- Year: 2014
- Page Number: 633
- File Type: PDF
- File Size: 28.52 MB
- Authors/ Editiors: Hanna K. Gaggin
MGH Cardiology Board Review is intended for physicians studying for the Cardiology Board Examination (Initial Certification or Re-certification) and for any busy practitioners who would like to review high-yield cardiology such as those in cardiology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, family practice, or even surgery. Designed for those on the go, each section is meant to be completed in 30 minutes; and at 30 minutes a day, the reader will have a complete overview of up-to-date information in 30 days. Each section has a concise didactic followed by a questions section with an identical format to the Cardiovascular Board Examination of the American Board of Internal Medicine.This book is from the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cardiology Division, one of the most respected cardiology programs in the world and is its first Cardiology review book.
Preparing for the cardiology board examination is an intensely stressful period and traditionally relies on the participant searching through their own references, whether that be the large textbooks, small handbooks and their own notes. Good books are generally too long and time-consuming, while shorter books are either insubstantial in content or rely too much on the views of one author. The key elements for a successful reference for those taking their boards are a balanced proportion of essential content alongside rare but frequently tested topics, the wisdom of experts in the field, a practical questions session at the end of every topic and additional visuals not possible on the two-dimensional page.
In the MGH Cardiology Board Review, the Editors have compiled the expertise of over 72 experienced authors from the Mass General in a succinct volume, applying methods thoroughly tested in the Board Review Conference. In addition, two very important sections are included on ECGs and images, contents of which are derived from the board examination answer keys, the very ones that readers are expected to know. Plans on how to best approach the board examination preparation and what additional resources to go to are provided. In short, this book has all the strengths to ensure your success on the boards exam.
I bought this before beginning my cardiology fellowship to utilize as a reference. With that disclaimer, I cannot speak to its value as a board prep tool persay, but recognize that it is written similarly to well-written review books that I’ve used in the past. Specifically, the book has listings of high-yield basics with core background material, complete with diagrams/important tracings, and listings of main differentiating features that define and evaluate various disease states. There is a high emphasis on guideline-driven practice and some clinical study references. The main utility is as a review for someone with some already-established clinical background in cardiology. The main downside is only one in which the book is not a relaxing pleasurable read, or full of tremendous discussion. For that, a standard textbook like Braunwald’s would be better. At the same time, this book is not trying to fill that role. I think as a review book for someone at my level, it is filling the bill. Certain elements could be improved in a future version to reflect the latest guidelines and practice patterns, as even in the last few years much of this has been updated. All in all, this book may be a reasonable review reference for someone in their fellowship, and perhaps one studying for their boards albeit I cannot speak from experience to that. However, it’s best combined with the learning from one’s clinical experience as well as didactic reading from more detailed texts or articles.
“It aims to summarize and review the most important concepts asked on the ABIM certification and recertification examination on cardiovascular diseases. It is intended for physicians in training and practice who are preparing for the cardiology boards. … This is a well-structured, concise review that covers the most high-yield topics in cardiology, with a particular focus on board preparation. It is well positioned to become the backbone of any cardiologist’s preparation for the exams.” (Alban De Schutter, Doody’s Book Reviews, February, 2014)
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