Description: This is a boxed set of 320 cards that offer a review of anesthesiology topics.
Purpose: The editors have assembled a large group of residents and some junior faculty to offer a fast, efficient review of high-yield topics. This is a worthy goal and could readily have been achieved with these easy-to-carry cards. However, in part due to the relatively small size of the box and the rather flimsy card stock, after one use, the set is difficult to manage.
Audience: Written by and for anesthesiology residents, these cards provide a keyword-style review of topics. Although the material appears to be factually correct, there are no references or citations.
Features: A complete list of anesthesia topics is covered, some in depth and others in passing. The font and format makes them easy to read during slow periods of clinical work or when on call, especially in preparation for standardized exams. Color coding of sections and chapters or tabbing could have made them more user-friendly.
Assessment: The flashcards share little in common with the textbook, Morgan and Mikhail's Clinical Anesthesiology, 5th edition, Butterworth et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2013). Nor do they use the classic flashcard format (question on front/answer on back). Nonetheless, for those who like to read in the OR, but not bring books, these cards can provide a nonauthoritative source of information and education.