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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 1 Pap/Psc edition (May 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416046909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416046905
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Well worth the money and effort.
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A very good question book for junior and senior ABSITE exam.
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Great questions, good format, very helpful.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By 46&2 on February 2, 2011
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Background: I'm a general surgery resident who has taken the ABSITE four times.

After going through the Johns Hopkins, Schwartz, and Rush ABSITE reviews before, I would say this book is the best. The questions are reasonable with well explained answers. The chapters cover a variety of subjects. Many are based on clinical scenarios or no-BS quick fire questions on anatomy / physiology.

This book isn't perfect. There are some EXCEPT questions (i.e. all these are true regarding popliteal artery aneurysms EXCEPT...) which use a format that doesn't appear on standardized tests. There's a dearth of the dreaded Basic Science questions; maybe that's why I 'enjoyed' this book more than others. Statistics and Legal/Ethical questions are absent. There are no chapters specifically dealing with gynecology, urology, or ortho. On the real thing, I encountered one version with a LOT of gynecology (i.e. inappropriate amount), and another with a lot of urology. Some of these subspecialties, though, are briefly touched on in other sections like trauma (ureteral injury). Some of the answers are listed incorrectly (i.e. they put A when they meant D), though you'll be able to tell, and the authors err less than Hopkins or Schwartz.

Despite (or perhaps because of) the above, the book is quite doable and makes for a surprisingly quick way to do 1400 questions. I would contrast this to Rush where it takes 1-2 hours to slog through a chapter. Some people say the test is basically in Rush, but the test is also in Greenfield's or Sabiston's. I can read this book and remain sane.

The online version is cumbersome (and I'm a fan of on-line question banks), but it's nice to have it available if you don't want to lug the book everywhere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer D Bishop on March 15, 2012
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I've used this book for the past two years and I think it is the best review/study book on the market for the Senior ABSITE. I agree w/ prior reviews that it does not have enough Basic Science to be a stand-alone book for the Junior ABSITE and would need to be supplemented. I also agree that it is somewhat lacking in Ethics/Stats/Uro and Gyn, which could be any easy way to improve this book for its second edition.

I recommend this book to any upcoming surgery residents who will be taking the Senior ABSITE, and also think it would be a great book to buy for the Junior ABSITE if another review/study guide is used for basic science review.

I credit this book, along with the SCORE portal multiple-choice questions, for my 30 percentile increase in score between PGY3 and PGY4 if that helps anyone decide to purchase this book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DrDrew267 on January 26, 2012
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Dr Virgilio has done a terrific job of making a comprehensive question-based review of material for the Absite and boards. Overall, it covers all of the clinical aspects of general surgery which we really care about while only including pertinent questions about the specialties that we don't care about (Ortho, Urology, etc). There are a few things to keep in mind however:

1) This book is considerably more detailed than the Absite review. I consider this to be a strength. But please realize beforehand that you will feel humiliated doing the questions in this book while using the Absite Review simply because it goes into far much more detail and is more up-to-date. More often than not, when there are disagreements between the Absite review and this book, Dr Virgilio's book comes out on top, although I would still recommend referring to Cameron, etc to confirm. The Absite question book by Fiser is also child's play compared to this book.

2) Some answers are definitely controversial, but compared to the Rush Review, which takes too long and literally has so many mistakes it is useless, it is not too bad at all. Very easy to cross check with another textbook, which by the way, Dr Virgilio recommends in his foreword.

3) The question format may/may not be the same as the Absite.

All in all, I think this book will be very helpful not only for the Absite, but for the written boards as well. Well worth the money and effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily and Raj on February 4, 2012
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I purchased this book as a fourth year general surgery resident two weeks prior to the ABSITE exam. I reviewed every chapter in this book and found probably at least 50 questions VERBATIM on the test. The majority of the questions are ABSITE style, and moreso typical of the senior examination (not much basic science). In all, I would say that this book is worth its weight in gold, and the real treat is the answers that explain why the correct answer is correct AND why the wrong answers are wrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie on January 5, 2014
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A great bank of questions with explanations (not just answer "A" is correct). This way you get to read the thought process behind the question and what the expected level of knowledge is for the question being asked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Boyd on September 7, 2011
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I used this book as part of my preparation for the actual boards. I liked the explanations although I agree with the other reviewers that some answers were controversial. Overall, a good resource.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By permafrost91 on January 13, 2013
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Great set of questions with detailed answers. The explanations are detailed enough to truly understand the gist of the question but not so detailed as to bore the reader.
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