Free IFOM Study Guide 2020


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Are you preparing for the IFOM® exam but cannot find a reliable study resource? AMBOSS thought of you and created this document in accordance with the official National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) guidelines.

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What is the IFOM?

The IFOM® exams are standardized, objective exams that are used in various countries (Ukraine, Panama, and Oman, among others) as an international standard to measure the academic performance of their medical graduates.

The IFOM® exams consist of a Basic Science Exam (BSE) and a Clinical Science Exam (CSE), which are both developed and conducted by the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®)–the same body that administers the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®).

Each IFOM® exam comprises 160 multiple-choice questions presented in clinical vignette style to assess a student’s ability to not just recall but also apply their acquired knowledge.

The exam consists of two parts: a multiple choice question (MCQ) written exam, and a clinical skills component.

How to use the AMBOSS IFOM® Study Guide.

This study guide is for any IFOM® candidate looking to revise all exam topics in a structured and comprehensive manner. The topics included are in accordance with the official IFOM® guidelines.

Each topic in the study guide is linked to an AMBOSS article and question bank. Our intelligent learning features help you learn efficiently and effectively. Thus, your exam preparation is tailored to you and exactly what you need to learn- not what you already know.

Why AMBOSS is the only resource you need to ace the IFOM® exams.

AMBOSS offers access to more than 2500 case-based multiple-choice questions on the entire basic sciences curriculum and over 2,200 questions covering the clinical sciences. All these questions are interlinked with a detailed, corresponding Article from the Knowledge Library.

All the content and questions are expertly written by an editorial team of over 60 doctors strictly according to the content guidelines of the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®), which is the body that administers the IFOM® exams. Thus, studying from AMBOSS is sure to provide any student with a closely representative and complete preparation for any NBME®-administered exam, including the IFOM®.

How have AMBOSS students done on the IFOM previously?

We regularly receive numerous emails and messages from students from all over the world, telling us about how AMBOSS helped prepare them for the IFOM® exams and how it was a big factor in their success. We cannot possibly publish all those messages and experiences. However, we have documented one student’s experience and quotes from a few other students’ experiences here. Please feel free to take a look. Or simply, ask any student in your university that may have recently given their IFOM® exam with AMBOSS. We are sure that they would definitely have a positive experience to share with you.

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Have more questions about the IFOM®?

Find answers to our frequently asked questions (FAQs) here! 

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