You'll never find an easier, more efficient, and more focused way to ace immunology and immunology-related questions on the USMLE and course examinations than the USMLE Road Map. Designed to provide maximum learning in minimum time, this completely up-to-date USMLE Road Map offers a concise, creative, and well-illustrated approach to mastering immunology.
The right way - the right questions - the right results
• USMLE SHORTCUTS for effective USMLE preparation
• OUTLINE FORMAT guides you through the most important areas in immunology
• HIGH-YIELD FACTS promote comprehension and recall
• TWO-COLOR FORMAT AND ILLUSTRATIONS make essential concepts easy to understand and remember
• LEARNING TIPS AND TRICKS garnered from years of interaction with students just like you
• CLEAR EXPLANATIONS from instructors with the experience to know the questions you would ask
Michael J. Parmley, PhD - Department of Microbiology
Molecular Genetics and Immunology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
Reviewer:Marion C. Cohen, PhD(University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-NJMS)
Description:This book is part of the USMLE Road Map series which is designed to help medical students prepare for part 1 of the national boards. The information is presented in outline format and the book reads like a good set of immunology course notes.
Purpose:The purpose of the Road Map series, as described by the publisher, is to provide a source for efficient review of major concepts and information. The facts are connected in a framework that allows retention of concepts and data. While it would be difficult to use as a textbook by itself, it could serve as a good way of organizing information for study for part 1 of the boards.
Audience:The audience is primarily second year medical students preparing for the boards. It could also serve as a good review for any advanced exams in which immunology plays an important role. The author is an experienced immunologist with a research interest in cytokines, but, more importantly, he is considered an outstanding teacher and has received recognition from his school for his abilities.
Features:The book covers the material that would be included in an immunology course in any U.S. medical school. The chapters follow the order found in standard immunology textbooks. The data are presented in outline form, but in full sentences. There are two color figures which are helpful. Clinical information (called correlations) is identified. The clinical problems for each chapter are questions in USMLE style and are well written. There are no references. This book is meant to be used in addition to a student's notes and an assigned textbook and not in place of these sources of information.
Assessment:This is a well thought out review book that is up to date. For students who feel that their own notes are disorganized or incomplete, this would be a helpful study guide. Moreover, the clinical questions provide a good start to thinking about what might show up on the board exam.