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Crush Step 3, 2e 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1560536079
ISBN-10: 1560536071
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Adam Brochert, MD, Resident, Department of Radiology, Medical College of Georgia, Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, GA
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Product Details

  • Series: Crush
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hanley & Belfus; 2 edition (February 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560536071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560536079
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,422,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rodney Eddi on March 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book has been the "gold standard" for USMLE step 3 for a long time, mainly due to its size. It is a good book and contains a lot of information in a small volume, but it is NOT enough. The pediatrics and OB&GYN parts are very incomplete, and unless you are a resident in those specialties, you will have problems. The pictures are not enough. In my opinion, Kaplan Notes are better. If you have time, it is better to read Peds and OB&GYN from Step 2 Kaplan notes, and then review Step 3 Kaplan notes. At the end, use this book for rapid review. It would be nice if this book had a CCS section like "First Aid to USMLE Step 3"First Aid for the USMLE Step 3 (First Aid). Bottomline: Don't rely on it as the only source for preparation.
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This is a very high yield review book, and light to carry around. I took my step 3 during my medicine intern year, and carried it with me between admissions and nightfloats. If you want to do "spectacularly", then you may want to delve more into other resources. Otherwise, if you have like about 6 months of medicine residency training, look up some of the details that you are rusty in, pair it with one or two question books, like NMS or Qbook (a steal currently with the discount at Amazon), that should be a very nice start for your preparation.

I also used First Aid Step 3 for 1. a different perspective; 2. I like the First Aid series; 3. the CCS section in the back. If you are away from general medicine for a while, it will be nice to go through some of the scenarios. But otherwise, I prefer Crush step 3 by far. CCS is really about patient management. The cases are easy to diagnose. Make sure you work through the practice disk though, with the review book and question books, you are all set for a comfortable pass. The toughest part of the exam for me was going back for the second day. But people usually finished very early on their second day as some CCS cases could take just 10 minutes or less to finish. The thing is, if you forget a test or an order, you cannot go back to put it in. So make sure you take your time and think through your steps. But you should have plenty of time to do so. Granted, the above may not apply to the IMGs, as they have more hurdles to overcome. But regardless, this is still a very good book with very high yield materials to review on. Good luck with your step 3, and the many sleepless nights when you are on call. :)
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This is a good book but the content is identical to Crush Step 2 so if you have that you won't need this one.
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I recently took the STEP III USMLE. Being an IMG who has graduated an MD for 7 years, I did need a refreshment and an update for the test. This book is very concise and contains most, if not all, the necessary points you need for general practice as well as for the USMLE step 3 exam. Of course, there are a few mistakes here and there and you should be able to see that with common sense. However, if you read and remember all the details in the book, you will certainly pass the test with good score.

I highly recommend the book. Well done!!
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Brochert's book is without a doubt one of the better-known review texts for the USMLE step 3. It is also one of the better ones. "Crush Step 3" is written in an entertaining, engaging style with emphasis on high-yield concepts that are likely to be tested. You are unlikely to become an excellent clinician because of this book, but that's not why you are reading it.

If you carefully read this entire book, taking a week or two for full absorption, before your exam, you will almost surely pass Step 3. To "Crush" Step 3, I would highly recommend a adjunct text or perhaps subscription to one of the better online question bank sources. In addition, as Brochert himself states in the introduction, familiarity with Clinical Case Scenarios (CCS's) are an absolute requirement.

For the most part, Brochert's dividing of the book into core specialities and several peripheral disciplines works extremely well. The book educates in essentially a disease-by-disease format, liberally spinkling "buzz words" (entertained often by question-writers of USMLE exams) and key concepts among the topics. Simple information/recall questions are scattered throughout the text, providing reinforcement to just-refreshed (or just-learned ?!) concepts.

For the most part, the book is excellent for test-prepartion and for medical information recall. However, the OB/GYN section seemed not to resonate with the tone of the rest of the book, being quite dense in terms of information provided, especially with regards to obstetrics. This is practically just simple nitpicking, as the OB/GYN section of the exam you will sit for will be most likely confined to patients who present with pregnancy as a "co-morbidity". All other sections are well-written with many diagrams and photographs.
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excellent overview book. concise. good organization. high-yield materials. great for those 5-10 minute breaks. content is too limited to be the only resource. need to supplement your study with real textbooks.
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Crush step 3 is a great concise resource given the time crunch that many of us are in during the intern year. I like the layout moreso than that of the First Aid books. First aid presents an outline format that gets choppy, i.e. makes you try to memorize lists for every topic. Crush flows better containing written synopses about each topic.

I agree with other reviews claiming that this resource offers limited review in pediatric and Ob/Gyn. Being a pediatrics intern, I was prepared for the pediatrics section of the exam based on my experience as a resident. However, the pediatrics section is definitely watered down too much to use Crush as a sole resource. The OB/Gyn was certainly not enough. Having not thought about many of the gynecologic topics since medical school, I would've been in trouble at exam time had I not completed many Ob/Gyn samply items in a question book (Kaplan Q book for Step 3).

Again, good concise resource, but lacking with respect to pdediatrics and Ob/Gyn.
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