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    Alright.. there aren't many review books to choose from, but I've know of the main ones.. My question is this... There is a lot of disagreement between the various texts/professors on the spinal levels of sympathetic innervation and distribution... e.g. Some will tell you that the heart is T1-T6 some say T1-T5......Some say the esophagus is T1-T6 and some say T2-T7... basically i keep on hearing conflicting answers from all directions. Does anyone know what the real answers are, not that there are "real" answers, but in regards to the boards coming up, does anyone know what book or website, or anything has the standard answers that we'll see on COMLEX????
     

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      Originally posted by RockandRolldoc
      Alright.. there aren't many review books to choose from, but I've know of the main ones.. My question is this... There is a lot of disagreement between the various texts/professors on the spinal levels of sympathetic innervation and distribution... e.g. Some will tell you that the heart is T1-T6 some say T1-T5......Some say the esophagus is T1-T6 and some say T2-T7... basically i keep on hearing conflicting answers from all directions. Does anyone know what the real answers are, not that there are "real" answers, but in regards to the boards coming up, does anyone know what book or website, or anything has the standard answers that we'll see on COMLEX????

      There is no right answer....and the answers on the COMpLEX will be which ever answer people chose the most often.
       

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        Sadly the above poster is right...the COMLEX OMT was soo poorly worded....and esoteric....it was rediculous.

        The book everyone reccommends is OMT by Saverese....he is a Nova grad.


        It is frustrating...TRUST me...

        Read the book...know the visceral-somatic and autonomics...and do your best...
         
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          Originally posted by RockandRolldoc
          Alright.. there aren't many review books to choose from, but I've know of the main ones.. My question is this... There is a lot of disagreement between the various texts/professors on the spinal levels of sympathetic innervation and distribution... e.g. Some will tell you that the heart is T1-T6 some say T1-T5......Some say the esophagus is T1-T6 and some say T2-T7... basically i keep on hearing conflicting answers from all directions. Does anyone know what the real answers are, not that there are "real" answers, but in regards to the boards coming up, does anyone know what book or website, or anything has the standard answers that we'll see on COMLEX????

          According to what I was told by one of my school's OMT instructors, the "official" viscerosomatic reflex chart is the one in the Kuchera book. (I forget the name, but it's a white book around 1-1/2 inches thick). Hope this helps.
           

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            I think the book is called "osteopathic considerations in systemic dysfunctions." OMM questions in complex are tend to be much more straightforward and without controversy since some knowledge or technique can be different from other schools. Study OMM that is why you are in DO school.
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              Originally posted by RockandRolldoc
              Alright.. there aren't many review books to choose from, but I've know of the main ones.. My question is this... There is a lot of disagreement between the various texts/professors on the spinal levels of sympathetic innervation and distribution... e.g. Some will tell you that the heart is T1-T6 some say T1-T5......Some say the esophagus is T1-T6 and some say T2-T7... basically i keep on hearing conflicting answers from all directions. Does anyone know what the real answers are, not that there are "real" answers, but in regards to the boards coming up, does anyone know what book or website, or anything has the standard answers that we'll see on COMLEX????

              Fear not! Regarding sympathetic levels (which is by far the vast majority of the OMM questions), the answer choices won't be as specific as you fear. The choices for heart will be:
              R T3
              BL T10
              R T 7
              L T 3
              L T 7

              So the obvious choice is Left T 3. See? Fear not, just know the general area.

              I used OMT by Savarese EXCLUSIVELY for both step 1 and step 2 and scored 93% and 99% respsectively. It is hands down the ONLY OMT review book you'll need. Hence the name. :)

              Q, DO
               

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                I have used Savarese as part of my study guide to clear up some points, but there are a few things in the book which are downright wrong. Someone mentioned earlier about discrepancies from text to text and this is true because different texts cite different research. Same reason you find different statistical results in anatomy and clinical texts from many disciplines.

                Savarese will give you what you need to do well on the COMLEX (along with what you remember from lab and lecture), but if you are interested in using OMT as a daily part of your practice or want to expand your OMT skills, there are many other books.

                The books by Kuchera are regarded as the "industry standard". Foundations is a great book, but certainly not a good review text. The DiGiovanna & Schiowitz text that many schools used is good because it cites so many different studies and other texts...really gives you a good overview of things.
                 

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                  Savarese - need to only memorize two charts - sympathetic and parasympathetic innervations. This will get you 85% of the OMT questions. The other 15% seemed to be Craniosacral BS which I wouldn't have been able to answer even if I had studied it.

                  Just got my grades from Jan Step 2 - and there was so few OMT questions, relatively speaking, that my performance profile encompassed both High performance and Borderline on Osteopathic Principles and Practice, and High performance of General Osteopathic Medicine. Spent a total of 1 hour studying OMT for Step 2.
                   
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