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Acing The GI Board Exam: The Ultimate Crunch-Time Resource [Paperback]

Brennan Spiegel MD MSHS
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May 15, 2009 1556428685 978-1556428685 1
In today’s fast-paced world, gastroenterology & hepatology residents and fellows struggle to find the time to study for the board exams, prepare for teaching rounds, or just plain read. What is the best way to effectively prepare and study if reading multiple resources can’t seem to fit into your daily schedule?

The answer to your study questions (and study time!) can be found inside:
Acing the GI Board Exam: The Ultimate Crunch-Time Resource

Traditional textbooks usually feature long and detailed discussions that are not directly relevant to board and re-certification exams. On the flip side, many board review manuals provide lists and bullet points lacking sufficient background and context. Acing the GI Board Exam by Dr. Brennan Spiegel aims to fill the unmet need in board review by presenting time-tested and high-yield information in a rational, useful, and contextually appropriate format.

Why You Will Need to Read Acing the GI Board Exam:
• Carefully vetted board-style vignettes with color images
• Comprehensive yet succinct answers using a high-yield format
• Emphasis on key clinical pearls and “board buzzwords”
• Answers to classic board “threshold values” questions that you need to know but always seem to forget (eg how high must gastrin rise for a secretin stimulation test to be positive?)
• Rapid fire crunch time exam with 170 classic one-liners such as:
Alopecia + dystrophic nails + colon polyps = Diagnosis
Chapters Include:
• A compilation of general lessons learned from past test-takers
• “Tough Stuff” board review vignettes
• Board review “Clinical Threshold Values”
• “Crunch-Time” Self Test – time to get your game on!

With its focus on pearl after pearl, emphasis on images, and attention to high-yield “tough stuff” vignettes you don’t know the answers to (yet), Acing the GI Board Exam is truly the ultimate crunch-time resource for acing the GI and Hepatology examination, taking re-certifying examinations, looking good on clerkship rounds, or for just challenging yourself with interesting and entertaining vignettes.

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 "The author has done an excellent job creating a text that is uniquely formatted and avoids the inefficient approach to studying that some board review texts possess. The vignettes are clinically relevant, easy to read and encompass a large number of high yield topics." 

— Geoffrey Fillmore, DO, Gastroenterology Fellow & Duc Vu, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Department of Gastroenterology, Scott and White Hospital, Texas A&M University, Health Science Center, Temple, TX, Practical Gastroenterology

About the Author

Dr. Spiegel is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases, UCLA School of Medicine, and in the Division of Gastroenterology, VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System. He is the section chief for Health Services Research at the UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases, and Chief of Education and Training in the UCLA GI Fellowship Training Program—amongst the largest GI Training Programs in the country. Dr. Spiegel attended Tufts University where he majored in Philosophy and Community Health, and obtained his medical degree from New York Medical College. He received training in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at UCLA, and completed advanced studies in Health Services Research in the UCLA School of Public Health, where he received a master’s degree in Health Services. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He currently teaches in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA. Dr. Spiegel’s research interests have focused on acid-peptic disorders, chronic liver disease, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, and functional bowel disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and dyspepsia. He has performed research across a range of health services methodologies, including health related quality of life measurement, survey design and administration, systematic review, meta-analysis, multivariable regression analysis, survival analysis, expert panel research, quality improvement, cost-effectiveness analysis, budget impact modeling, and use of clinical informatics to support decision making. He is a peer reviewer for numerous medical journals, and is on the editorial boards for the American Journal of Gastroenterology and Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He has contributed to the publication of more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, as well as numerous abstracts, book chapters, and monographs.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Slack Incorporated; 1 edition (May 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556428685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556428685
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Review for GI Boards September 12, 2009
Format:Paperback
This little book has a different approach to GI board preparation. It doesn't follow the classic format like "Mayo" or other books. Rather, it contains all kind of little details that you will not learn from any other book and you will not suspect to encounter during board exam. It has 160 clinical vignettes, followed by full answers and explanations, highlighting important points, completed by color photos, tables and algorithms. There is a section with 170 one-line questions, stressing important syndromes and buzzwords to remember. Overall, I highly recommend this book for preparation before GI boards and even in-service exam.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right on the Money! April 29, 2012
Format:Paperback
What a book! Great writing style. Easy to read and digest. Worth every dollar spent. Great job Dr.Spiegal. Looking forward to future editions. Thank you
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must buy November 15, 2011
By GI Doc
Format:Paperback
I bought this book 3 weeks before the boards, and am so glad I did. Unlike other board review books, this covers both common GI diseases and obscure conditions in a concise and practical manner. By focusing on buzzwords, this book helps you to focus in on what board question writers want you to know. Without a doubt, there were 10-15 questions that I got correct on my boards solely because I used this book. There were diseases, pathologic, and radiologic images, that I had never seen prior to reading this book, and I only knew on the boards because of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars helpful & enjoyable August 6, 2012
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It is realy helpful & to the point. you will not feeling boring while you read this book . excellent as pre board review
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! August 19, 2010
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I got tired of the very dry format of typical board review questions. Found this & what a gem! Its like having a private tutor for the boards. I agree with all that the other reviewer said:

This little book has a different approach to GI board preparation. It doesn't follow the classic format like "Mayo" or other books. Rather, it contains all kind of little details that you will not learn from any other book and you will not suspect to encounter during board exam. It has 160 clinical vignettes, followed by full answers and explanations, highlighting important points, completed by color photos, tables and algorithms.".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A concise and focused review June 26, 2013
Format:Paperback
I read both of these "acing" review books cover to cover, essentially memorizing the information. Although this was not the only study aid I used, I do feel that these books were far and away the best preparation aid I used, including literally thousands of questions and the Steinberg "board review" course I took (which had almost nothing that was quizzed on the boards, it was more of a best practices review).

This is one the few study aids that is actually relevant to the GI boards.

The format is quick and to the point, and I feel like this is the best GI board review book on the market by far. Get this series, it is worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read for clinical review and GI board review. January 27, 2013
By rdmjr
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Not the most up to date, but contains clinical pearls and fun to read. If you don't know what Carnett's sign is, you would do well to get this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but for the final week before exam December 25, 2011
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The book is really great, it is very useful and full of clinical Pearls that will defintly help you before the exam. However, this is meant to be a classical review book "maycoclinic", it is formated as questions with open end followed be a great review of an important topic.

I really recomend this book for anyone taking the GI boards and will defiantly go for the 2011 Hepatology part.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars missing pages
Recieved the book in great time and in great physical condition, however..
Bought it 6 months in advance before I needed to use it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Reena Patel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Review
Hey pick this up if you want a quick review of key pieces of information for GI conditions.

Good review for the boards but don't wait until a few months before the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by James E. Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars A GI review that's actually pleasant to read
I came across this book while preparing for my own (non-US) GI exam. It was different from any other review book I'd ever used (I used Harrison's to prepare for internal medicine... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
that is really the kind of books you need for any gastro exam, I strongly recommend it for all candidates
Published 15 months ago by Ahmed
4.0 out of 5 stars Think it helped more than the usual textbooks!
Acing The GI Board Exam: The Ultimate Crunch-Time Resource

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Published on January 5, 2012 by pch1000
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Even if you are not preparing for the ABIM-GI boards but you just want to have something really interesting to read on a plane trip or while on a toilet seat, I recommend this... Read more
Published on January 11, 2011 by N. S. Murali
4.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this
I found this book very useful for my board review.
I highly recommend this for review several months
before the exam aswell as close to the board exam.
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