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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Melina R Kibbe, MD, RVT, RPVI (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This CD-ROM is a welcome addition to the Davies Registry Reviews & Study Aids. It contains the full content of the print version of the review book, but is organized to help the reader learn the content and study for the Vascular Technology Specialty Exam in a manner similar to the way the examination is conducted, i.e. electronically. This CD-ROM is version one of the software.
Purpose: The purpose of this CD-ROM is to provide the content to teach yourself the material covered on the Vascular Technology Specialty Exam, test yourself on the material with Registry-like questions that are delivered electronically (similar to the actual exam), and through analysis of the results, determine how prepared you are to take the actual examination. This product meets these objectives well and is a welcome addition to the existing Davies library of preparatory material.
Audience: The intended audience for this CD-ROM is anyone who desires to take the Vascular Technology Specialty Exam as well as those who would like to refresh their knowledge in this area. The authors — Ridgway, Bean, Owen, and Strandness — are experts in the field of vascular ultrasonography and are clearly credible authorities with respect to developing study aids for the Vascular Technology Registry examination.
Features: The CD-ROM is well laid out. It is divided into three different sections: Learn Mode, Test Mode, and Results Analysis. In the Learn Mode, questions can be reviewed by the main topics of the registry exam or questions can be reviewed from the Image Library. The images are of very good quality and simulate accurately what the images on the real exam are like. In the Learn Mode, the software provides several different options, like deciding how many questions in each category one would like to review during any particular session. In the Learn Mode, after a question is answered, the software immediately reveals and explains the correct answer. In the Test Mode, the questions are displayed similar to the actual Registry examination and the software has a built-in timer allowing for one minute per question, in essence training one to progress through the exam in a timely manner. In the Results Analysis mode, the test performance is analyzed rigorously. The software defines areas of strengths and weaknesses, based on the subject areas covered by the Registry examination. And all questions are cross-referenced to the print version of the Davies review book. The software was simple to install and the menu choices are self-explanatory. The results of the testing can be copied to other software or printed, but the software cannot save them. This CD-ROM also provides 15 hours of continuing medical education credit.
Assessment: Overall, this CD-ROM version will serve as an excellent source of study material for the Vascular Technology Registry examination. Having studied from the print version of this CD-ROM myself, I would recommend this electronic version to others currently studying for the exam. It can be used in conjunction with the print version, but could also be used as a stand-alone study guide. The unique benefit of this electronic study guide and self-examination assessment is that it prepares you to take the examination in the format in which the test is administered.