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From The CriticsReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is the eighth edition of a study guide for U.S. medical students preparing for the United States Medical Licensing Examination, taken after a student's third-year clinical rotations.
Purpose: As a preparation guide, this is a summary of the must-know facts needed to successfully pass this second of three examination series. Many students are overwhelmed with the vast amount of knowledge they are exposed to, and this books helps them focus on the absolute minimum one must have readily in mind.
Audience: Clearly, this is intended for medical students as they progress through the U.S. medical school curriculum.
Features: The book begins by describing the test, the computer-based testing basics, and the question formats so students will know how the questions are phrased and how the testing and school/clinical rotations experiences impact being accepted into a residency training program of their choice. The next sections are high-yield facts arranged by specialty or organ systems. The subsections are further divided into diagnoses or symptoms with very intuitive tables, mnemonics, bullet-format statements, and sample questions similar to those expected to be on the examination. There are no specific references, but there is an extensive evaluation of other study guides and textbooks. The index is complete and helpful.
Assessment: This is a valuable study aid and well worth the price.