7+ Year Member
- Aug 22, 2011
Now that people are finding out how they did on the written boards, what review books/ practice questions did you find most helpful?
Matthes is good. I had board examiners in my program, the clinical competency committee chair, and a few fellowed attendings look it over, because everyone said Hall was the standard, and I was concerned I may have had the wrong book. They thought the questions were quite good, and challenged them. Glad I stuck with it.I agree, between the paperback and app i've spent almost $200 on hall but its quite outdated. But it was the only q-book I had as a med student and intern.
I love Faust. In fact I still use it cause I"m not done taking freakin exams-- the chapters are so concise and digestible. Today I pulled it out to quickly review any peds pearls in there for the peds anesthesia boards tomorrow. Had forgotten how much I loved it. For my writtens four years ago, I used Faust, supplemented with Big Blue that I borrowed from a friend. Felt more than prepared. Of course did all the questions I could.Disclaimer, I'm a CA3 and haven't taken writtens yet.
What do you guys think about Faust? Several people in my class have the new edition and I've flipped through a few pages and it seems like a good review. I've been thinking about buying it but I'm afraid I wouldn't read it. I don't retain information very well if I just sit down and plow through a chapter. But perhaps the Faust chapters are short and concise enough to help keep me interested.
The method that I've been using for ITE's is using M5 and filling in the gaps with focused reading in Barash. If writtens are anything close to the ITE then M5 would be the best IMO. Its the only QBank I used for the CA2 ITE and I scored well.
I found open anesthesia helpful if I need to quickly brush up on a topic for an add on case or if I'm waiting for the surgeons to show up and consent the patient. I hate carrying a book with me so going online and doing a few M5 ?'s or OA topics is about the only only reading I do while I'm at work.
Having bought both the iPad and paperback copies and not being very impressed, I decided to not buy the new edition. That's disappointing to hear, but with the amount of outdated material in the 4th edition, I'm not surprised they didn't put much time in to updating the 5th edition. I tried reading the new Faust but I do better with questions so I'm sticking with M5 again this year. It's treated me well for CA1/CA2, so hopefully I'll be able to finish it again before the ITE in 20 days.Has anyone been using the new edition of Hall?
I just got the 5th edition via the iphone app and I've noticed more than a couple of errors. I'm actually pretty disappointed.
Having done the 4th edition questions, I can tell they changed answers without fully updating explanations. There are questions where the listed answer is incorrect and explanation supports a different answer. The whole thing feels sloppy and rushed.