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1. On Call : A Doctor's Days and Nights in Residency
by Emily R. Transue
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On Call begins with a newly-minted doctor checking in for her first day of residency--wearing the long white coat of an MD and being called "Doctor" for the first time. Having studied at Yale and Dartmouth, Dr. Emily Transue arrives in Seattle to start her internship in Internal Medicine just after graduating from medical school.This series of loosely interconnected scenes from the author's medical training concludes her residency three years later.

During her first week as a student on the medical wards, Dr. Transue watched someone come into the emergency room in cardiac arrest and die.Nothing like this had ever happened to her before-it was a long way from books and labs.So she began to record her experiences as she gained confidence putting her book knowledge to work.

The stories focus on the patients Dr. Transue encountered in the hospital, ER and clinic; some are funny and others tragic.They range in scope from brief interactions in the clinic to prolonged relationships during hospitalization.There is a man newly diagnosed with lung cancer who is lyrical about his life on a sunny island far away, and a woman, just released from a breathing machine after nearly dying, who sits up and demands a cup of coffee.

Though the book has a great deal of medical content, the focus is more on the stories of the patients' lives and illnesses and the relationships that developed between the patients and the author, and the way both parties grew in the course of these experiences.

Along the way, the book describes the life of a resident physician and reflects on the way the medical system treats both its patients and doctors.On Call provides a window into the experience of patients at critical junctures in life and into the author's own experience as a new member of the medical profession.
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2. Delmar's Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Review, 2E (Delmar's Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Review)
by Patricia K. Anthony
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Catlog: Book (2003-12-16)
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Average Customer Review: 3.74 out of 5 stars
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Ideal for review courses and for individual study, this book is a must-have tool for anyone preparing to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. Concise reviews of the critical topics outlined by the Pharmacy Certification Training Board, along with review tests at the end of each chapter, assess your current knowledge and identify areas that need further study. In addition to end-of-chapter practice questions, two cumulative tests at the end of the book provide practice for taking the full-length exam. If additional math practice is what you need, youll find 14 chapters that focus specifically on math and include additional math questions. This new edition includes greatly expanded information on pharmacology, pharmaceutical agents, the effect of drugs on specific body systems and conditions, and drug interactions. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for Certification Review
This book has everything that you need to pass the certification exam. Prescriptions, filling, labelling, record keeping, OSHA, computers and law are all covered thoroughly. There are also chapters on pharmacology and ten chapters on math [the book covers almost every type of dosage calculation very thorougly]. Everything is explained exceptionally well, and is easy to understand. Review questions at the end of each chapter are asked, answered, and explained in detail, so that you understand how to answer questions and do the calculations for the exam. It explains "why", and helps you to understand and apply the information. Each chapter has a "quick study" guide for easy reviewing. There is a "pre-test" to help prioritize study and pinpoint weak points, and a mock certification exam, which follows the format of the exam, and includes questions very similar to the questions appearing on the exam. Helpful hints for taking the exam and answering questions are also included. This book is a must, especially for retail techs [a lot of hospital pharmacy is included], and particularly for understanding the math.

5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST for pharmacy certification exam review
This text is an excellent review text. It is written for persons all levels of experience - quick study guides allow the student to skip what he or she is already familiar with, and detailed chapters are included for those who are not familiar with subjects. Questions or problems at the end of each chapter are answered in detail, to allow the student to see what the examiner is looking for and hopefully duplicate it for the exam, rather than simply designating the correct answer and leaving the student to guess why their answer was incorrect. This is really key, as a large part of the success on the exam is understanding what the question is asking and what the examiner wants to know.

Other salient features include a pre-test, to allow the student to pinpoint weaknesses and prioritize study, a sample certification exam, which is written to duplicate the exam in both style and content, and a very large and detailed section on pharmacy math, which includes every type of calculation which might appear on the exam, and as a practice math test. Since the lack of ability to solve math problems is a primary reason why students fail the exam, this is an excellent preparation aid. The text also teaches the student to think and understand, which is necessary for the exam, as it is not all regurgitation of material - you have to know how to USE and apply the material.

All relevant subjects are covered and discussed in detail. An excellent buy for the money, for students of pharmacy technology - and expecially for technicians trained in a retail pharmacy who may be lacking in hospital pharmacy.

This text could even be used as for a pharmacy technology quick study course, or self study course as it is quite complete.

4-0 out of 5 stars Typos don't help
This book is a must for all future technicians. It has a few noticable typos that don't help but can be overloooked for the quantity of information and excellent outline of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone that's looking to get in a career as a pharmacy technician, just pay attention to the questions and their answers since this publisher could not afford to proof-read.

