Review of Surgery Basic Science and Clinical Topics for ABSITE (2006) (PDF) Gamal Mostafa

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Basic Information:

  • Year: 2006
  • Page Number: 456
  • File Type: PDF
  • File Size: 2.09 MB
  • Authors/ Editiors: Gamal Mostafa

Description:

Dr. Greene, the Springer author responsible for the highly successful AJCC product line as well as Minimally Invasive Cancer Management, is also a program director with vast experience in training general surgery residents. His co-author, Gamal Mostafa, is currently a fellow in the program who will be staying on to practice with Dr. Greene at Carolinas Medical Center. Contributors will include residents and fellows in the same training program to offer a unified and consistent approach to the material. The book is designed as a study guide for the annual American Board of Surgery In-Training Exam (ABSITE), given to surgical residents each of their 5 years of residency. While there are a number of competing books on this topic, Drs. Mostafa and Greene believe there is a need for a more innovative product that includes not only concisely written overviews of each topic covered on the exam but also a self-test aspect, which in this case is an accompanying with hundreds of sample questions.

One of the constants in the life of any young surgeon is the knowledge that a standardized exam will be an expected exercise both during and after one’s training in general surgery. As discussions continue regarding the best way to measure technical and professional competence, methods of testing will continue to take on new and more modern formats. It is obvious, however, that the knowledge base will continue to be a prime factor and that the volume of knowledge will continue to explode.

As we launched the development of a guide to facilitate the testing phase of surgical knowledge, the prime factor was to distill a large amount of information into a useable format and to provide the reader and future test taker with questions that would help during the study phase. As editors, we have had a number of years of training as well as participation in the training of others. We, therefore, appreciate the nuances and the types of material that are important, not only to answer test questions effectively, but also to have in our knowledge base in order to provide good clinical care.

Review of Surgery will help prepare residents for the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination, a major milestone in beginning a career in surgery.

Apart from challenging the individual resident taking the exam, ABSITE also challenges each surgery program to provide the best possible grounding in the basic science of surgery. This exam helps to determine areas of basic science strength and weakness for both individuals and institutions. As such, the results of this exam can be farreaching.

While designed specifically for the ABSITE, Review of Surgery also allows residents, interns, medical students and even physicians studying for recertification exams the opportunity to brush up on the underlying science they all need to know.

User’s Review:

May be people who like bullet-points style quick review books aren’t in favor of this one as it is made in a paragraph-text style, but with every chapter you can feel that you are getting the most high-yield points of that topic reviewed.

Very poor study tool for the ABSITE. I bought it to study as a third year taking the upper level exam. This information might be ok for a first year looking for night time reading material in July-December.

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