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Blueprints Pediatrics (Blueprints Series), 6th Edition

Blueprints Pediatrics provides students with a concise, “need-to-know” review for the pediatrics rotation and the Boards. Each chapter is brief, written in narrative format, and includes pedagogical features such as bolded key words, tables, figures, and key points. This edition includes 2 new sections — For the Boards, which presents 10 USMLE-style questions (answers & rationales at the end of the book) and For the Wards, a section of 2 case studies per chapters — 40 to 50 cases, total. This edition includes 26 full-color dermatology and infectious disease photographs and multicolored flow diagrams of congenital heart defects. A website on thePoint includes the e-Book and 50-100 bonus questions in a question bank.

This is a long read but I hope it saves some other med students from getting stuck with a horrendous text days before their shelf. I bought this for my pediatric clerkship and am currently using it to study for my shelf exam. I’m not sure why there are any positive reviews; it’s probably a few med students attempting a self fulfilling prophecy or friends of the authors. I’ve actually read about half of it by now and have skimmed a great part of it, here’s what I don’t like and why (with specific examples if you care to read):

1. Errors. Both typographical and content errors. Every medical review book will have errors (see First Aid errata every year), but some of the errors really should have been fixed by now. For example, this edition is from 2013 and doesn’t incorporate changes to the Tdap vaccination schedule put in place by the ACIP in 2005. It’s wrong about erythromycin prophylaxis and ophthalmia neonatorum d/t chlamydia trachomatis. Also it fails to mention hydrocephalus as a feature of congenital toxoplasmosis, which I only mention because it’s part of a classic triad, not just one of the random ones. Just to name a few.
2. Content, or lack thereof. Several topics I found important throughout the rotation are nowhere to be found in the book. Unless they’re mentioned in passing in some parts I haven’t read thoroughly (but I check the index). Examples of topics I’ve realized are missing in one day of studying alone include effects of gestational diabetes, craniotabes, SUBGALEAL HEMORRHAGE, CELIAC DISEASE and TUBERCULOSIS. For how long and full of fluff this book is, it is missing some important topics.
3. The formatting. Just awful. There are a bunch of mistakes about how certain headers and sub-headers are stylized so while skimming for a particular topic (in the Infectious Disease section for example) it gets frustrating.
4. It’s full of fluff text and not to-the-point. Some of the sentences are convoluted and awkwardly written making getting the pertinent points out of them slower.
5. Rather than giving certain topics it’s own section (like epiglottitis) it addresses them in full (epidemiology, presentation, treatment, etc) as a tangent within a section of another condition. This can get you in trouble if you’re just skimming for pertinent information.

Ok rant off. I’m burning this thing soon since I’m not cruel enough to try to pawn it off on a friend or classmate.

This was the only real resource I used for my shelf exam, and it certainly assured that I did very well! It has a great overview of all topics, and goes into enough detail that you have a solid understanding without being overwhelmed by minutia. Compared to my classmates that used Case Files for Pediatrics, I did much better, and felt like I could better perform on the rotation itself.
However- It does take much longer to get through than Case files, so if you’re the kind of student that puts off studying until the last week before your shelf exam, I’d get Case. Otherwise, Blueprints hands down!

If I wanted an in depth review of pediatrics, this is the book to turn into. The graphs and charts in the book are very helpful with memorizing and understanding. The end of chapter summary lets me know what I needed to remember. The end of chapter questions are also great way to review the chapter. I wish there were more colorful pictures throughout the chapter instead of having all the colored pictures in the middle of the book.

Book was very thorough and complete with excellent cases at the end. Would recommend to start reading at the very beginning of your peds rotation because there are a lot of chapters. Some would say that there is too much detail but I would argue that plenty of the finer detail diseases are fair game on the Shelf exam. This book will more than prepare for the Peds portion on your Step 2 exam.

Product Details :

  • Series: Blueprints Series
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Sixth edition (March 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451116047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451116045
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.8 x 0.7 inches

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