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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Derek Robinson, BS (University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine)
Description: This concise and user-friendly review is filled with high-yield material divided into the separate specialties of medicine and presented in a case-based format.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide interns with a high-yield review of many of the commonly encountered diagnoses and concepts found on the USMLE Step 3 exam. Given the time demands of residency, such a concise guide to studying for this exam is a valuable and needed tool. This book fulfills this goal by presenting useful information in the case-based format.
Audience: Interns and residents preparing to take the USMLE Step 3 exam are the intended audience.
Features: The book covers material across all major specialties of medicine, including cardiology, neurology, dermatology, psychiatry, etc. Additionally, the topics of epidemiology, ethics, pediatric development, and traumatology are covered in the appendixes. The main strength of this book is the case-based format used to present the material, which mirrors the thought processes residents must go through in clinical decision-making. Also valuable are the "Quick Hits" and "Next Step" tips, as are the mnemonics presented along the page margins. The many diagrams, figures, and especially the color photos significantly help the learning process. While the mnemonics are generally helpful memory tools, some are a bit too lengthy or obscure to be optimally useful.
Assessment: Overall, this is a valuable and concise tool for busy residents preparing for this exam. It presents many high-yield diagnoses and treatments explained through realistic patient cases. The case-based format guides readers through information and decision-making in a manner that is similar to the real-life thinking encountered in the practice of medicine. This approach sets it apart from other books in the field.