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Davis's PA Exam Review: Focused Review for the PANCE and PANRE 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0803629516
ISBN-10: 0803629516
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: F.A. Davis Company; 2 edition (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803629516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803629516
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a MUST HAVE while preparing for the PANCE during clinical rotations. The author gives sample exam questions, which many books do, but he also provides a complete rationale behind each answer choice, enabling the reader to understand why one answer is better than the others. Also, this book is organized by similar symptoms and diseases, as opposed to the traditional way of organizing study aids by body systems. While dividing each section by body systems is efficient for some, it doesn't allow the reader to think like a clinician. In medicine, patients present with a variety of symptoms, often times involving more than one body system, so this book really teaches you to think like a clinician, as opposed to a student. For that reason, I HIGHLY recommend this book.
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Since many of us PA's work in a specialty practice, we need a 'to the point' review book.
This book has 2 parts: the Essential section and the Performance test section.
The Essential section has >200 questions with more than one correct answer followed by a 'You should Know' paragraph that has comparative and contrasting info to distinguish between the diseases /incorrect-correct answers. This was worth everything !!!
The Performance section has >300 questions with one correct answer to put you in the test mode w/a reference page that leads you back to the essential section- an additional review- if it didn't sink in the first time!
The CD is broken down into the fields in which we will be tested- excellent format.
The APPENDIX at the back wraps things up nicely.
Use this book and you'll pass---- I DID !!
g.meandro
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april 2013

I am currently a PA student in the middle of the didactic year and an admitted MEDIOCRE test taker. I believe test taking is a SKILL which can be improved upon. Looking for ways to improve, I sought out various PANCE REVIEWS, like Kaplan and Princeton to improve my test-taking strategies (a pre-requisite in PA school where testing is de rigueur) as well as preparation for the PANCE. Searching for something more, I found out a classmate was using the Davis PA Exam Review now in its 2nd Ed. After further review, my advice is simply-PUT IT AT THE TOP of your list. Did I just yell?? This book is an absolute GEM. I have used other reviews and NONE COMPARE to the unique learning system in this book. The Davis Review takes a multi-dimensional approach to thinking about and MASTERING the concepts the PANCE tests. Most books use outdated, recycled questions- not good. In Davis's book, you actually GET INSIDE THE MIND of a former TEST WRITER FOR PANCE. Did I forget to mention the author, Dr. Diamond, was on the PANCE test-writing committee and personally crafted questions for the PANCE? The book has two parts which make it different. The ESSENTIALS section contains question and answers which LINK all clinical physiological systems seamlessly by providing more than one correct answer to a particular question. The format serves as a REVIEW of material and gets you thinking as a CLINICIAN would in practice. In the appendix, these key SUMMARIES are revisited in detail and represent material most likely tested by the PANCE. After gaining a better understanding of concept and questions, you can head to the PERFORMANCE section and test yourself.
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I am an ortho PA for 11 years and was not thrilled about taking the PANRE. I went to a review coarse and then studied on my own. For me, question and answer format is the most helpful after a thorough review of the material. I did look at other question based study guides such as NCCPA practice test, CME resource practice questions, and Lange Q&A. This book was by far the most helpful and thorough. Not only does it give you Q&A but and explanation why with rational, which is helpful in retaining the material. This book and a little time is a small investment to relieve stress when it come test time! Thanks
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Great resource. Recently took the PANRE for the second time,initially I started to study with the Babcok O'Connnell book but found this resource to be inadequate. Switched to Davis and found this to be an excellent review book, the questions on the CD are great as well. I think as PA's (or PA students) preparing for this exam we have a tendency to want to use multiple resources to prepare. I think I used 3 or 4 initially when taking the PANCE. I found in preparing for the PANRE the Davis book to be adequate to be my only review book, also did the Rutgers online course (but didn't finish). I know some reviewers didn't appreciate the multiple correct answer format in the beginning, for me I didn't find this to be that big of a deal, and ultimately I think there is some rationale for this approach. Incidentally I did pass the PANRE, definitely looking forward to 10 year cycle. Hope this helps.
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I recommend this book (as well as the first pance review book and medical insights) to ALL medical professionals looking to expand his or her understanding of medical concepts. This book will help you understand the basics of a disease process, making it easier to understand all linkages that come with it. I can't stress enough how important this book has been to my education. My copies are highlighted and filled with sticky notes, and i revisit the pages frequently. I can honestly say that whatever I'm studying, I have this book close by for a quick refresher, and I use it more than current or the aapa/paea review book. For $40 its a complete steal, the information inside is priceless. If you think the way that Dr. Diamond advocates, you will rock your exam!
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