You need exposure to high-yield cases to excel on the pediatrics clerkship and on the shelf-exam. Case Files: Pediatrics presents 60 real-life cases that illustrate essential concepts in pediatrics. Each case includes a complete discussion, clinical pearls, references, definitions of key terms, and USMLE-style review questions. With this system, you’ll learn in the context of real patients, rather than merely memorize facts.
I suppose not everyone learns best from these Case Files books, but I find this system of studying very useful for downtime, or quick review during dinner. Remember to have a good reference (internet, current, etc…) to supplement this book’s rapid review format, because it doesn’t explain the “why” very well, but it is clinically useful. I usually read this the first two weeks, take notes on things I didn’t get, then look them up the last two weeks in a more dense book. Love it.
— Pete —