- Series: Board Review Series
- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 1 edition (August 4, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0781721296
- ISBN-13: 978-0781721295
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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BRS Pediatrics (Board Review Series) 1st Edition
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Here's what I love about it:
- Leaves nothing out. It's meant to be a complete package and it succeeds. Case Files does it's best to cover everything by working outlying issues into semi-related cases, but some information still falls through the cracks. In BRS, it's all there as you go through it
- Incredibly organized. I think this is the main strength of BRS. You can go through whichever topics you want, as in depth as you want making it perfect for both learning and review. Resources like Pretest and Case Files have little, if any organization, and are somewhat difficult to use for anything other than learning exactly the way it's presented.
- Quality questions. The questions are superb, and with nearly 400 questions that are tied into the information presented, Pretests 500 questions (and questions only) seem pretty superfluous.
Remember, pediatrics is a massive subject, and BRS is a large, dense book by necessity. But it's an easy read and the impeccable organization allows you to go shallower on subjects that you feel confident on.
Do yourself a favor and get this at the beginning of you pediatrics rotation. You won't regret using it.
/+/ Covers the majority of the information that is on the shelf for the Peds clerkship.
/+/ Relatively streamlined presentation of information - while it's still a fairly lengthy read, it's definitely doable during the Peds clerkship if you read a little bit each day.
/+/ Well-organized. I appreciate the way the chapters were divided, as I thought that it made sense and made it easier to pick certain topics to focus on (for example, I was able to read the Emergency Medicine chapter before my Peds ED portion of the clerkship).
/-/ The book is old, with the first edition (which I was I bought, and until I went to review I had no idea that an updated edition was on the way) being released in 2004. Some of the information is obviously outdated as a result. Does that matter for the shelf (which is composed of questions that are several years old and have been phased out of the Step 2 CK bank)? Probably not overall - there may be some discrepancies here and there, but nothing major as far as I could tell. Just don't expect it to be suitable for actual clinical decision making on the wards, though you should probably say the same about any test-prep review book.
For what it's worth, I read BRS, did UWorld, did parts of PreTest, and watched the OnlineMedEd videos to prepare for the shelf. I didn't do the end of chapter questions in BRS as I found them to be less helpful than UWorld or PreTest, but if you're looking for additional questions it's an added bonus. Overall, I'd recommend BRS for anyone in the Peds clerkship. It'll work better for people who prefer reading about material first and then doing questions (rather than learning from doing questions alone), but I could still see it being useful even for the latter type of student if they also like to have something where they can look up more shelf-relevant information about a particular disease (similar to how most people use First Aid when Step studying).