2-0 out of 5 stars too many errors in math
I bought this book (2004 edition) on the advice found in other reviews in this section. Like others, I have never worked in a pharmacy, have a tech-industry background that is going nowhere in this economy, and decided to pursue the medical industry which I've always been interested in. My first step was to go for the Pharm Tech Certification, so I bought this book to prepare for the exam. I do believe it helped with the general pharmacy practice and with the pharmacology and law sections, but I had to go out and purchase a second book on pharmacy math because of all the errors and inconsistencies in the math section of this book. There are errors in several of the examples, in many of the practice questions at the end of each chapter, and even in the sample tests, many of them quite blatantly wrong while others can only be determined wrong if you are strong in math, and it was too confusing. It appears nobody proofed the math section of this book before publishing. It cost me another $40 for a secondary book to review the math and learn the formulas. Since the sections on pharmacology and law are completely new to me, I was not able to determine if there were errors in those sections, but the math section DID leave me wondering if other things were wrong, too. I basically lost my confidence in this book. As a result, I decided to also purchase another study guide by another author as a backup. These errors cost me nearly $100 in further purchases!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Just took the Pharm. Tech. Cert. Exam
(2nd edition). This book was good but had the potential to be an exceptional one-source study guide for the PTCExam if it wasn't for the mathematical errors, typos, etc. On one math question, the variables were different between the question and the answer/explanation (The question wanted you to fill an order for 0.5g of a drug from a supply of 200mg /5ml solution. The answer was based on 0.75mg of drug from a 250mg /5ml supply). This was frustrating at times, especially since I purchased this book primarily for the math review.

The book is laid out very well, and covers quite a lot of information. It is pretty up to date on state and fed. regulations such as the April 2003 HIPAA revisions.

It's too bad it wasn't proof read very well. Overall, this book is still a usefull study guide for the exam as long as you look out for the mathematical errors. With this book's help, I do believe (and hope!) I passed the exam. ... Read more

3. First Aid for the Wards: Insider Advice for the Clinical Years
by TaoLe, VikasBhushan, ChiragAmin
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-31)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Appleton & Lange
Sales Rank: 35957
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Written by students for students, this high-yield guide helps them make the transition from the classroom to the hospital wards. Thoroughly revised and updated, this comprehensive book explains what to expect in each required rotation and provides sample notes & reports, medical facts, formulas, and protocols. Features the latest student ratings of available review resources. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars One clerkship director's thoughts
Bhushan and Le have created a guide that is most useful as an introduction to the ward experience for medical students. They discuss particulars about each rotation and this information is certainly important for students to read before each rotation. Although I do recommend this book to my students, I also encourage them to use another book entitled the 101 Biggest Mistakes 3rd Year Medical Students Make and How to Avoid Them. This latter book is the only book I know of that helps students recognize the major mistakes that are made during clinical clerkships. By using First Aid for the Wards and 101 Biggest Mistakes 3rd Year Medical Students Make and How to Avoid Them together, students will place themselves in a position to do their best work during their clinical clerkships.

I bought this book to use as a review for the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA)(the pratical texy that all the FMG have to do in Philadelphia). It was great because it helped me to practice writting clear medical hystories, in the same manner I had to write in the real (CSA) test in english. It was also very good because it list the major symptoms, signs and differential diagnosis of the more common clinnical problems. By the way, again useful for the CSA, because they request us to give the dif diagnosis in these test.

I highly recomment this book as an adjunt for the preparation for the CSA. Of couse, should be useful also for the wards.

Don't forget also to use: Mastering the OSCE/CSA: Objective Structured Clinical Examination/Clinical Skills Assessment...

5-0 out of 5 stars It helped me...
I found this book to be quite helpful in alleviating those third year jitters. So much of the third year is spent trying to figure out your role on the team, and how to look like a star. This book gives some useful pointers.

If you have liked other books from the First Aid series, this book will also be well liked and used. Well written and to the point.

Each chapter gives pointers for a particular clinical rotation - explaining the role of a student as well as who the typical other team members will be. Also, gives a general breakdown of what to expect for a typical day.

Each chapter then has some vital clinical information that you need to know for each rotation. The chapters end with a review of which text books are most helpful for you to read.

Good book!

1-0 out of 5 stars Firs aid for the wards
Poor presentation & known facts only.Nothing new ... Read more

4. The Language of Medicine: A Write-In Text Explaining Medical Terms
by Davi-Ellen Chabner
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The new edition of this popular resource helps readers understand and learn complex medical terms by dividing them into their component parts, clearly explaining the meanings of these terms in the context of how the body works in health and disease. Terminology and complex medical processes are described an easy-to-understand manner that is readily accessible to readers of all levels. The text brings the language of medicine to life with a workbook format organized by body systems, offering additional chapters on specific key areas of health care, such as cancer and psychiatry. Anatomy and physiology sections are generously illustrated in full color and reinforced with exercises on combining forms in terminology and word parts. Instructor resources are available; please contact your Elsevier sales representative for details.

