- Paperback: 500 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 17, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1497396875
- ISBN-13: 978-1497396876
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Dwayne A. Williams graduated from the Long Island University Physician Assistant program with honors. A member of the Physician Assistant Honor Society Pi Alpha, he has been a practicing physician assistant since 2002. Currently he is an adjunct professor for the physician assistant programs at Long Island University and Weill Cornell Medical College during their didactic year and for their Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) review courses. He also serves as a clinical preceptor for the Long Island University program.
His book PANCE Prep Pearls is a comprehensive review of the material for the PANCE and an invaluable resource for physician assistant students and practitioners alike.
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Top Customer Reviews
-Great content. I was using the USMLE Step 2 CK, which I found to be too brief and often lacked explanations. This book explains pathophys at the beginning of the section, which you can skip if you want, and goes more into depth than many other review books, without getting as bogged down in a subject as Current or Harrison's
-Lots of tables for visual learners
-Cites sources at the end of each section - this was really nice and I hope he keeps it for later editions! It allowed me to not only know where the author was getting his information, but also pointed me in the right direction if I wanted more information
-Formatting - I almost didn't use the book because the excessive bolding and underlining was almost too much at first! But you get used to it. What still bothers me is the excessive use of nonmedical abbreviations. He does explain most of them at the beginning of the book, but then there were some I found that I was not familiar with and weren't in the beginning, so that was frustrating. There are also a few typos, but I would expect that from a first edition
-Lack of color/higher quality images - ESPECIALLY for derm. I really couldn't use this book to study for derm because of the lack of color images, which was a shame. I realize color printing probably costs more, but I would be willing to pay more for the book if it had color images
-Lack of an index - even the index added online later is not the best. For instance, I was trying to find Salmonella, because I knew I'd read about it in the book somewhere, but I had forgotten where - luckily I remembered it was in the section about Infectious Diarrhea, because the added index is very basic and you could not simply look up Salmonella, which really becomes a problem in a 400+ page book
-Lack of review questions at the end of each chapter - this might just be me, but I wish more review books would implement review questions at the end of chapters to help you learn what they just taught you! Not even necessarily PANCE-level questions (there is an entire other book dedicated to that, after all), just questions to reinforce section concepts. I really haven't found a review book that does this, but I think it would be a great idea!
I hope this review doesn't sound too down on the book, because I stand behind my 5 star rating! The content is what really separates the book from the rest. All of the other comments are really just ideas that I hope the author implements a few of for later editions. I never write reviews and this book inspired me to do so, so he must be doing something right :) If I remember, I'll update with my progress through clinical year and the PANCE!
It's layed out very well and very easy to study from. I recommend this for any PA student or practicing PA. It's all black and white but does include images that are still pretty good quality. What I really love about this book is everything that's in there is there for a reason. It's divided up into all the main components of the PANCE, has great tables for comparing similar conditions, and many extra sections for things like EKG's or drugs.
Buy it! You really won't regret it.