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First Aid for the Psychiatry Clerkship, Third Edition (First Aid Series) [Paperback]

Latha Stead , Matthew Kaufman , Jason Yanofski
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Book Description

March 18, 2011 0071739238 978-0071739238 3

A high-yield insider's guide to the psychiatry clerkship in the super-effective First Aid format

4 STAR DOODY'S REVIEW (of previous edition)
"This is probably the best overall review book for medical students doing a psychiatry rotation. Its organization and thoroughness are unsurpassed, putting it above similar review books. Students who thoroughly read this book should have no trouble successfully completing their psychiatry clerkship and passing the shelf exam. As course director for the core psychiatry clerkship at my institution, I will recommend this book to students."--Doody's Review Service

First Aid for the Psychiatry Clerkship gives you the core information needed to impress on the wards and pass the psychiatry clerkship exam. Written by students who know what it takes to succeed, and based on the national guidelines for the psychiatry clerkship, the book is filled with mnemonics, ward and exam tips, tables, clinical images, algorithms, and newly added mini-cases.


  • Completely revised based on the psychiatry clerkship's core competencies
  • Written by medical students who passed and reviewed by faculty for accuracy
  • NEW integrated mini-cases illustrate classic patient presentations and/or commonly tested scenarios
  • NEW illustrations and management algorithms
  • Updated throughout with enhanced sections on medications, depression/anxiety, and child psychiatry
  • Helps students hone in on the most important concepts for the clerkship and the exam

The content you need to ace the clerkship:
Section I: How to Succeed in the Psychiatry Clerkship Section II: High-Yield Facts; Examination and Diagnosis; Psychotic Disorders; Mood Disorders; Anxiety and Adjustment Disorders; Personality Disorders; Substance-Related Disorders; Cognitive Disorders; Geriatric Disorders; Psychiatric Disorders in Children; Dissociative Disorders; Somataform and Factitious Disorders; Impulse Control Disorders; Eating Disordes; Disorders; Sleep Disorders; Sexual Disorders; Psychtherapies; Psychopharmacology; Legal Issues; Section III: Awards and Opportunities.

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About the Author

Author Profiles
Matthew S. Kaufman, MD is a board-certified oncologist in Long Island Jewish Medical Center (New York). He completed his fellowship in hematology and his residency in internal medicine at LIJ Medical Center. He is a graduate of SUNY-Downstate College of Medicine.

Latha G. Stead, MD, MS, FACEP is Chief, Division of Clinical Research and Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine at Gainesville. She is also Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (Rochester, MN) and serves as Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Jason Yanofski, MD completed a fellowship in child psychiatry at Yale University and a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at The University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University.

Product Details

  • Series: First Aid Series
  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical; 3 edition (March 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071739238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071739238
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty solid, straight to the point May 8, 2011
By Brad
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I think this is a really solid book for NBME shelf preparation. It is very to the point and doesn't include a bunch of useless fluff. If you are really interested in psych and want more than a basic outline of each condition, then this book is not for you. It is in no way a reference text and is really just the important stuff for the test. If, like me you just want to do well on the shelf, this book is great.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Review Book for the Psychiatry Shelf April 25, 2012
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This was the first First Aid product I've purchased since buying First Aid for USMLE Step 1, and I think I made a mistake by not buying the First Aids for the last four clerkships I've done. This book was ~200 pages of high-yield information, and it covered almost everything on the shelf exam in adequate detail.

The book is organized into chapters based on similar types of psychiatric disorders. Within those chapters, the sections of specific diagnoses are listed with their DSM-IV criteria, common presentations, treatment, etc. The text provides a complete picture of all the important conditions with a perfect amount of detail. There is also a separate chapter on pharmacology, which lists all the major drugs with their mechanism of action, side effects, and indications.

After taking the shelf, I realized that almost everything on the test was in this book. Case Files was similar in overall quality, but First Aid is much easier to get through in a short clerkship.

If I had to nitpick, I would say this book could have included more on general medical conditions that can masquerade as psychiatric illnesses. I would recommend flipping through the endocrine chapter in another review book prior to taking the exam.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok book, terrible on kindle March 26, 2011
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First Aid always has mistakes so you have to go back and correct them, this is a pain in the butt yet must be done because there aren't better, concise books out there. However on kindle you can't edit whatsoever and the publisher doesn't update corrections to kindle editions. Just order the hard copy, you can more easily take notes in that as well
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great. September 25, 2011
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Pretty much everything you need for the psychiatry clerkship. It does a great job of including all DSM criteria and other high yield facts and statistics. And it has treatment sections at the end which are really helpful.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! April 8, 2011
By brody
I'm a psychiatry resident currently and I remember finding this book to be incredibly helpful as a medical student. Just the right amount of information in an easy to read and remember way. It sets up a nice framework and I also remember it being helpful for me to take notes in the book throughout the clerkship. This was my main resource and I had the highest score for the clerkship exam.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Review Book January 22, 2014
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An excellent review of the basic topics of psychiatry, but psychiatry shelf exams go way beyond this book. Nothing here that you probably haven't seen in class or some other review book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for your psych clerkship January 14, 2014
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I've heard this book is the only thing you need to survive during your psychiatry clerkship. It's true! This book is a fast read, and contains pretty much everything you need for your psych shelf. This book and usmle world questions are more than enough to do well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A necessity January 1, 2014
By NY Don
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This rating is appropriate for this book because the book is clear and concise. There were many helpful mnemonics in it. There were several clinical cases that help you apply the knowledge in NBME style. You should try to finish the book 2-weeks into your rotation and then refer back when you forget something while doing questions of course. The book was helpful in every way necessary. For the price and its concise delivery of psych knowledge, I 'd say buy it!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless
A lot of high yield info is missing. No good for the shelf exam. I would recommend case files or Lange Q&A instead.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT for shelf exam
This is all you will need for your psych shelf. Very concise. You could go through the entire book in just a day. I recommend using pretest in addition to this text. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anthony Khalil Sayegh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
This is a great stand alone book for psych. It is very easy to read in 3 days or so and can also be reviewed quickly for exam. Section on pharmacology is particularly strong. Read more
Published 3 months ago by doc71
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
Very concise book with all the high yield information you will need to know for the wards and the shelf
Published 4 months ago by Payel G.
5.0 out of 5 stars great resource
this book is a great resource for the shelf. only book i used to study for the shelf and did really well. love the layout of bullet points
Published 5 months ago by brad
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book as a reference textbook
This was a great book to reference but would not be a main read for your shelf exam if you are trying to honor the exam. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kaji
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice condition and good service
. I have not yet got a chance to go over it but I can say that the book is in a very good condition!
Published 6 months ago by Kiranmai
4.0 out of 5 stars I really like this book
I used this book for my psychiatric rotation and i liked it. Just as any book, it is not 100% complete for which I recommend using questions and maybe other resources to complement... Read more
Published 6 months ago by MDLes
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good book after passing step 1. However i felt the book itself is not sufficient for doing well on the shelf exam. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Adeel Qureshi
5.0 out of 5 stars word on the street is true
this book is easy to read, doesn't take long to read, and is definitely worth reading for the psych clerkship.
Published 6 months ago by LBK
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