* Trusted Language of Medicine instructional method has been used by nearly 2 million students to learn, understand, remember and apply medical terminology.
* All chapters have been extensively reviewed by medical experts, including some of the leading practitioners in the field, ensuring that content is up to date, accurate, and relevant to current medical practice.
* Clear illustrations of anatomy, physiology, and pathology provide a real-world context and point of reference for learning medical terms and how they apply to practice.
* Simple, clear, non-technical explanations of terms makes the knowledge accessible even to readers with little or no previous medical or science background.
* Organization by body system with additional chapters on specialty medical areas helps readers understand medical words based on how they apply within the body system, function, or application.
* Explanations of clinical procedures, laboratory tests, and abbreviations related to each body system or medical specialty show medical terminology in practice.
* Pronunciation of Terms list at the end of each chapter provides phonetic spellings and spaces to write the meanings of terms.
* An audio glossary of over 3,000 terms on CD-ROM strengthens learning through auditory reinforcement while encouraging correct pronunciation.
* Case Scenarios and Practical Applications in each chapter with case reports, operative and diagnostic tests, laboratory and x-ray reports allow readers to apply knowledge to real work situations.
* A wealth of exercises including Section Exercises, exercises within each chapter, Comprehensive Exercises, review sections, and Pronunciation Exercises challenge readers to test their understanding of material. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Crystal clear and easy to use!
Davi-Ellen Chabner's book is the best of its kind that I have read. I first used it as a student of medical terminology. Then, as luck would have it, Mrs. Chabner was the instructor for the human diseases course I took at an adult education certificate program in medical transcription. Talk about good fortune!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!!
For anyone interested in the human body, medical information on diseases and tests. Very well written, understandable, highly informative. Fantastic book for beginning students or anyone. Wonderful encephal food. You'll find yourself saying, "So that's where they get that name from". ... Read more

5. Introduction to Health Care
by Lee Haroun, Joyce Mitchell
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-02)
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
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Introduction to Health Care addresses the core competencies needed by health care professionals regardless of medical specialty. Topics common to all health care professions such as communication, infection control, environmental safety, controlling health care costs and professionalism in the workplace are presented in a "job authentic" manner that emphasizes the importance of developing the thinking skills and human compassion necessary to a career in health care. Medical math, written communication, lifestyle management, customer service and tips for securing and maintaining employment are given expanded coverage within the text. · Models demonstrate how to assess situations, consider alternatives, choose appropriate alternatives and evaluate results· "Thinking It Through" encourages reader to problem solve workplace examples using chapter principles · "Suggested Learning Activities" offer users intriguing suggestions for applying course content to daily activities and environment · Application exercises and review questions require the user to integrate major concepts and confirm whether they comprehend material · Charts, diagrams and color photographs illustrate important concepts ... Read more

6. Frontrunners' Internal Medicine 2004 Q&A Review: Self-Assessment and Board Review, Fourth Edition
by Bradley D. Mittman
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
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Welcome to FRONTRUNNERS INTERNAL MEDICINE 2004 Q&A REVIEW, designed to prepare you for the MEDICINE BOARDS as well as the medicine and subspecialty components of the USMLE STEPS 2 & 3. Students who are preparing for the USMLE and are thinking about a residency in medicine as well as current medicine residents will ALSO be way ahead of the game when it comes time to sit for their medicine boards (yes, there’s actually one more exam after step 3 (!) and it’s the all-important one that makes you "board-certified"). This book is an excellent companion to the Frontrunners Internal Medicine Board Review Syllabus, which remains the syllabus for the Frontrunners Board Review Courses that are held throughout the year. While designed with the boards in mind, these resources are nonetheless outstanding study aids for medical students, residents, and practicing internists who simply want the best no-nonsense and most realistic Q&A review of internal medicine in all of its subspecialties!. And for those who are simply looking to expand their fund of knowledge in medicine, this back is without compare, and is ideal for health care professionals at all levels. If you’re a mnemonics fan (and who isn’t?) and you’re prepping for the boards, then you’ll definitely want to check out TURBO MNEMONICS FOR THE BOARDS. See the "Quick Order Form" at the end of this book. With OVER 400 MEMORY AIDS to the most commonly asked material, it can only turbo-boost your performance on the boards! Even if you don’t use the book for the anagrams and other memory aids, the content itself is outstanding prep for the boards when used in conjunction with these Q&A and Frontrunners Internal Medicine Board Review Syllabus, containing all the core material for the boards.

Over the years, we’ve been blessed with hundreds of questions and answers material that have been voluntarily submitted by physicians who have gone on to pass their boards, in their effort to help those "soldiers left behind"! We have therefore pooled for you from our database all the questions amassed to date, with answers and explanations.

This critical board review resource is chock-full of over 1,200 OF THE MOST REALISTIC INTERNAL MEDICINE BOARD REVIEW QUESTIONS YOU'LL FIND ANYWHERE FROM ALL THE RECENT EXAMS, because, just as important as knowing your stuff is being psychologically prepared. This book has also been popular in helping physicians make "connections" or concept links, so that "if you see this in the question, look for this in the answer."

Having said all this, we also realize that there are individuals who have, over the years, grown weary of tedious self-study and who'd rather take advantage of a sit-down, "feed-me" style of board review, even if the Frontrunners’ CD AUDIO SYLLABUS, SLIDE SHOWS and BOOK PACKAGES can just be ordered. For this reason in early August each year we continue to offer our more formal WEEKEND MARATHON REVIEW board review course which covers 18 hours of high-yield-only review for the boards over one Saturday-Sunday weekend.

