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First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CS, Fourth Edition (First Aid USMLE) 4th Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 148 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 858-0001046358
ISBN-10: 0071760504
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About the Author

Tao Le, MD, MHS, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the University of Louisville. He is also affiliated with the Division of Allergy and Immunology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Vikas Bhushan, MD practices diagnostic radiology from his home-base in Los Angeles, California.
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Product Details

  • Series: First Aid USMLE
  • Paperback: 459 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical; 4 edition (February 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071760504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071760508
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.7 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was NOT edited according to the new CS format. It does NOT help with listing history/physical findings under each separate differential (unless you read the case discussion which only glosses over this info). Do not waste your time if you are looking for the most updated information, but it is good for case examples (but you can purchase the older version cheaper if you just want case examples since medicine itself has not changed). Refer to the USMLE website for advice on the new CS format and read it all (not very long). First Aid should have waited a couple weeks to release this, or at least should have gotten advance info from USMLE before publication..big disappointment. I gave two stars because it did not teach me anything new and I'm still left wondering how the NEW CS is going to be...so it was only half helpful hence the 2/5.
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Overall I was dissappointed with this book. The material in each case was a good review of differentials and diagnostic modalities but the layout of the cases made no sense to me. It would have been perfect if I had a friend who was a standardized patient who could act out each scenario because it started each case with an SP checklist that gave away things like "Act like you are in pain when the examinee presses on your right, upper abdomen." Trying to use this to study from, I felt like it was giving away things before I had even gotten to the history. I wish they would reorganize the cases so that the information is presented like you would receive it in a patient encounter....chief complaint, then HPI, PMH, etc.....then physical exam findings....then the write up and tests ordered for the case.

Another big problem I had with the book was that the exam now requires you to justify each entry on your differential diagnosis with information from your history and physical exam. Using this book to prepare didn't really help me prepare for this part...the book simply focuses on which items should be on a differential and which tests to order. I felt like I was a little burned by this on test day because my justifications for some of the differential items was really weak.

Finally, a word on the cases themselves....the cases in the book were vastly misleading from what I got on exam day. Those in the book are deliberately vague and present symptoms that easily lead you to many items on your differential. For example, a case in the book might have a woman with dyspareunia who has had prior surgery but also suggests cyclical pain, but also has a history of being assaulted. So you could easily come up with several things: adhesions, endometriosis, anxiety, etc.
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What a prolific attempt at gouging medical students! Don't be fooled, this is exactly the same as 3rd edition(published 2010), with the exception of 3 new cases. That doesn't warrant a "new" edition in my book (no pun intended).
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Everyone (me too) worries a little over CS, but if you read this book, you will absolutely destroy that exam. The differentials and mock cases are good, but be sure to read some of the strategy sections. Insight into the grading is essential to passing. You can't just assume you're good in the clinic and expect to pass. Too many weird little requirements that have no bearing on real practice.
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I purchased the digital copy of the First Aid Step 2 CS. I took the exam 2 days ago and I think this book has done a good job preparing me for the exam. Note that the format of the exam has changed a little, but as far as helping students with what questions to ask during the patient interview and coming up with diagnosis, this book does deliver.
The digital copy of this book has some serious short comings. The book has tables for questions to ask during the patient interview and lists of differential diagnoses. These tables are not texts but images that you can't resize. The resolutions for some of these tables are TERRIBLE. I'm viewing the book on PC and there's no way to zoom in or out to view the tables. Some of these tables are so small that the words are almost illegible. Some of the tables look like they are screen shots of the original PDF First Aid used to publish the book because there's excess white left on the periphery of the image.
In sum, if you intend to view this on your desktop (I can't say for the Mac's because I have PC), I strongly encourage you not to purchase this as digital copy. The texts in the tables are the more IMPORTANT information of this book.

Amazon, if you are reading this, open this on a PC using the Kindle for PC and flip to 3825/9644 and tell me why the text in the table are pixelated compared to the next page? Also what's up with the sample "Patient Note" having different image resolution for every case? Some take up whole page, some shrunken to ¼ or their original size (4547/9644)? I got more examples: location 2230, 5464, 6522 (the table for CAGE question looks like you guys took a screen shot of the original PDF and then did a sloppy job trimming the white), 6564, 6670, 7669, 7890...
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What I like:
-Comprehensive introduction that even suggests hotels and restaurants in close proximity to test centers
-Breaks down roughly how points are given (wash hands, drape the patient, offer patient a tissue, etc)
-Variety of cases (40+), including pediatrics, geriatrics, ob/gyn
-Sample written notes

What I don't like:
-More useful if there is someone to practice with
-Not updated with latest test format, but the differences are subtle (just check the official Step 2 CS website for changes)

How to use this book:
-Given the chief complaint come up with 3 differential diagnoses right away. Then use those to come up with questions to ask. Compare your list of questions to those in First Aid to see if you missed any
-Show empathy, apology, be sensitive, etc
-Time yourself so you have enough time to counsel the patient before leaving the room
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