MCQs for Cardiology Knowledge Based Assessment (2014) (PDF) Daniel Augustine

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Basic Information:

  • Year: 2014
  • Page Number: 208
  • File Type: PDF
  • File Size: 5.64 MB
  • Authors/ Editiors: Daniel Augustine

Description:

The first MCQ preparation book on the market for the KBA in Cardiology, MCQs for Cardiology Knowledge Based Assessment features over 260 questions exactly mirroring the format and content of the exam. 11 focused sequences of questions are followed by detailed explanatory answers, which draw in the relevant aspects of the current syllabus, refer you to further reading and provide you with the broad base of knowledge the examiners expect. Written by a team of cardiology registrars and consultants with recent experience of the exam, the format is designed to give you hands-on experience of the level and type of questions you can expect in the real thing. In addition to a huge variety of images and case scenarios forming the basis of clinical question stems, the book is accompanied by a DVD featuring dozens of video loops – ranging from coronary angiograms to echocardiography – to help you become practised at responding to a clinical stimulus in the context of a Best of Five question.

Covering the whole scope of the syllabus and offering a truly authentic experience of the exam, MCQs for Cardiology Knowledge Based Assessment is the insider’s guide to the KBA, to ensure you gain both the confidence and knowledge to pass.

User’s Review:

This book fills a void in the “cardiology reassessment” market as it applies to the UK, specifically KBA. Book is divided into 11 chapters which have 20-30 questions each and answers at the end of each chapter. It is the only book from UK based authors on KBA review.

It is a reasonable attempt. The questions are all clinically focused with lots of case scenarios and links to guidelines. If you are taking KBA, this is very good revision. The authors should be commended.

The book does suffer from two minor flaws. One is that in many scenarios that are given in the book, more than one options provided could be correct. For instance, in a patient with repaired ToF who is getting more breathless and is known to have moderate to severe PR as well as QTc >= 190, you would consider an ICD and you would also consider that this is due to haemodynamic consequences of PR. To chose between these two is choosing between two right answers. There are also instances of “double negatives” which I personally dislike immensely (Lazy question making). The second flaw is that the accompanying DVD has 22 movies. It could have been (and I hope in future) utilised better with ECGs/tapes/Clinical signs as well as more echocardiograms.

There’s a bif of a gap in the market for cardiology KBA preparation books, which this book goes some way towards filling. Answers are concise enough that you don’t get bogged down in detail, but give enough to help clarify why you chose right (or wrong), or to highlight areas that need further study. I find practice MCQs with supplementary study one of the best ways to learn so overall I would recommend.

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