I agree. Although I haven't taken step 2 yet, I read most of Beckmann while doing my clerkship, and I did well on my shelf exam.Originally posted by jpgreer13
Beckmann is a fantastic textbook for OB/GYN. What I liked about it is that it coves all 64 of the ACOG objectives and tells you in each chapter which objectives it's covering there. It was our required reading for our clerkship, and having just taken Step 2 last week, I felt OB/GYN was one of my strongest areas - and I don't even LIKE OB/GYN. If you've got the time, I'd read it.
OB-Gyn was my very first rotation and I pretty much used ONLY blueprints. It was actually my highest shelf score (93). I definitely think that this is one of the BEST blueprints.Halaljello said:our senior panel told us blueprints sucked and high yield OB GYN was the way to go. any thoughts about this?
well OB rotations require a lot of bedside skills,so i prefer u to purchase a book written by Dr.JAMES DRIFE clincal obg 516 pages,452 illustrations,saunders publishes feb 2004,price 28.99 poundsGiJoe said:I'm starting my OB rotation tomorrow and was wondering what books are the best to get and any advice you guys might have?
kornphan said:Whats a good book for OB/Gyne rotation ? ( I start this in a few weeks.) Thanks..
I used pretest and blueprints exclusively for ob/gyn. Non-call days were technically pretty easy on ob. But the people were such asses that I didn't even want to think about it when I got home. So I did screw-all study. Really, theres not all that much to know about ob/gyn. So don't sweat it too much, it's one of the easier shelfs. Seemed like every other question was about bleeding so know that well. Good luck.ginger_flower said:Thanks Guys! Any word on Lange Case Files by Toy? Someone gave me the book and I'm wondering if it will be a good use of our apparantly limited time ... so I hear from the PTSD afflicted ppl just on ob/gyn.
Art Vandelay said:My "motto" for shelf exams is questions, questions, and more questions. For OB, A & L was pretty detailed, but it was still pretty good. The questions in Blueprints were quite good. I also thought FA was much better than BP because it hits the shelfworthy things in a more thoughtfull way. Pre-test was decent but tends to have way too much un-shelfworthy material. The exam itself was pretty fair. I think the key is to really ask yourself why they are asking the question. They take the basic concepts and try to bury them in a bunch of useless text and lab values. I remember one question that vaguely described someone w/ Sheehan's syndrome and then asked what the first step in her w/u would be. I had to "step back" and see that it was in fact sheehan's and then it was much easier to sort out. The question was based around amenorrhea, so at first glance it seemed pretty vague. Anyway, hope this helps.
Nice job PAC! I'll be using Blueprints then.PACtoDOC said:I used Blueprints exclusively. I scored a 95 on it and felt is was a rather easy shelf compared to Peds and Psych that I have also taken. I am just hoping to have passed Psych, as I took it yesterday.
BP was woefully inadequate for the shelf in my experience and according to many people at my school. Case Files saved my arse. Use it.Cpt.Hook Hamate said:I am just looking for a "good" question source...something I can at least stomach. Anyone knows of any other 'good" Q & A ob/gyn boook besides the above mentioned?
Yeah, pretest and A&L were pretty much spot on for ob, I found. I used brs too. There's really not all that much to learn for Ob/gyn. OP, don't sweat it too much.12R34Y said:What's wrong with pretest? I've used pretest for surgery, peds, and OB and scored above the 90% in all of them on the shelf.
i think they rock personally. they seriously over prepare you in my opinion. I think they are quite challenging and sometimes they can be ridiculous, but you learn a ton in the explanations. I highly recommend them. they're working like a charm for me this year.
Did you take the same ob shelf i took!?? I found that Pretest was good for what one should know "in theory" (for a fair test), but I found the shelf to contain TONS of questions about breast onc, weird repro tract tumors, and had all these impossible pictures that I couldn't decipher, things that weren't even hinted at in Pretest.phoenixsupra said:Yeah, pretest and A&L were pretty much spot on for ob, I found. I used brs too. There's really not all that much to learn for Ob/gyn. OP, don't sweat it too much.
I don't know if I had the same test as you. I just took the psych shelf a few days ago. Someone who also took it on Friday posted a thread here describing his test, and it seemed way harder than mine so I guess they vary a fair bit. Fortunately they're curved so it doesn't really matter.Mike59 said:Did you take the same ob shelf i took!?? I found that Pretest was good for what one should know "in theory" (for a fair test), but I found the shelf to contain TONS of questions about breast onc, weird repro tract tumors, and had all these impossible pictures that I couldn't decipher, things that weren't even hinted at in Pretest.
I honestly don't know what one can do to prepare for that test. I think doing well is a matter of combining your book knowledge with your individual on-the-job learning experience in the ob ward, especially when it comes to management issues and ordering appropriate investigations.
I used the Case Files Ob/Gyn. The book was easy to read and very complete, and the questions were superb. Ended up Honoring Ob/Gyn because of my 88 shelf exam score.ziffy 850 said:Any suggestions on what to use for books for this rotation. I really know very little about this field and I need all the help I can get. Alsom is the shelf difficult?