HMOs are requiring that their PCPs be board-certified, or, at the very least, board-eligible to come on-board and stay on-board In fact, the terms "board-certified" and "board-eligible" are increasingly becoming an integral part of HMO contracts and renewal criteria. Being board-certified, therefore, is no longer a luxury. To some physicians, it’s more than just placating the HMOs or even maintaining one’s practice. It’s about personal challenge; it’s about being able to call oneself a "board-certified internist"; but even more simply, it’s about winning! We want you to win. However you plan to use this book, our greatest hope is that we help you achieve your goals and make your life, dare we say, a little easier?

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5-0 out of 5 stars AM HIGHLY RECOMMENDING...
The book is an overdue, refreshing Q&A review that allows you to cover all the same ground in a lot less time. Explanations were to-the-point and just what I had to know. Scored very well using it for my internal medicine boards. As with many of the other reviewers, I got my copy for free when I ordered my Frontrunners I.M. Board Review Syllabus thru the Publisher's 866MDBOARD number which is also on the back of my book.

5-0 out of 5 stars VERY WELL DONE!
This was a great resource for my recert because 1) I saw alot of material straight out of the exam, which was really reassuring; 2) I liked the diversity of questions, which were also reflected on the exam; 3) I was able to get thru all the practice questions (there's easily over a thousand) twice before my medicine boards since the explanations are straight to the point. I used the Q&A in conjunction with the Frontrunners Syllabus, reading a chapter out of the syllabus and then hitting that chapter in the Q&A, which was very successful for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars RIGHT OUT OF THE EXAM!!
This was a great resource for my Internal Medicine boards because I saw alot of material right out of the exam, which was a pleasant surprise and probably why I did so well. I used the Q&A in conjunction with the Frontrunners Syllabus, reading a chapter out of the syllabus and then hitting that same chapter in the Q&A book. It was a great way to go.

I liked this "set'em up and knock'em down" approach to Q&A. Explanations were straightforward and intelligible. I easily passed my Internal Medicine Boards using this with their frontrunners syllabus. I agree with the other reviewers: the syllabus was just as excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars WORKS PERFECT W/ THE SYLLABUS
This was my main Q&A resource going into my medicine boards. I'm recommending it highly since I saw ALOT of the same questions on my exam. It worked great in conjunction with the Frontrunners Syllabus was truly outstanding. ... Read more

7. Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide
by Judith E. Tintinalli, Gabor D. Kelen, J. Stephan Stapczynski, American College of Emergency Physicians
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Asin: 0070653518
Catlog: Book (1999-09-30)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The leading textbook in Emergency Medicine now has expanded coverage with 308 chapters, new contributors and new editors. As an American College of Emergency Physicians/Mcgraw-Hill publication, the Study Guide is the defining source for clinical EM management and for those preparing for board or recertification exams. New 2-color figures have been added along with additional tables and algorithms. A new compact at last delivers stunning EM pictures in full color. Many sections have been completely revised including Toxicology (Herbals and Vitamins) and Pediatrics (Respiratory Distress) as well as brand new sections such as Nontraumatic Musculo-skeletal Disorders and Special Patients. Emergency Medicine is changing, but "Tintinalli" remains the authoritative diagnosis and management tool for all emergency conditions. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Emergency Medicine Text
As an Emergency medicine resident, the book is the centerpiece of my library. The new edition differs from the previous in the addition of two color text. Using two colors enables them to make the tables more readable. The text is longer than the previous edition. Each chapter is divided up into a short intro/description of normal, followed by etiology, pathophysiology, clinical features, treatment, then special considerations. The writing, as in the previous editions is concise and to the point. This text is priceless because it takes all the concepts and presents them in a clinically relevant way. This is very useful as a general review text, as well as a hands on while working text. Should be in all ED's as well as in all personal libraries of physicians who see patients in the emergency setting.

2-0 out of 5 stars Downward Spiral on Autopilot
*Emergency Medicine, A Comprehensive Study Guide* has long been a well-regarded standard emergency text, useful in day-to-day practice as well as for board preparation. This new edition has advanced the enlightened 'evidence-based recommendations' for changes in practice patterns, however, the lack of editorial control has resulted in a book packed with conflicting information. Each chapter is written by a different consultant, and unfortunately not all of them are up on this concept... we therefore get a series of conflicting statements when there is overlap in topics, and there is no attempt to reconcile this variability. Admittedly, opinions in much of medicine do vary; but outright conflict within a few pages in a standard text without discussion does harm to credibility.

Further loss of editorial control is also evident on a close read. It is apparent that a spell-checker was used for proof-reading (substitutions of the nature of "week" for "weak" abound) and in some areas clinical formulae have been mis-stated -- example: calculation of effective osmolarity, pg. 1341 (though correct elsewhere in the book). The index seems somewhat disorganized, with references to isolated appearance of a word (example: see *first* reference listing to "hyperglycemia"... certainly not the definitive source in the text). This problem is not isolated.

