- Series: Master the Boards
- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 2nd edition (December 18, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609787609
- ISBN-13: 978-1609787608
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (479 customer reviews)
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About the Author
Conrad Fischer, MD, is director of educational development for the Department of Medicine at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in New York City. Jamaica Hospital is a robust window on the world of medicine. Dr. Fischer is also chairman of medicine for Kaplan Medical, teaching USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3, Internal Medicine Board Review and Attending Recertification, and USMLE Step 1 Physiology. Dr. Fischer is associate professor of physiology, pharmacology, and medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City.
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- Has an individual section on each of the following topics: Ophthalmology, Radiology, Allergy and Immunology, and Preventive Medicine - which is unique to this book as First Aid for Step 2 CK and Step Up to CK not have individual chapters on these topics.
- Has practice questions throughout the chapters.
- No Musculoskeletal section
- Some topics are vague and it doesn’t have many tables to compare different diseases or topics.
- Infectious disease section is lacking. The topics in this section really should be intermixed with the respective organ system sections. For example, rheumatic fever is not in the Infectious disease but it’s in the cardiology section - great - but then put endocarditis in the cardiology section also. And why isn’t there anything on myocarditis?
- TTP and HUS are both covered in Hematology AND Nephrology…. UGH! And they both basically say the same thing….
- Section on aortic disease is basically all questions, and then treatment… questions should be supplemental to the text on a topic, not be the actual text on the topic.
- Oh wait, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms and Aortic Dissections are elaborated on in the Surgery chapter.
- Spinal Stenosis AND Disk Herniation are in BOTH the Rheumatology and Surgery chapters…..
- “Sports Medicine” is in the Rheumatology Chapter, and “Orthopedics” is in the Surgery Chapter, so Rotator Cuff injury (SHOULDER ligament tear) is in Rheumatology, yet ACL, MCL, PCL (KNEE) ligament tears are in Surgery…
- Sleep Apnea is partly in Pulmonary and partly in Psychiatry, and doesn’t discuss mixed or central sleep apnea in either section.
- Topics like Iron Deficiency Anemia don’t even have a large header and have very little information yet things like Cold Agglutinin Disease and Warm Autoimmune Hemolysis both have separate large headers and more information listed below them than Iron Deficiency anemia.
- Next to NOTHING on Lung cancers. What happened to the different types and the paraneoplastic syndromes?
- Esophageal cancer is in Gastrointestinal and Lung cancer is not in Pulmonary…. Why is Lung cancer in Oncology and other GI cancers aren’t? Put lung cancer in Pulmonary and elaborate on it a bit, please.
- Diabetic Gastroparesis is in BOTH Endo and GI… Why both?
- Chronic Pancreatitis and Acute Pancreatitis are separated by 4 pages and a dozen other topics. Why?
- Meningitis is under Infectious disease, but Brain abscesses is under Neuro..
- Mallory-Weiss is covered in both GI and Surgery, but Boerhaave Syndrome is only covered in Surgery….
- Appendicitis and Cholecystitis are only covered in Surgery, where acute pancreatitis and diverticulitis are split and discussed partly in GI and part in Surgery.
- Polyhydramnios and Oligohydramnios are in Pediatrics…They would be better off in Obstetrics.
TOPICS COVERED IN THIS BOOK NOT IN OTHERS:
Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis
TOPICS NOT COVERED:
Adenocarcinoma - pancreatic or pulmonary
Aortocaval compression syndrome'Asbestosis
Bile Duct Stricture'Biliary Dyskinesia
Breastfeeding - Benefits & contraindications, Breastfeeding failure jaundice, Breast milk jaundice
Cerclage / Cervical insufficiency during pregnancy
Cesarean Section - indications, contraindications etc.
Choking – Foreign Body Aspiration
Crigler-Najjar Type I and Type II
Degenerative disc disease
Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma
Endocrine pancreatic cancers - only has Gastrinoma but missing VIPoma, Glucagonoma, and External cephalic version
Fetal alcohol syndrome
Gastroparesis (other than diabetic gastroparesis which is covered in two chapters)
Heat emergencies - Hyperthermia, Heat Stroke vs Heat Exhaustion
Hemangioma - Cherry, Strawberry, etc.
Hydrocephalus (of any type)
Hyperbilirubinemias, in children & adults
Lichen Simplex Chornicus
Maternal conditions during pregnancy - Maternal Asthma, Hyperemesis gravidarum, Maternal DVT, Maternal UTI & Maternal Drug Abuse (all topics discussed in Step-Up to Step 2 CK)
Meconium aspiration syndrome
Medial Medullary Syndrome
Multiple Endocrine Neoplasias (MEN 1, MEN 2A, MEN 2B - none of which are covered)
Myocarditis or Pediatric viral myocarditis
Neural tube defects
Pancreatic cancers (exocrine pancreatic cancer, Pancreatic adenocarcinoma)
Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia
Prolapse - Rectal prolapse, uterine prolapse, etc.
Reactive airway dysfunction syndrome
Small cell carcinoma
Tendonitis - De Quervain tenosynovitis, Epicondylitis
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
This book would be VERY helpful if it listed the topics each chapter under more specific sections and organized things more clearly. For example, organizing the Gastrointestinal section by Oral Conditions, Esophageal, Gastrointestinal, Hepatic, Pancreatic, etc. It jumps all over the place and it makes it difficult to quickly flip to a section and find the topic you’re looking for.
Overall it's a pretty good supplement to First Aid for Step 2 CK or to Step Up to Step 2 CK. This book is 649 pages. It's printed on sort of like a thin printer paper - it's not the semi-glossy paper that First Aid and Step Up to Medicine and Step Up to CK is printed on.
In general Master the boards Step 2CK is a great addition to your overall weapons in getting ready for Step 2 CK but don't rely on it solely. Also be aware that you MUST get a question bank (my choice, USMLE world) and DO ALL THE QUESTIONS, timed, random and closer to the big day, do at least 2 simulated full length tests taking the breaks as if you were in the real exam. Believe me, endurance and physical training is also a part of the prep. Also try to do at least 2-3 NBME Tests.
So, get your study books together and BEGIN! Don't forget DO ALL THE QUESTION BANK !!! TIMED, RANDOM, TAKE NOTES OF WHAT YOU NEED TO REVIEW AND NAIL IT !!!
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Additionally, so much of the info in here is just WRONG. Or at least not the same as what Uworld says (which is what we all want to know). Every time I'm reading this book I'm having to constantly check on up to date or Uworld to make sure what I'm reading is right. Got old very quickly when I realized how much time I was wasting, and how much incorrect info the book contained.
This book will cost yah some points on the test if its your main source. Save your money