Specialty Board Review Cardiology by Ragavendra r. Baliga 


Specialty Board Review Cardiology by Ragavenda r.baliga


Specialty Board Review Cardiology by Ragavendra r.baliga is a medical education and assessment is focusing on the clinicians ability to “connect-the-dots” across pieces of information (JAMA, 2009;302:1332–1333). Acquiring new information requires both verbatim memory and gist memory. Verbatim memory includes recollection of facts (for example. reversible causes of pericardial effusion) whereas gist memory involves interpretation (for example that the elevated TSH is due to hypothyroidism and may be the cause of a pericardial effusion and bradycardia). Experienced clinicians rely on such gist-based reasoning and their clinical reasoning is superior because they are able to recognize the gist of clinical symptoms. This book has been put together keeping this in mind.

They key goals of this book and the accompanying CD (containing over 600 questions) is to provide a comprehensive review of core cardiovascular medicine curriculum to enhance not only verbatim memory but also improve the ability to ‘connect the dots’ and thereby prepare the reader for certification and re-certification examinations in cardiology including the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) boards in cardiovascular medicine, British Cardiovascular Society/European Cardiac Society Knowledge Based Assessment Exam, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) certification examination in cardiology, Fellow of Royal College of Australasian Physicians (FRACP) cardiology, Doctor of Medicine (DM) Cardiology and Diplomate of the National Board of Medicine (Cardiology).

This book should also be a valuable reference text for ABIM boards in Internal Medicine, Fellow of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPSC) Internal Medicine certification exam, MD (General Medicine), MRCP (UK), MRCP (Ireland), FRACP internal medicine certification, Diplomate of the National Board of Medicine (General Medicine) and Postgraduate Diploma in Cardiology at various universities in the UK.
This book should be a valuable reference text for internists, family physicians, anesthesiologists, critical care physicians and nurses, cardiovascular nurse practitioners, nurses and physician assistants and all physician extenders with an interest in cardiovascular care.
The book is best used at the bedside soon after or before the clinician sees the index patient.

This allows correlating facts in the book with bedside clinical fi ndings. I encourage readers of this book to follow this ‘Book-to-Bedside-to-Book’ approach to maximize their ability to ‘connect the dots’ and derive the best out of this book. I encourage readers to start using this book at least eighteen months before their board exams or ideally the month they start their cardiology fellowship program.

The unique quality of this book is that it includes contributors from several institutions allowing it to have a broad perspective. Contributors include faculty from Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital), Johns Hopkins, Baylor, Boston University, Cleveland Clinic, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Northwestern, NYU, Stanford, SLU, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Yale, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), University of Alabama, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), University of California San Diego (UCSD), University of Colorado, University of Maryland, University of Missouri, University of New Mexico (UNM), University of North Carolina (UNC), University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), University of Southern California, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle and The Ohio State University. The style of this book reflects this diversity of authors and follows an ‘open source’ format. The Section Editors role included soliciting articles and actively editing the articles to reflect the key goals of this book.

We hope that this book will help the reader to improve the ability to ‘connect-the-dots’ between theoretical aspects of cardiovascular medicine and the clinical management of the patient by the bedside with the ultimate goal of providing superior patient care.


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