The book has expanded by approximately 500 pages over the 4th edition, totalling more than 2000 pages. Its size makes it unwieldly to read or carry; it should have been separated into 2 volumes. Even with that expansion, much useful information is missing. Though descriptions of EKG abnormalities in advanced electrolyte disturbance are adequately described, it certainly would have been an informational asset to actually include a picture of such characteristic tracings. Dermatology is similarly poorly pictured -- there are only 8 pages of color illustrations in the text, with nearly 2 pages wasted on 1)technique of foreign body removal (not needed in color) 2)a color demonstration of SPECT data -- well outside the range of information needed for the E.M. specialist, and not definitive, besides. Even worse, the illustrations interspersed in the dermatology section are simply black and white copies of the color text -- providing only suboptimal repetition.

Bottom line: the *Comprehensive Study Guide* has been, and remains, a valuable text for an overview of the practice of emergency medicine; but either keep your 4th edition, or wait for the 6th.

4-0 out of 5 stars This book is an excellent learning tool!
This book is a great textbook of emergency medicine, and I've chosen it over others simply because it's comprehensive without the useless drivel. Each section includes the necessary anatomy and pathophysiological considerations for the respective disoders. The subset of conditions are mentioned with just enough facts to understand the morbidity to treat it. The pictures, diagrams, algorithmic flow-charts, and drug regimens are a nice compliment, however, most of your clinical experience is going to come from interships and residency, so to assume this book is all you'll need to get by in EM is crazy. I still think it's the best out there to read before putting your mind to work.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'm Afraid to Give it a Bad Review......
Do you know the true meaning of the words "Study Guide?" Well, what that means is that you must be able to achieve a passing score on the American Board of Emergency Medicine's Certifying Exam by studying nothing more than this book. And I believe it, since I have passed it twice studying basically nothing more than this book. While it lacks the broad panache of the "other" two volume tome, the idea that you can pass the certifying exam by memorizing this huge book is, well, it's sexy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mandatory (This is a Review of the Companion Handbook)
Owning this book is simply mandatory--unless, of course, you are certain than neither you nor any loved one will ever need to be admitted to an emergency room. While I am by no means a physician, this thick little paperback has allowed me to make an informed assessment of the treatment that family members have received, and to make it easier for doctors and nurses to explain things to me. Aimed (as you can see from the other reviews here for the massive study guide for which this book is a companion) totally for physicians, it is assumed that the reader is familiar with medical terminology. But it isn't that bad, really--acronyms are usually defined when they are first used in each section, and I have found that a run-of-the-mill collegiate dictionary suffices for most of the anatomic and diagnostic terms. A Physician's Desk Reference would be most helpful for acquainting oneself with the drugs, dosages and regimens referred to in the book, and it doesn't hurt to have someone in the medical field you can query about procedures and policies. Basically, I see no reason why such information needs to be confined to those in the profession, and believe everyone should be aware of the mechanics of trauma treatment. Also, I have simply found it to be fascinating reading (the incredibly succinct description of the stages of child/adolescent development--from the point of view of the assessing ED physician--says more in two pages than all the oceans of ink that have been spilled--in newspapers and magazines--on the topic of children in our society). ... Read more

8. Mastering the Objective Structured Clinical Examination and the Clinical Skills Assessment
by Jo-AnnReteguiz, BeverlyCornel-Avendano
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Catlog: Book (2001-10-31)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Appleton & Lange
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Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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* Presents more than 60 cases in the core areas of medicine to assess students interpersonal and physical diagnosis skills
* Most medical students take the OSCE and CSA exams
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4-0 out of 5 stars Definetly worth the money...
I am a US citizen and a caribbean medical student. I was deathly afraid of the CSA--primarily because of the idea that failing it meant another $1200. I studied with a classmate of mine for about 2 months and then studied with a family member for another month (although studying with someone is not required--you can do it on your own). We role-played each case and did the write-ups all under the CSA timed conditions. This is really important! The book is great but just make sure you time each session--both the data gathering and the write-ups. You need to memorize the order of a H&P if you haven't already. When you get to the exam you will be able to take what you learned from the book and pass. The book allows you to hit the high points of what you should get out of the encounter without wasting too much time. The only negative about the book is that some questions that should be asked in some of the cases are omitted. Just make sure that you systematically go through the book and time it.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good resource for CSA prep
Although it doesn't have the real CSA format, it is worth studying. It can help you get insight about the CSA. It also has a lot of high-yield complaints that can appear on the real CSA. You can practice thorough history taking and physical exam with the checklist. A must for CSA/CSE candidates!

5-0 out of 5 stars I passed just because of this book
I felt for an IMG this book is very useful and I am sure the success of this book will continue with introduction of CSE for US graduates. I would not have passed CSA without the help of this book

5-0 out of 5 stars best buy for the money
CSA is very expensive and I didn't want to fail it. I prepared for a month with this book and felt I didn't need to read anything else. With this book and the video that ECFMG gives out, I passed without breaking a sweat. I felt comfortable during the exam, and knew what to do. The cases are very similar to what you really get on the exam, and they tell you in the book exactly what you need to do. VERY GOOD BOOK!

5-0 out of 5 stars all you really need for CSA!!!
I prepared CSA in ten days. This book was AWESOME!!! I got four cases very similar to the ones in the book, and the others were close enough to know exactly how to approach them. The second edition as an appendix on the patient's note, which I found very useful. I honestly didn't consult any other source for the CSA and I'm happy to say this book was worth every penny.

