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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This review book, based upon the Cleveland Clinic's annual board review course, employs a combination of prose and bulleted text to cover the necessary information that those approaching the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) examination must remember. The previous edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: As a board preparation book, the contributors focus on the facts and scenarios most likely to be encountered in the examination. The Cleveland Clinic's board review course is one of the more renowned preparation courses and this is a supplement to that course.
Audience: Clearly, this is intended for residents preparing for the examination, but it has a much broader audience, including those in practice who wish to remain current in internal medicine. The contributors, all faculty members at Cleveland Clinic, are well known in the medical community as outstanding educators.
Features: The book is organized according to topics with organ-focused chapters. The combination of prose and bulleted lists makes focusing on the relevant facts quite easy. There is also an online component, which I had significant difficulty accessing as it was slow and the screen to enter the access code was hard to find. After entering the access code, I was continually asked if I wished to purchase the book and I never was able to view the online resources. In the book, the tables are quite clear and the review exercises appropriate.
Assessment: Overall, the print version is quite good, comprehensive, and easy to use. The online component is difficult to navigate, a function of the publisher and not the Cleveland Clinic. The specific advantages this book has over other board preparation texts are the helpful review exercises.