Synopses & Reviews
PreTest® is the medical students most dynamic weapon for mastering the USMLE Step 2.
Great for course review and clinical rotations, too! Psychiatry: PreTest asks the right questions so youll know the right answers.
PreTest® is the closest you can get to seeing the test before you take it.
This one-of-a-kind test prep guide helps you:
*Get to know material on the psychiatry shelf exam and the USMLE Step 2
*Practice with 500 clinical vignette-style questions and referenced answers
*Build confidence, skills, and knowledge
*Review key facts for exam success
There are plenty of answers out there. But only PreTest® delivers USMLE type questions in USMLE format.
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*Format that simulates the exam
*500 board-type questions
*Referenced answers and explanations
*Material reviewed by recent USMLE Step 2 test-takers
STUDENT TESTED AND REVIEWED
I know that my psychiatry portion will be substantially elevated following this review.
--A medical student who recently passed the USMLE Step 2
This small, paperback book is one of several in the Pretest Series of review books for medical students. The tenth edition was published in 2003.
The purpose is to provide medical students and international medical graduates with a comprehensive and convenient instrument for self assessment and review of psychiatric medicine. These are certainly worthy objectives, and they are met.
According to the authors, the book is targeted at medical students and international medical graduates who are either on their core psychiatry clerkship or studying for the USMLE. First year psychiatry residents also would find this book useful as a way to review core concepts.
Like all the Pretest Series books, this one is composed entirely of questions and answers divided into several sections, such as evaluation and assessment, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, mood disorders, and so on. Each section is composed of paragraph-style questions, with multiple-choice answers from which to choose. The correct answers are found at the end of each section.There is a full explanation of the correct answer, as well as why the other answers were incorrect. There are no illustrations or references, but there is an index.
The Pretest Series is widely used in preparing medical students for the clerkship shelf exams and the USMLE, and this psychiatry edition is, overall, quite good. The content is thorough, the questions concise, and the answers explained well. For those students who prefer to study using question-and answer type review books, this should fulfill their needs. It is nice to see an updated edition of this ever popular review book.
Weighted Numerical Score: 92 - 4 Stars!
Completely revised and small enough to fit in a lab coat pocket, this review of Psychiatry features 500 questions with answers and explanations, including 200 new questions in clinical vignette format. All questions are reviewed by recent USMLE Step 2 test-takers.
- 500 USMLE-style questions and answers referenced to core textbooks and journal articles
- Complete explanations discuss right and wrong answer options
- All questions are reviewed by students who have recently passed the exams
About the Author
Debra Klamen, MD
is Assistant Dean for Pre-Clerking Curriculum at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.
Philip Pan, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.