My only advice is that you WORK WITH A PARTNER. Have a friend play your standarized patient, ask questions according to the guidelines given, and do your physical exam. It is a lot more fun and you practice on time management. This book provides the answers to your standarized patient, so he/she doesn't have to know anything about medicine. It also discusses DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS and the basic labs that should be ordered (and why!). It also stresses the importance of good communication skills and empathetic approach. Different cases will measure different things (like one case is purely communication skills and others are mainly history taking, whereas there are a few that only focus on physical exam). The trick is that you never know what each case will measure, so if you want to "pass", you have to do everything well!

In the real CSA, you don't get cards that tell you about findings on the physical exam, so whatever you don't see in a standarized patient, you have to assume as normal. This is the only inaccuracy of the book, but it's a minor detail if you are aware of it.

Time management: start timing yourself the moment you begin reading the introduction to the patient. Knock on the door (I used a spare room in my house to practice), and come in. Introduce yourself and get to the history taking and physical exam. This you should do in 15 minutes (even if the book sometimes gives you 10 minutes for the easy cases). Have someone (or an alarm clock) tell you when 10 minutes have passed, so you will know it's time to wrap up. Walk out the door after 15 minutes. You will be given 10 minutes to write the patient's note. A template of the note is provided in the book, but it is better to use the one given by ECFMG once you apply to the CSA.

Like I said, I think this book is more than enough for CSA. I also had the 40 cases that are out there on the web and they were not nearly as organized and clear. I ended up not even reading them. ... Read more

9. Kaplan Medical USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (Kaplan USMLE)
by Jennifer Farthing
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Are you ready for the Step 2 Clinical Skills exam?

Kaplan Medical has been preparing test takers for clinical skills exams since 1998. USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills is designed to help guide readers through this challenging, standardized patient exam. It includes advice and information about the following topics:

  • Clinical reasoning
  • Doctor-patient communication
  • Performing a focused history and physical exam
  • Writing the patient note
  • Establishing a differential diagnosis
  • How to avoid the common mistakes that can impact exam performance
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10. Nursing Fundamentals : Caring & Clinical Decision-Making
by Rick Daniels
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This unique resource offers a fresh and balanced perspective look at nursing within a functional health patterns framework, making a complex discipline with an ever-changing and dynamic nature understandable.Emerging topics such as the impact of technology, the emphasis on wellness, evidence-based practice and the expansion of care into the home and community settings are addressed.Timeless topics such as clinical decision-making, delegation, prioritization, clinical skills, and more are also featured. ... Read more

11. Fundamentals of Family Medicine
by Robert B., MD Taylor, Alan K., Md. David, D. Melessa, Md. Phillips, Scott A., Md. Fields, Joseph E., Md. Scherger, Robert B., Md. Taylor
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Fundamentals of Family Medicine, Third Edition, describes the current approach to common problems in family practice.The book tells how family physicians provide high-quality, comprehensive, and ongoing health care for patients and families, based on current evidence and time-tested methods in clinical practice.

The book is intended to be a reference source for the care of diseases family physicians are likely to see and as the course textbook for medical students in family medicine clerkships in medical school.

Clinical scenarios that include case studies and questions for group discussion reinforce the book's clinical topics.The clinical scenarios all concern members of the Nelson family- a multigenerational extended family whose members visit the family physician with a variety of health concerns and whose dynamics evolve from chapter to chapter.The discussion questions allow the group to consider both the biomedical and psychosocial aspects of problems such as headache, obstructive airway disease, diabetes mellitus, athletic injuries, domestic violence, care of the dying patient, and the family physicians's role in dealing with terrorist events.

This book will help health professionals provide up-to-date care for their patients, and will allow students to view clinical issues through the eyes of the family physician.

Fundamentals of Family Medicine, Third Edition, ideally is used as a companion to Family Medicine: Principles and Practice, Sixth Edition, edited by Robert B. Taylor et al.

"This remains the best single "rotation-sized" book for clinical clerks in family practice.Its size and scope makes it ideal for any student, regardless of whether he or she intends to enter family practice or even a primary care discipline in general. The book's approach provides a unique blend of science and humanism that is a credit to our specialty and a positive influence on all students rotating through a family practice clerkship. Finally, its logical and easy to administer format make it an ideal tool for teachers of family practice to employ."Doody's Review ... Read more

12. Becoming a Physician : A Practical and Creative Guide to Planning a Career in Medicine
by MaritaDanek
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Catlog: Book (1997-01)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 16848
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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"I have advised countless medical students and applicants over more than two decades and I repeatedly found myself agreeing with the advice given by the Daneks." —Michael V. Drake, M.D.Professor and Associate Dean, School of Medicine University of California, San Francisco

"These authors have the experience, knowledge, and writing skills to lead the lost through the maze of uncertainties of medical schools and beyond."—Robert H. Shapiro, Ph.D.Academic Dean and Provost U.S. Naval Academy

"Any student thinking about a career in medicine should have this book."—Tyrone D. Taborn Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Career Communications Group, Inc.

