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Family Practice Examination and Board Review, 3rd Edition

An engagingly written case-based review for the Family Medicine Board Examination and the USMLE Step 3

Family Practice Examination and Board Review, Third Edition is the ideal study guide for the primary and recertification exam in family medicine and for licensure exams. The third edition has been completely updated with new cases, new questions, and new study results–and you’ll also find new bits of humor that make the book fun to read and your study more enjoyable. This trusted review has been applauded by residents and students for its “building-block approach” to teaching that assures you understand one subject before moving on to the next.


  • More than 360 progressive case studies that reflect the realities of clinical practice and prepare you for your exams
  • A 149-question final exam with answers referenced to pages in the book
  • Detailed answer explanations for most questions that explain not only why an answer is right, but why the other answers are wrong
  • Comprehensive coverage of ALL topics on the boards and recertifying exam
  • Super-effective learning aids such as Quick Quizzes, learning objectives, clinical pearls, and more
  • Color photographs of conditions most easily diagnosed by appearance
  • Written not only to help you pass your exams, but to also update your knowledge of family medicine with state-of-the-art information
  • An outstanding refresher for primary care physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners

About the Author

Mark Graber, MD
Professor of Family and Emergency Medicine
University of Iowa College of Medicine
Iowa City, Iowa

Jason Wilbur, MD
Associate Professor of Family Medicine
University of Iowa College of Medicine
Iowa City, Iowa

I completed my examination on 4/11/13 and can safely say that this review book was fantastic – covering the breadth and depth for topics on the examination very well. This was my sole resource for studying (aside from looking up specific topics that were brought to my attention in the book which I wanted to know more about and a review of ALSO) and I feel very good about that decision.

I’ve used Swanson and Core Content in the past, but this was much better, and included information which will change my practice. My background: practice inpatient, outpatient and maternity care and teach at a medical school/residency. Years experience: 10. # boards taken so far: 2.

My advice:
1. Study topics in order of the % of the examination (Respiratory, then Cardiac, etc.)
2. Take hand written notes while working through the book.
3. Review hand written notes every 3 chapters – for me, the act of writing things out cements it in my head.

Areas on which I wished I had spent a little more time: ID, Vaccinations, Neuro. Only other note is that this book was published in 2012, so as we move farther out from then, see if they have an update. My hope is that they will update online and make hard copy updates every 2-3 years. Good luck!

I just took my recert. My practice is rural, strictly outpatient, no OB, about 5% peds. This book helped a lot. Would highly recommend this book. I only wish that I went through this book couple of times instead of wasting almost 1000 dollars on review prep which was such a waste of time and money. Absolute waste of time.

My opinion: this book is all that you need. Go through it couple of times paying attention to the helpful tips box. It really helped a lot. And pay particular attention to the explanation of wrong answers. Also if you are AAFP member, definitely do the board review questions.

I had bought a $900 review course and was frustrated and moving slowly. Then I got this book and it was awesome! Funny, clear cases moved through new topics quickly and the jokes were paced just right to keep my attention. They had a psychic sense of which topics and kegs would be on the test. I can trace at least 8 questions from the pulm section I had read the day before I may have missed and were on the test. I intend to keep reading this book in the future to keep my skills sharp.

My residents created a question review session as part of their Board review self-study and selected this book to use. I was initially unfamiliar with this book and discussed other texts for their consideration. In the end, they stayed with the Graber book, and since I was the faculty person working with them, I bought my own copy. Well, I have been using the book for about a month now and I really like it.

The format is case-based and the topics are very appropriate for family physicians. The style of presentation is breezy and quite funny at times, and those are qualities which take the drudgery out of studying. My only suggestion is that the book come with some type of device to cover the answers (a piece of stiff paper or cardboard, perhaps?), because it is too tempting to peek at the paragraph right below the question to get the correct answer. This is really not a big deal, as a bit of practice and a lot of discipline takes care of this issue.

All in all, a great value for the money, well-referenced, and a useful tool for doing the necessary work of both becoming certified and staying current.

Product Details :

  • Series: Family Practice Examination and Board Review
  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 3 edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071781854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071781855
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches

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