Psychiatry Exam

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BoardVitals Psychiatry


A test question bank module located on the BoardVitals platform.

The Psychiatry question bank follows the exam content outline for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) Initial Certification Exam and the PRITE® (in-service exam). This question bank is updated for DSM 5 per ABPN starting Nov. 1, 2018.

According to the ABPN Certification Exam in Psychiatry Content Blueprint, the following topics are covered:

  • Dimension 1: Psychiatric Disorders and Topics
    1. Developmental processes and development through the life cycle
    2. Disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence (Neurodevelopmental disorders)
    3. Substance-related and addictive disorders
    4. Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
    5. Depressive disorders
    6. Bipolar and related disorders
    7. Anxiety disorders
    8. Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
    9. Trauma- and stressor-related disorders
    10. Dissociative disorders
    11. Somatic symptom and related disorders
    12. Eating disorders
    13. Elimination disorders
    14. Sleep-wake disorders
    15. Sexual dysfunctions
    16. Gender dysphoria
    17. Disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders
    18. Personality disorders
    19. Paraphilic disorders
    20. Other conditions that may be a focus of clinical attention
    21. Neurocognitive disorders
    22. Neurologic disorders
    23. Dimension 2 topics without a corresponding Dimension 1 topic
  • Dimension 2: Physician Competencies and Mechanisms
    1. Neuroscience and mechanisms of disease
    2. Behavioral and social sciences
    3. Clinical aspects of psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders
    4. Diagnostic procedures
    5. Treatment
    6. Interpersonal and communication skills
    7. Professionalism, ethics, and the law
    8. Practice-based learning and improvement
    9. Systems-based practice


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