Here, at last, is the book that will help you realize your dream of a career in medicine. Whether your goal is to work in a busy city hospital ER, as a country doctor, or in research, here you'll find innovative ways to actively plan and tailor your medical school education to meet your specific needs. Explore your many options with:

  • Straight facts on the medical school admissions process
  • Up-to-date information on the MCAT
  • Advice on selecting the right medical school
  • The current medical trends and the most attractive specialties
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great book
I have read this book a number of times over the past several years. I very much enjoyed reading it and felt it was instrumental in my journey towards medical school. I suggest it to any pre-med.

4-0 out of 5 stars Read this book if you think you want to go to med school.
This is an excellent resource- honest and actually interesting to read. I only wish there were a little more advice for non-traditional students. Other than that, this book has been extremely helpful and really correlates with what medical students, doctors, and admissions people have told me. I highly recommend this book to anyone considering a career in medicine (especially if you're undecided).

3-0 out of 5 stars Good only if your just starting your research
I found this book pretty superficial. It includes a lot of common sense ancedotes that, if you've done much research at all, will sound very repetitive.

It was a fast and boring read for me. If you want to read about being a physician Becoming a Doctor or Intern Blues are lot more meaty. And there's several better books about getting into medical school too.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone thinking of going into medicine
This was a well thought out and informative book. The authors not only go into the "right" reasons to become a doctor, but also the whole ordeal from pre-med to medical school. Worth every penny.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Information
This book outlines everything involved in considering a career in medicine. It is simple and clear! I read portions of the book to motivate me at times. ... Read more

13. Getting Into the Physician Assistant School of Your Choice
by Andrew J. Rodican
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-19)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Appleton & Lange
Sales Rank: 44010
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Give PA applicants a competitive edge.

The best resource for anyone considering this career.

Getting Into the PA School of Your Choice, 2/e is a precise blueprint that addresses every step of the application process, including what schools look for in an applicant, financial aid, Internet resources, and information on PA programs.

*How to select a PA program
*Setting and achieving goals
*Comments, suggestions, and tips from current PA students
*Trends in PA programs- including excerpts from "PAs in the field" and salary profiles
*Expert advice on effective letters of recommendation Writing a quality essay-including sample “essays that worked”
*Interview strategies- including the toughest questions and answers
*Advice and contacts for financial aid
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5-0 out of 5 stars wished I'd found it sooner
This is a great behind-the-scenes view of the selection process. For me, the biggest difference it made was in my success in interviewing. Many PAs had said there was no way to study or prepare for these interviews...and they are WRONG! My only wish is that I had found it sooner.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Asset for Entrance...
This book helped me in preparation for the written and interview portion for PA school. 90% of the questions asked during my interview is covered in this book. They mention the Do's and Don'ts for interview preparation. I highly recommend this book for any student who is serious about the PA profession. THANKS Rodican.....

5-0 out of 5 stars THE book to get into PA School!
This is THE book you need to get into the PA school of your choice. My choice was the Stanford University Primary Care Associate Program (PCAP). I read this book, followed it's recommendations, read it again/used it as a reference, applied to one program, and was accepted... to the school of MY choice. If you have determined that a career in medicine as a PA is what you want to do, get this book, use it, and get into the school of YOUR choice!

1-0 out of 5 stars Not for the experienced applicant
This book is fairly elementary and not very usefull to any one who has done any other reading about the application process for medical or physicians assitant schools.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best
This book helped me get into Cornell Medical PA program. This was my first choice, and I couldn't have done it without this book. ... Read more

14. First Aid for the Match (First Aid Series)
by Tao Le, Vikas Bhushan, Chirag Amin, Steven Berk, Eric Collisson
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-12)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Appleton & Lange
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This practical high-yield book offers students insider advice on succeeding in the Match and getting the residency program of their choice. With contributions from residency program directors and residents, this book comprehensively covers all aspects of the Match. The Third Edition features new coverage of issues facing international medical graduates, typical interview questions for each specialty, and the latest statistics for Match success. ... Read more

15. First, Do No Harm
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"A powerful, true story of life and death in a major metropolitan hospital...Harrowing... An important book."
What is life worth? And what is a life worth living? At a time when America faces vital choices about the future of its health care, former NEW YORK TIMES correspondent Lisa Belkin takes a powerful and poignant look at the inner workings of Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, telling the remarkable, real-life stories of the doctors, patients, families, and hospital administrators who must ask--and ultimately answer--the most profound and heart-rendng questions about life and death.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Humanity of Doctors
I could hardly put this book down until I was finished with it. It was not just eye-opening about how some of the ethical choices in medicine must be made, including the all-too necessary financial considerations. It showed how human doctors are and how difficult it can be for them to have to make heart-wrenching decisions in which there is no right answer, especially when it is clear that, no matter which choice they make, there is not going to be a good outcome for the patient. In spite of their training and attempt to insulate themselves emotionally from their cases in order to remain objective and professional, it's not always possible. Ms. Belkin's descriptions of doctors in tears was very moving, and proved to me that those people chose the right profession, because they really do care about their patients.
I found, by searching for them on the AMA web site, that a lot of the doctors in this book are still in practice in Houston (one is in Albuquerque). This search gave absolute credence to the fact that these stories are not fiction but about real people.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Jerky look into the TRUE CARE of the Modern Hospital
This book will keep your interests suspended in a state where bed time no longer matters, reading it until it is done and the re-skimming the chapters. Based in my home town of HOUSTON, TX. It gives you perspective on the true heros of the health care system.

