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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for some, not for others., December 12, 2008
This review is from: Step-Up to Medicine (Step-Up Series) (Paperback)
I'm a current 3rd year med student in the U.S. and recently completed my Medicine rotation. I bought this book because it seemed like it was so essential. I found that it was more useful as a reference book to read up about your particular patients than to study for the shelf, but then I guess that sort of is studying. Step Up really has good info about managing your patient's care though. It might also be quite useful for an intro to clinical medicine type of course where you are learning clinical details in an organ system by organ system basis to compliment your basic science knowledge.

However, it is long, very dense and the bullet point format is not easy to read/retain (at least for me). I don't know how people say they actually read through this in a few days and retain anything for the shelf exam.
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Initial post: Mar 23, 2009, 3:21:49 AM PDT
Bree says:
What book did you find more helpful for studying for the shelf exams, or studying for the USMLE step 2 CK?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2009, 2:08:46 PM PDT
Echidna says:
MKSAP 3 (now 4) for IM shelf and USMLEWorld for step 2 CK. For the psych shelf I liked Pre-test and First Aid, for OB-gyn First Aid, for Surgery the Pestana notes (ask the 4th years at your school). And for Peds I used USMLEWorld and First Aid. Just my $0.02.

Posted on Dec 30, 2011, 10:37:40 AM PST
Joseph says:
From a 2011 MS3, I am somewhat caught in the middle as to the usefulness of this book in its entirety for the shelf. It's a good reference, no doubt. But I was never able to finish this book before the shelf. In retrospect, I don't think it would have helped me much at all even if I finished the book or read through it several times. Unfortunately it does not teach me how to interpret a question; nothing replaces practicing with cases/questions. Having said that, this book is still something to have on the wards and to read through as much as one can. The Key Points on the sides are also pretty useful at times. MKSAP for Students 5 is now available; I went through 4 and 5 and found those more high-yield for the shelf, in terms of learning how to read questions and using important principles, which are highlighted in the MKSAP series.
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