First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK, Tenth Edition 10th Edition (2019) (PDF) by Tao Le

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First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK, Tenth Edition 10th Edition (2019) (PDF) by Tao Le

Basic Information:

  • Year: 2019
  • Page Number: 656 pages
  • File Type: PDF
  • File Size: 10.17 MB
  • Authors/ Editiors: Tao Le

Description:

The most comprehensive and up-to-date high-yield review available for the USMLE® Step 2 CK —- completely revised and better than ever!

The expert author team that guided students to success on the USMLE® Step 1 presents the latest edition of this skill-sharpening review for the USMLE® Step 2 CK. With an easy-to-follow bulleted presentation of must-know diseases and disorders, this one-of-a-kind study companion offers the most current overview of all core areas on the boards. Included is a host of learning tools, from key facts and mnemonics to full-color illustrations and proven test-taking strategies―everything students need to pass the exam with flying colors.

User’s Review:

From the Publisher Tao Le, MD, MHS is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the University of Louisville.Vikas Bhushan, MD is a practicing diagnostic radiologist.

Reviews from Amazon users, collected at the time the book is getting published on UniedVRG. It can be related to shiping or paper quality instead of the book content:

⭐ If you’re looking for a First Aid similar to the go-to Step 1 source you used in 2nd year of med school, this is not the book. I found the content under each disease listing to be surprisingly inadequate. More specifically, there are a number of medical conditions that you need to know for shelf exams and Step 2 that are simply not covered in this book. And for the conditions they do list, some of the most important information to know with that condition is often missing.The book’s organization is poor-to-average, depending on which chapter you’re in. Each disease is explained in a generic format like this:-Pathophysiology-History/PE Findings-How to make the diagnosis-Treatment-ComplicationsThis would make for a great layout–only they don’t explain things very well within each subheading. Many of the subheadings are written in long paragraph form and are a pain to read through, especially since they contain a lot of unnecessary information. There’s practically no use of bold or underlined words to help point out key terms or buzzwords to know, and many of paragraph-long explanations could easily be turned into bullet points or a short list. It’s just not very readable.Also, many of the treatments they list for specific conditions are far too inclusive–at times they give 4 or 5 medications that could possibly treat an illness when it is clear you only need to know the one “classic” treatment, or possibly the 2nd-line option. This issue occurs in other subheadings as well. It’s almost like they were just trying to meet a word count in some sections there’s so much unnecessary information. Also, lots of unappetizing tables with way too much text that will just make your eyes glaze over when you try to read them. Seriously, you will see single boxes of text with multiple paragraphs inside them. It’s ridiculous. My point here is that somehow these guys found a way to simultaneously LEAVE OUT some of the most important information and GIVE WAY TOO MUCH of the most useless information.The book is not completely useless, but it’s not great either–especially for being a $50 book. There are “Key Facts” listed in the margins of each page with high yield factoids, as well as some brief classic case presentations that will make you guess the diagnosis/next step in evaluation, and those are actually pretty good. But I would recommend focusing your energy on the Uworld Step 2 CK Question Bank for an idea of what information is need-to-know and what information is just fluff. There are other books out there that will be worth your money long before you’ll ever need to resort to buying this book. Would not recommend getting it.

⭐ Pros: Useful brief summary of common diseases with many figures.Cons: Not covering as many subjects and not as updated, comprehensive, and detailed as Yale-G First Aid: Crush USMLE Step 2CK n 3. Psychiatry, Surgery, and some major diseases such as AIDS, CAD, DM, prostate cancer, breast cancer … are much better in Yale-G’s.

⭐ I’ve spent over a week with this book, and so far I like it. It’s well organized and goes into a good amount of detail for most of the high yield topics that will be tested on Step CK. Ya it may not be as perfect as First Aid for Step 1, but as far as the resources out there go, this one is pretty easy to get used to. The book also contains some mnemonics, key facts, and even short questions in the side columns (where you can also write notes). The book also has a lot of tables that compare and contrast similar disease processes. Overall, I think it is a solid resource to use throughout 3rd year.

⭐ So far I have been pretty impressed with this book. The format is nice in that for each disease it lists a small explanation of patho/phys, then proceeds with history/presentation, diagnostic tools and treatment/management. I have been using it along with UWorld and so far it has had most of the information to answer the questions. In fact, some of the diseases seem to have very very similar verbage to the explanations in UWorld, which makes me wonder if the writers got smart and started using UWorld to help organize the information in First Aid.My only complaint would be that the actual text in the book is quite large, and there is not much free space to take notes on the pages. For the next edition, I would suggest making the font size smaller to give more room to take notes on each page (like First Aid for Step 1).Also, I ordered mine from Amazon prime and did not have any issues with the printing of the pages like some others have mentioned.

⭐ I think FA for CK really stepped it up a notch for this version.Let me be very specific. They give first best workup, most accurate workup. Has few of the multitude of errors found in MTB2. Many of the topics in UWQbank were actually nicely reviewed in this book, I was shocked! Impressed to see the first aid ck take a huge step forward. I have friends who read MTB2/3 together to try to maximize Step2 score. This book has the equivalent of both.

⭐ I legit bought all the top books for CK study prep (e.g. FA, MTB, Step Up, Secrets) and I don’t know why I convinced myself I would be able to read them all or at least find one to stick to. I was always going back and forth between FA/MTB/SU to see which I might use as the ‘sole’ book for CK study. In the end, now that I’ve finished CK and am happy with my score, I can honestly say I loved FA CK because it’s super easy to read, not jam-packed with nitty-gritty detailed information, and has a decent layout of the concepts/information. It’s a book I found myself reading at the end of a study day, as I’m winding down, before bed, just wanting to review systems.I used SU to Medicine heavily for the first half of the study prep since it’s jam-packed with details of stuff you don’t necessarily need for CK. Although I loved the information and all the detailed information, there was no way I memorized all that nitty-gritty enough to regurgitate it back to you and it wasn’t always needed to answer these UW questions. It was good to read for that knowledge base but not one of those books you can quickly read and browse through. Def recommend that book to get baseline knowledge but FA CK would be my go-to for leisure reading to kinda bring all the concepts together and not be overwhelmed.I found myself almost forcing myself to read MTB since I wanted to get my money’s worth but in my opinion and in the way I study, it was not for me. It’s layout is different and method of teaching is different than what I am comfortable with.FA CK gives it to you straightforward: Name of Dz, a little pathophys, presentation, treatment, complications. bam. easy. next.SU to Med def does similar format but way more detail that sometimes you just get lost and not really productive.Good luck everyone and hope y’all do well

⭐ It’s missing a lot of information. You will struggle on UWorld. Very disappointing, considering they made First Aid: Step 1, which is amazing.On the bright side, there is a lot of room to write notes and all the diseases and treatments that are not included in this book.

⭐ I never write reviews. This is probably my first ever, but as a medical student I felt compelled. Do not buy this book. I have found errors and inconsistencies in diagnostic criteria, formulas. Get something else. Also, I have not been able to find an errata for this edition

⭐ I would recommend Master the Boards for CK review rather then FA.

⭐ Misprinted pages, some blurry, and some unreadable.

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