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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Andrew Sonin, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book is intended as a study guide/supplement for preparation for the oral boards in diagnostic radiology.
Purpose: The purpose is "to help candidates pass the oral examination in diagnostic radiology" by providing examples of what past test takers remember encountering during their examinations."
Audience: The book is targeted to senior residents in diagnostic radiology as they prepare for the oral board examination.
Features: The book contains a collection of "recalls" from hundreds of past examineesorganized into sections coinciding with the sections examined by the American Board of Radiology. The detail to which cases are described varies greatly among the different contributors. There is also a section on the mechanics of the experienceincluding how to prepare for the testwhere to stay in Louisville (the perennial site for the exam)and what to expect of the test environment. There are no illustrations."
Assessment: Although feedback from residents who have recently completed the trip to Louisville can be helpful, this usually is best received from those in one's own training program, because they presumably are approaching the experience from a similar viewpoint. The value of hundreds of such remembrances from persons unknown to the exam candidate is dubious at best. My main concern with this collection is that it may be tempting for candidates to supplant time spent reading radiology texts and looking at teaching file radiographs in favor of attempting to gain an edge based on the reported experience of others.