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Step-Up to Medicine (Step-Up Series) Paperback – April 7, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0781771535 ISBN-10: 0781771536 Edition: Second, North American Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Step-Up Series
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; Second, North American Edition edition (April 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781771536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781771535
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is easy to read and has lots quick hit review points to highlight important topics.
Falcon
I think this book is useful for 3rd and 4th year medical students who know they want to do internal medicine and want to be star pupils.
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I recommend this book to anyone studying for the Internal Medicine shelf and Step 2 CK.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you are nervous about the internal medicine shelf, you are just like I was and rightfully so. It is a very difficult exam that covers an enormous amount of material. For a 3rd year medical student, this is a great source to start internal medicine. The text is all written in bullet points, but isn't nearly as rigged is its grammatical delivery as other books written in similar formats. It has "quick hit" items in the side that allow for understanding key points, and it leaves plenty of margin room to take notes. However, this book has some major down points that really keep it from being truly grand. For starters, it is lengthy! Although I did read the entire book, I found most of my friends stopping it and using it as a reference because they were just too busy to get through it. Even going through it once will take at least half of the clerkship. Some might consider it advantageous to have such a long book because it covers more for the test, but I myself would have been happier with a book that minimized the information that I already knew from 2nd year and maximized what I really needed to focus on (i.e. managing patients and working up conditions). Unfortunately that is where this book just misses the parade! All conditions are well described, but there is a complete lack of how to work up the condition. It gives clinical signs/symptoms, but totally lacks in its ability to approach a problem by crossing off conditions from differential diagnosis. Essentially, your ability to work up conditions will be impaired. The other kicker is that its formal lack of algorithmic approaches to treating conditions. Some conditions have good explanations, not great, on how to treat and others have pitting lack information.Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tmahal on November 14, 2010
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I'm a Physician Assistant student and I've purchased several different review books for study guides including AAPA's comprehensive Review, Lange's Q&A for the PA, First Aide USMLE, and this one. Overall, this book is the optimal study guide. If you are only gonna purchase one review book to study from in a PA program (to add to your collection of your PA library), atleast get this one. Its very detailed and has packed info. It does a great job of pointing out key facts, diagnostic studies w/ explanations, what tests to order and why, and it includes plenty of step-by-step approaches to conditions. The format of this book is awesome. I definitely recommend this book for any1 in a PA program. Its very helpful as a study guide.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Echidna on December 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm a current 3rd year med student in the U.S. and recently completed my Medicine rotation. I bought this book because it seemed like it was so essential. I found that it was more useful as a reference book to read up about your particular patients than to study for the shelf, but then I guess that sort of is studying. Step Up really has good info about managing your patient's care though. It might also be quite useful for an intro to clinical medicine type of course where you are learning clinical details in an organ system by organ system basis to compliment your basic science knowledge.

However, it is long, very dense and the bullet point format is not easy to read/retain (at least for me). I don't know how people say they actually read through this in a few days and retain anything for the shelf exam.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dcstudentdoc on February 11, 2012
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(1) Since the book is not written with standard complete sentences and paragraphs, it relies very heavily on its formatting (line breaks, punctuation etc.) for its reability. The kindle edition for whatever reason does not maintain all the line breaks and punctuation of the print version. Imagine taking one of your study materials that is in outline format and removing much of its outline format so much of it is now in paragraphs ... a paragraph without complete sentences or periods or other punctuation marks or any other adequate way of organizing and transitioning between thoughts - that is what many parts of this kindle version are like.
The print version is understandable because line breaks and punctuation marks indicate when the author is moving on to a new topic or idea within a topic, so when the kindle version takes away many of those line breaks and punctuation marks it makes for very very poor and very SLOW readability.
(2) it is missing many other punctuation marks that would give sentences meaning like < and > symbols are often absent.

I wish it weren't so ... I like ebooks, and I like the content of this book, but in this case there needed to be more publisher effort to ensure this ebook was readable when the transition from print to ebooks was made.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sgogeta4 on January 7, 2012
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Has 98% of the things you need to know for IM but is presented in an academic manner (organized by organ system and disease groupings), as opposed to clinically, which emphasizes different parts of the same knowledge base. In order to use this resource, I feel you should purchase another book that is organized clinically and use both of them in conjunction. I used the clinical book first to organize diseases based off of chief complaint then when I wanted more details about one of the diseases that were in the differential, I read the specific section in Step Up to Medicine. To do well in rotations and in medicine in general you need to have both - the clinical knowledge and academic knowledge. This book covers pretty much everything you need to know for the academic part.
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