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on May 14, 2008
This book of certification examination type questions was assembled by various Mayo Clinic cardiology fellows with sub-specialty interests in, for example, electrophysiology and cardiac imaging. The book was edited by two faculty members.
The questions were of variable quality, reflecting inattentive editing. Often, the authors veered into pedantics and arcana; this was especially evident in the EP section of the book.
Board questions tend to be heavily weighted toward clinical cardiology, with an emphasis on physical exam data. Study of this book would leave the prospective exam taker ill prepared for this type of question.
In summary, this book is a weak effort, particularly given the generally outstanding didactics in cardiovascular diseases characteristic of the Mayo section. It might be a useful adjunct, but heavy reliance on this book will likely leave the applicant poorly prepared for the actual examination.