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Web Tool Aims to Help Medical Trainees Gear Up for Board Exams

The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) this week launched Question Bank, an online study aid designed to help medical students prepare for their US and UK clinical board exams.

The Question Bank, which is available from desktops as well as mobile devices, includes more than 1,000 questions, contributed by "experts in the field and scientific associations as well as private databases on such varied material as transfusion medicine, chemistry, coagulation, toxicology, hematology, immunology, hematopathology, microbiology, blood bank, bacteriology, mycology, and parasitology," according to a statement from AACC. Members of the College of American Pathologists, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and the Association for Clinical Biochemistry also submitted questions for the study tool. The organization plans to add new questions each quarter.

All Question Bank courses are made up of 10 questions. Each course includes three levels of difficulty. The system calculates the user's score at the end of each course. Students achieving a score of 80 percent or higher receive a certificate, which can also be forwarded to his or her mentor.

The Web tool is available to all members of AACC's Clinical ChemistryTrainee Council at no charge. For additional information about the Question Bank, visit

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