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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Melissa D Tepe, MD, MPH (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is a concise, factual overview of relevant obstetrics/gynecology clinical and medical facts. Pop-ups, graphs, and outlines present the information in an easy-to-read, time-efficient fashion.
Purpose: This is a sleek preparation guide for obstetrics/gynecology residents and clinicians taking either the certification or recertification exams for the obstetrics/gynecology boards.
Audience: The guide is written for obstetrics/gynecology practicing clinicians and residents. In addition, residents may also use this book to guide their CREOG preparation. Most of the authors are from UCLA.
Features: Six general areas of obstetrics/gynecology are covered, including obstetrics, complications of pregnancy, gynecology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, oncology, and primary and preventative care. Useful algorithms highlight specific diagnostic trees and management plans throughout the book. The guide provides solid basic information on sexuality, menopause, and breast disease in addition to the traditional obstetrics/gynecology topics. Topics that could use updating and expansion include thrombophilias, aneuploidy screening, and the HPV vaccine.
Assessment: This book highlights important clinical facts for clinicians in an easy-to-read, time-efficient manner. A few areas need updating, but for a general guide to an ever-changing field, the authors have done a thorough job. Readers desiring in-depth information on specific areas will need to use comprehensive texts to supplement this guide. Overall, I would highly recommend this review to clinicians and residents studying for the obstetrics/gynecology boards as well as for the obstetrics/gynecology resident CREOG exams.