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Used this book for the April 2013 recert exam. I read this book cover to cover and it is definitely a good start. I do not practice Family Medicine ( I work in an emergency room), so I do not use a lot of this material each day. This book brought me up to speed on the basic topics in Family medicine. There are quite a few typo mistakes, however they are easy to catch. Very little obstetrics on the exam (unless you choose that module). You can almost skip that section. However, you will need to review question/ answer format that is similar to the ABFM exam format. This book is NOT at all in the same type of question/answer format that is on the exam.
I highly suggest you review every question on the ABFM website from the last three years In-training exams. These questions are exactly the same format (also some identical questions were on the exam this year) as the true ABFM exam. There are hundreds of other similar question on the AAFP website, however you need to be a member to access those questions. Reviewing the ABFM/AAFP questions is probably more important, I think, than studying this book. I did both and scored very high on the exam. However I probably over studied. I started about three months before the exam.
I used Swanson’s paperback prior to successful recertification in 03. Now it is time to cram again. A friend was very happy with Graber and Wilbur’s book, so I looked at it. It was actually very fun to read due to their humorous insertions. Covers a lot of important topics, and the highlighted helpful tips are actually very helpful.
Somehow the Swanson seemed more polished, so I went with it. The lay out of Swanson isn’t conducive to my $69 Kindle. I had to get paperback because the questions and answers come in small clusters. I had to jump back and forth between different screens. Much easier to flip physical pages than multiple pushes of the forward/back buttons. The cluster of answers is followed by a discussion of the illustrated topics.
If I was determined to use the Kindle, I would have gone with Graber and Wilbur. The answer immediately follows each question.
Use the preview and Kindle Sample options on Amazon to see which you like better. Either one should all good test prep, if read. Failure to read won’t help in either case. Which will you more likely read?
I am a fourth year allopathic medical student on my primary care rotation.
I decided to purchase this book as a way to help guide my reading after the daily clinics. This review works better than the standard textbook because the format encourages active learning. The questions are answered in full detail with brief references to the landmark trials that set the standard of care discussed. In academic medicine, this sort of knowledge is a must.
I enjoy the outlines at the end of each chapter as well. They condense the major concepts that are to be retained. And everything is extremely high yield. If a patient walks in with arm pain, nausea, and crushing substernal pain, you will know precisely what tests to order and what steps to take. The authors put considerable effort into discussing the interventions that must be taken with a diagnosis–something that a resident or senior medical student must learn.
My only concerns are over the occasional misstatements and spelling errors. However, these are easily recognized by readers with some graduate health professions education (eg: referring to elevated anion gap acidosis as “hypernatremia” in the diabetes chapter).
Furthermore, some updates are needed as well. In question 20 on page 22, there is a reference to the endocannibinoid modulator “Rimonabant.” This drug is no longer being manufactured due to concerns over suicidal ideation side effects.
I trust that the authors are working at incorporating these suggestions into the next edition. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my experience with the book.
Product Details :
- Series: Swanson’s Family Medicine Review
- Paperback: 936 pages
- Publisher: Saunders; 7 edition (September 11, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455707902
- ISBN-13: 978-1455707904
- Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 8.4 x 10.6 inches