Mark Davis, MD has counseled many physicians to help them in their ultimate goal to pass this exam.  Preparation from this course will be an invaluable aid in achieving a passing grade or better. Please contact Dr. Davis as soon as you know the SPEX is required for your medical licensure.  platomd@gmail.com

SPEX TEST TUTORING A NECESSITY TO GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME AROUND

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SPEX TEST TUTORING A NECESSITY TO GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME AROUND

 

Failure rates for the Special Purpose Exam (SPEX) are extremely high. Federation of State Medical Boards provides vague literature concerning this exam. There are topics on this test not apparent when reading Federation literature. State medical boards, who require this exam, provide minimal to no information about the contents of this difficult exam. As a SPEX test tutor I provide content which has been seen on recent exams. Those tutored are directed to certain topic materials which have shown up in the last few years. In addition I discuss various pieces of literature which could move the physician in the direction of a passing grade. Contact Mark Davis MD at platomd@gmail.com or 410-515-7858 to make a tutorial appointment. Fees are reasonable and worth the cost.

 

POLITICIZATION OF THE MARYLAND BOARD OF PHYSICIANS

 

Politicization of the Maryland Board of Physicians

 

 

 

Few administrative authorities in Maryland are as corrupt as the State’s Board of Physicians. Delegitimized by a cooperative effort with the State’s Attorney General’s Office physician licensing is mere numbers game to them. Utilizing blatantly false evidence in association with paid medical vigilantes medical license revocation has been brought to a high art form in this very blue state. I have been through this process twice. Each time the lies and misrepresentations by the medical board get deeper and the litigation longer. Facts get in the way of their ultimate agenda to sanction as many physicians as they can. Though the State government has provided a level of safeguards for physicians being inspected by the medical board these regulations are generally circumvented. With the help of a judiciary hostile to physician plaintiffs the medical board tends to obtain decisions favorable to them no matter where the evidence lies.

 

 

 

In my first confrontation with the Board of Physicians in 1990 the author was not aware of many facts at the time. Two physicians who came to review the author’s work at a nursing home he managed had perjured themselves in documentation and at an administrative hearing, were not in the same field as the author and had no authority to review him. Worse these facts and others were hidden by an eager Attorney General’s Office managed by J. Joseph Currans trying to be reelected. When the author had an opportunity through Freedom of Information request to see the documents that included these embedded facts he filed a lawsuit. To cover up the unlawfulness of his office Attorney General Curran’s representatives quickly enabled the author to regain his medical license on or about 1995.

 

 

 

In the author’s last go around with this corrupt entity one of the two Board witnesses engaged by this administrative entity sided with this physician as well as the judge in the Office of Administrative Hearings.That was not enough for these cretins who decide physician licensure. Their appointed lawyer, Robert Gilbert from the Attorney General’s office, brought charges knowing that one their expert witnesses completely disagreed with the charging document’s contents. The Board turned around their own judge’s ruling giving the author a 3 year revocation. Then on request for reinstatement, after passing a national test of clinical knowledge, was denied a license. To wound the author further the Board’s director wrote to the author not to reapply again. Corruption in this entity is not to be taken lightly. My case in not unique yet exemplifies a process that destroys careers even when there is minimal or no root cause.

 

 

 

Attorney General’s Office is supposed to bring factual data to the table when taking a case against a physician into an Administrative Hearing. In this physician’s case that did not happen nor was he allowed to defend himself because of quirks in Board Law. Nearly every rule of judicial and Board etiquette was circumvented to obtain a result that never should have ended in the way it did against this physician. Maryland physicians who have been dragged through the mud by the Board and the Attorney General’s Office are aware of the intrinsic

 

unfairness embedded in the civil prosecution of physicians. Doctors have few rights and even fewer abilities to effectuate a positive outcome when confronted by a Board that has lost sight of its reason for being and a judiciary in the tank for the Board. There is much more to this story including a massive amount of money that went unaccounted for from the author’s nursing home when the State intervened in its function in 1990, 157 patients who were displaced from their long term home, 160 workers who lost their jobs and more. Deceit unparalleled by a sitting Attorney General and misrepresentations to the public to keep his backside in a government post he did not deserve were at the forefront of this malicious prosecution. This story needs to be told in an evidence based manner and it will. Mark Davis, MD. platomd@gmail.com.

