hey, what do you all think about the Blueprints series for rotations and shelf exams? The books seem easy to read, but are they comprehensive enough? If not, what (relatively short!) book would you recommend?
I agree. I think that you just have to know how to use the blueprint series. It's not meant to be a reference for the wards or as something that will give you all the answers if you have it open while taking the shelves. It's just meant to be an easy read that gives you a basic background on all subjects in the specialty for test-taking purposes. Ultimately, you still must rely on question books like pre-test and reading up on your patients and diseases in texts like Current Medical Diagnosis or NMS for Surgery for the specific knowledge that is necessary for the shelves.Originally posted by kem
I liked Blueprints for Medicine, Ob-gyn, and Peds so far (my shelf is on Thurs). I always supplement with question books like NMS, Pretest, and MKSAP (for medicine). Sometimes Blueprints doesn't seem 100% complete, but the way I learn I would never get through NMS and I'd rather try and know most of a shorter book then get overwhelmed in details from a longer book. But that's just me.