This book has confirmed my interests in becoming a doctor and it will serve as a symbol of my ability to serve and my longing to be the best in the field of my choice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you Lisa, for being fair
Having a child featured in this book, I have read it several times. Lisa did a fantastic job when she wrote this book. You will find it to be a very insightful book. Having lived through this ordeal myself, I know that Lisa tried very hard to make sure that her facts are real and accurate. If you enjoy stories about the medical field I trully believe that you will find this one hard to put down until you have finished it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Goodmedical novel
I love books about the problems of the Medical community. This one was very good. The author included factual information along with true like human interest stories of real people in Houston, Texas in the 80's. I left this book at a book exchange at The Plaza Las Glorias in Cozumel, Mexico on 10-28-00 around 9:00am and it was gone by 11:00am. I would love to know where it went. I hope Amazon prints this.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book!
Ms. Belkin follows the work of the ethics commitee at Hermann Hospital. For anyone who enjoys true medical stories and difficult biomedical ethics problems, this is a great novel. Ms. Belkin does not present solutions, since in most cases there are no "right" solutions. Instead she provides an objective account of the cases from the point of view of all parties involved. This would also be an excellent book to use for discussion in a biomedical ethics clas ... Read more

16. Lpn Notes: Nurse's Clinical Pocket Guide
by Ehren Myers
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Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
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17. The Ultimate Guide To Choosing a Medical Specialty
by BrianFreeman, Brian Freeman
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Catlog: Book (2003-12-19)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Appleton & Lange
Sales Rank: 51211
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The first medical specialty selection guide written by residents for students! Provides an inside look at the issues surrounding medical specialty selection, blending first-hand knowledge with useful facts and statistics, such as salary information, employment data, and match statistics. Focuses on all the major specialties and features firsthand portrayals of each by current residents. Also includes a guide to personality characteristics that are predominate with practitioners of each specialty.

“A terrific mixture of objective information as well as factual data make this book an easy, informative, and interesting read.”
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5-0 out of 5 stars You must pick this up!
I'm a third-year medical student, and I've been worrying for some time now about how I'd decide what specialty to go into. Of course, nothing substitutes for some good, old-fashioned soul-searching, but Dr. Freeman's book will certainly kick your inner dialogue into gear.

What impressed me most about this book was the quality of information--everything was accurate, up-to-date, and written in an engaging way. I learned many things about each of the specialties I am consdering that I'd never read anywhere else. I also appreciated the fact that each specialty chapter is written by someone who's actually "been there, done that"--they're all written by residents.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to any medical student who is pondering what specialty to choose. ... Read more

18. EMT Teaching: A Common-Sense Approach
by Richard A. Cherry
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Catlog: Book (1998-01-15)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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EMT Teaching is a practical guide to improving your skills as a classroom teacher and running an effective training program.Written by a paramedic instructor with over 23 years of teaching experience, this book focuses on practical tips and suggestions rather than on theory. Engaging, conversational style makes this book easy to read and understand.Contains thorough, comprehensive coverage on becoming a first-class instructor, how to set up a successful EMT program, motivating the adult learner, designing lesson plans and assessments, effective speaking and use of multimedia. Addresses topics unique to medical clinician training, such as field and clinical internships. Each chapter is filled with teaching aids, making this book a valuable classroom reference. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best book of its type I have ever read
I have never read a book like this. I would recommend this book to any teacher. It is filled with practical suggestions and tips from an experienced teacher. ... Read more

19. Anesthesia Review: A Study Guide to Anesthesia and Basics of Anesthesia
by Lorraine M. Sdrales, Ronald D. Miller, Churchill Livingstone
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Catlog: Book (2001-03-16)
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This is a question and answer review book that is cross-referenced to two of the leading textbooks in the specialty of anesthesia: Stoelting and Miller 'Basics of Anesthesia' 3e and Miller's Anesthesia 5e. Designed for use by residents preparing for board certification and for practitioners preparing for their re-certification exam, the book is presented in a straightforward format. Correct answers to all questions are given and readers are able to refer back to the corresponding section in the Miller or Stoelting and Miller books for more detailed information. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thought-stimulating
I really like this book. Its design is atypical for a "question-book" in that the format is not multiple choice; rather, the author(s) intend for the reader to reflect upon their theoretical and practical knowledge-base before formulating an answer. This makes this book thought-stimulating as opposed to standard multiple choice books, which may be good, but you will most assuridly never see those "same" multiple choice questions and answer-options replicated on an actual board exam. Good book. ... Read more

20. High-Yield Pharmacology
by Daryl Christ
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Catlog: Book (1999-03-15)
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
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