 

ANSWERS TO INQUIRIES FOR BEST BOOK REVIEWS

 

Thank you for the questions concerning Best Book Reviews. In regards to fees to review a book with a contents of 300 pages or less, $100. Above 300 pages add 25 cents per page. For editing we need to know how many words to edit and when the edit is needed. For example ten thousand words performed within 72 hours $350, within 7 days $300 and within 30 days $250.  In an answer to what type of works we review, edit or proof. Generally nonfiction works of most genres and science fiction. In addition we edit and or proof medical and science articles. Reviews will be posted in 2 locations of the author’s preference. Please contact Best Book Reviews at platomd@gmail.com with any questions or requests. Thanks you for your inquiries. Mark Davis, MD.

 

SPECIAL PURPOSE EXAMINATION SPEX

 

SPEX TUTORIAL SERVICES

 

 

 

     Special Purpose Examination (SPEX) is a complex test designed to examine a physician’s fund of knowledge. Federation of State Medical Boards is the creator of this exam. Physicians who have been out of practice for an extended period of time, depending on their state medical board’s regulations, are required to take this test.

 

     Within the structure of the current exam 336 questions are the substance of this test. These questions are broken down into 7 segments with 64 minutes allocated for each section. Stated in another format each question is allotted 1.3 minutes. Passing grade is 75. States can amend the pass grade as they determine the necessity to. Taken over a one day period insufficient time is given to evaluate each question. The failure rate is high. Many physicians are forced to take this exam two or more times. Crucial to the examinees are the direction in which to apply their studies.

 

     Many books which are designated as SPEX references are either out of date and or inapplicable to the current test format. Federation of State Medical Boards literature is vague to the contents of this exam and misdirects the potential examinee on which information to study. For the aforementioned reasons SPEX TUTORIAL SERVICES came into being.

 

     A “One on One” tutorial with Mark Davis MD, who has extensive knowledge of the SPEX exam’s contents, will emphasize key study areas. Recurrent question formats will be discussed in depth. Areas of study applicable to the SPEX, not mentioned in reference literature will be analyzed extensively. Esoteric subject matter from prior tests will be highlighted. Physicians have found this format with Dr. Davis extremely helpful in their studies to pass the SPEX exam and get back into practice.

 

     Tuition rate for a one on one tutorial with Dr. Davis is $250 per hour. Many physicians purchase 1-2 hours at a time. As the course of their studies progress many doctors return for several more segments. With a physician’s study time limited Dr. Davis adapts his schedule closely  to that of the examinee.

 

    

 

      To schedule time with Dr. Davis please contact him in the following manners: by email at platomd@gmail.com  by office phone: 410-515-7848 or his service at 410-515-7858.

 

BOOK REVIEWS: A NECESSITY IN A VERY COMPETITIVE MARKET

 

  BOOK REVIEWS: A NECESSITY IN A VERY COMPETITIVE MARKET                

 

 

 

Books and reviews are inseparable. Reviews are fingerprints of the authored work they intend to display. A proper critique demands an appropriate analysis to draw out the best in a book. Many books languish, forgotten relics of hard work and vision. My job as a book reviewer is to flesh out important aspects of a publication so potential readers will be drawn into the substance of the work. There are very few bad books. Yet there are many poorly conceived reviews. A reviewer’s challenge is give his or her reader a flavor of the book being considered. With the latter in mind a book review should be authentic, unique and well written.

 

Best Book Reviews came into existence because its owner, Mark Davis MD, was not able to obtain appropriate review services when needed for his works. The few reviewers available requested outrageous prices to perform the work. Dr. Davis has a wide experience reviewing, proofing and copy editing books and journal articles. He reviews nonfiction books of most genres and science fiction. Whether it is a hard back, paper format, E book or other digital representation the review is always thorough, timely and worth the limited expense. Dr. Davis’ rates for review are extremely competitive. Do not let your book languish. A good review highlights booth the author and his work. Please contact Dr. Davis to discuss or perform a review at platomd@gmail.com