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Step-Up to Medicine (Step-Up Series) [Kindle Edition]

Steven S. Agabegi , Elizabeth Agabegi
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Step-Up to Medicine is your lifeline for the clinical years of medical school. This book was originally written by third-year medical students searching for the perfect review book—not finding it on the market, they wrote it themselves! Now in its third edition, Step-Up to Medicine boils down the full scope of tested pathology in a single ingenious tool. Each element is tailored for immediate content absorption, and an all-new full-color interior differentiate elements for even faster, more efficient review. And, Step-Up to Medicine, third edition provides two types of self-assessment—the kinds of questions you will ask yourself as a clinician plus USMLE-style practice questions. This review book gives you just the Step-Up to the medicine clerkship, accompanying shelf exams, and USMLE Step 2 that you need!

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  • File Size: 8654 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
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  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 3 edition (August 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094480DW
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be better January 29, 2013
By burxard
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Yeah, it's probably the best thing out there for the Medicine shelf and IM portion of Step 2. That said, it could still be better.

Pluses:
-full color
-"quick hits" highlight key points
-Cardio section has notes on specific studies, which are potentially useful for impressing attendings on rounds.
-Ambulatory Care section is great for Family Med
-unlike a lot of other review books, it seems to be well-edited. I found few errors / typos.

Minuses:
**not enough about _management_. The most important aspect of clinical rotations is learning the correct sequence of steps in managing a condition ("What is the next best step?"). This book contains little information about that. There are some flowcharts, but it's really not enough.
--mnemonics are poor / lacking
--too many words. The outline format is good, but I'd prefer it not be in complete sentences.
--Not enough pictures, especially for the Derm section.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Outdated! No updates from the 2nd edition! November 10, 2013
Format:Paperback
Apparently the publishers of this book took the previous edition (Step-Up to Medicine (Step-Up Series)) and slapped a shiny new cover on it. I don't think there are any actual updates, as this book is terribly outdated. Some examples:
- There is no mention of the interferon gamma release assays (IGRAs) used to test for TB. Although relatively new, they are widely used in clinical practice today, especially to confirm positive PPD results and to test for infection in individuals who have been vaccinated with the BCG vaccine. The authors state that a patient who has received the BCG vaccine for TB will have a positive PPD (true) but should be treated for TB like anyone else with a positive PPD (WRONG!). This may have been the standard of care 5 years ago but this would be malpractice now.
- The authors mention "Ultralente," a long-acting insulin preparation that was discontinued so long ago I had never heard of it! Meanwhile, there is no mention of insulin Detemir, one of the two long-acting insulins that every MS2 learns about.
- In its discussion of treatments for Multiple Sclerosis, the authors mention beta interferons and glatiramer acetate but admit that studies have only been in progress for 5 years. I looked back at the 2008 edition and it says the exact same thing. If it was 5 years in 2008, then it's 10 years in 2013! A lot happens in 5 years (these are now first-line agents for MS backed by very solid evidence).

My other gripes with this book: It isn't clear or detailed enough. I frequently have have to refer to my
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have October 7, 2013
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Short story: This was the best book I purchased during med school hands down. The format is perfect IMO. It is in an outline-ish format (much faster the full textbook) but not the 1 word sentences of First Aid Step 1. The side is full of good to know facts and tips. I would highly suggest for any 3/4yr med student.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for PA students August 21, 2013
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I'm a PA student and love this book's origination. It is easy to read, I dont like textbooks and this book is presented to you the way that we are taught in class from definition, etiology, S/S, PE, Dx to Tx. One of my program's graduates said she used this book and some board reviews and passed the board on her first try. Many people from my class also brought this book as study materials.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE!! January 4, 2014
By KP
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I can not rave about this book enough. My absolute favorite book. The size and print and colors used make finding everything extremely fast and easy. The set up is very logical. I use this book constantly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much info for shelf May 21, 2014
By Phillip
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I tried using this book during my 6 week medicine clerkship in medical school. Here's my take:

Pros:
- very thorough
- can be used as a reference book on the wards; ex. don't know the complications of cirrhosis? flip to the liver section and there is a plethora of high yield info neatly outlined
- a great source of info for when you are getting pimped on a patient of yours; read about your pt's condition before presenting to the attending and you'll do fine

Cons:
- too thorough! there is so much information and the book is so long, that the average medical student cannot get thru this amount of material and be well prepared for the shelf (don't kid yourself, you are an average student too)
- again, too much information! It goes WAY too in depth for what is required to answer questions on the shelf

I started this book at the beginning of my clerkship and calculated I could read 20 pages or so a night and get thru the book with time to spare for my shelf. Sounded reasonable! But the problem is, the book is SO DENSE that it would take AT LEAST 1.5 hrs of reading to get thru those 20 pages. And that doesn't leave time to review other more important resources (like USMLE World Qbank). I ended up giving up on this book only after 1 week of trying to read it.

FYI for the shelf, I stuck to USMLE World questions and MKSAP questions. I did all ~1200 USMLE World questions once (plus most of the ones I missed) and about 1/4 of the MKSAP questions and I did fine on the shelf (89% - my best performance of third year BY FAR).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great quick look up
Published 10 days ago by Jake Coffman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good resource for Medicine clerkship
Good resource for Medicine clerkship. Lots of information presented in bullet form. Not super helpful for the shelf exam or Step 2. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Motoko013
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good overview.
This was helpful to read during Medicine, but I preferred MKSAP. I thought some of the chapters (Cardio) were better than others (Heme-Onc).
Published 27 days ago by Cathy Gao
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
A very useful book for the basic information needed. It condenses the material to a manageable level. The only complaint I have is the amount of material covered. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bdarus
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top books
This is a must for any med student, intern, PA student, or recertifying PA.

While it doesn't cover the depth of hundreds and hundreds of disease processes, it's great at... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Young
2.0 out of 5 stars Valuable!
A great and valuable book. It catch the point indeed.
But some pages was lost in that one I bought.
Published 2 months ago by jovis
5.0 out of 5 stars I have been out of school for a few years
This book is still the gold standard in 3rd year clerkship for medical students on IM. I am no longer a student, I have students now and is still recommend this book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael Chang
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Shelf studying
If you're like me and have trouble reading through a bunch of text, Step-Up is a great way to make sure you still read something during your Medicine rotation/3rd year. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sunbath12
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing pages 263-278, but otherwise great!
I've been working through this book as I've moved through rotations and noticed today after months of owning it that it is missing pages 263-278... What the heck!
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer Maire
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Review book
This is an excellent review book for boards and as a reference for clinical rotations. It provides a great mix of clinical medicine and pathophysiology. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Golden818
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