Friday, November 10, 2006


Blueprints Obstetrics and Gynecology (Blueprints)

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Blueprints Pediatric Infectious Diseases (Blueprints)

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Designed as a quick read for both students on a pediatrics rotation and others who want to
know more about the specialty, Blueprints Pediatric Infectious Diseases covers the
essentials of pediatric infectious diseases that every practitioner will need to know.

Pocket-sized and practical, these books will cover the most common conditions students are
likely to encounter. Each guide focuses on the essential content students need to know
during a rotation allowing for a fast, easy read. The text emphasizes pathophysiology,
diagnosis, and treatment. Twenty-five multiple-choice and matching review questions are
included to help students test their understanding of the subject.

The book also features valuable appendices on career and residency opportunities,
commonly prescribed medications, and a list of suggested additional reading for those who
would like to learn more.

Blueprints Pediatrics (Blueprints)

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More than just Board review for USMLE, Steps 2 & 3, Blueprints Pediatrics, 3rd edition can help you during clerkship rotations and subinternship. The new edition has been updated with the help of residents to maintain a student-to-student approach. Features include:

* Concise, accurate, clinical high-yield content covering all you need to know for the USMLE and rotations
* USMLE style questions with full explanations provided in the answers
* Key Points in every section highlighting the most important, high-yield information for each topic
* Color-enhanced design to increase the usefulness of figures and tables

Blueprints Medicine (Blueprints)

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Can help you during clerkship rotations and subinternship. They are especially helpful
when studying areas outside your specialty. Physician assistants, nurse practitioners
and osteopaths find Blueprints a helpful companion to their study materials as well.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Rapid Review Pathology (Rapid Review)

After reading BRS and most of Robbins, this remains the strongest resource. Concise for its subject, it covers the important aspects of path while digging for those little, annoying details and disorders that only show up on board exams. Goljan is a true pro at teaching this, with several years at Kaplan and Oklahoma Osteopathic, and he has constantly been grilling students for more information after they have taken their exam. Master this book, and you will not only do well in path, but also have a good foothold in other subjects like pharm, micro, and biochem due to Goljan's ability to integrate several fields into path. His work has continued to help me in third year rotations, as he also discusses diagnostic tests and treatments. The accompanying Q&A CD is unfortunately poorly made, but the quality of questions is very strong. I generally read Robbins or lecture material along with this text to lay a foundation for knowledge, but come test time, you want to cut the fat, and every word here is money. Try to get the accompanying audio CDs off Ebay for reinforcement. I largely credit Goljan's materials along with Robbins Review of Path (question book) for a 98 percentile on the path shelf and a 258 on Step I. This man may have taught me more academic medicine than anyone else. I truly hope you can benefit from this text as well.