Essentials for the Canadian Medical Licensing Exam: Review and Prep for MCCQE Part I Paperback – Apr 16 2009
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The layout is not always organized (e.g. text bullets and then 2 pages of huge tables and then the text continues, which makes things very disjointed for the reader) and the flow charts are not as intuitive/logical as the ones in Toronto Notes or the USMLE First Aid books. There are tables for virtually every presenting complaint, and I usually like tables, but these ones are sometimes too cluttered.
As others have also mentioned, there are typos. I knew to expect a few, but there are a LOT! Not just formatting/punctuation/spelling, but some actually errors (e.g. it says IUD's are not a risk factor for ectopic pregnancy, then a few pages later says that they are). But hands down the worst typo I came across was in the flow chart for spousal abuse - the branches were "willing to leave" or "unwilling to leave" but instead they wrote "unwilling to LEARN"! :S
It is more manageable because it is more concise than the Toronto Notes. However, one annoying thing is that they use a zillion acronyms (not just the regular ones we come across in other medical books) and the first time an acronym is used, they don't write the phrase/disorder out in full. So I found myself constantly flipping to the guide at the back to find out what they all stand for.
That said, I do like how it is tailored to the LMCC and seems to cover most of the objectives. Some of the "key point" boxes are helpful too (however, the CLEO boxes seem a bit random -- basically a bunch of boxes that say "don't miss this, they will sue you... don't forget this, they will also sue you").
I think this book will be a great resource after some heavy editing! It's a brand new book and certainly will improve with future editions.
I read toronto notes. I read this. The only advantage to this book is that it summarizes some differentials in some novel flowcharts. Some of these flowcharts need to be edited as they seem to be needlessly complicated.
Oh yeah - some parts of this book are so similar to toronto notes that it is very suspicious.
This book is by no means 'essential'. It is nice that they include an online copy and online questions (I added a star for this point alone).
This book completely ignores the fact that there is a CDM section on the exam. Deducted a star for this. This would be SUCH an easy thing to write a section on. CDM questions are very daunting when you think about them - but they're REALLY not that hard compared to MCQs - they really just require memorizing lists. Lists that could be arranged and sorted for us in this book!!
If a second edition addressed most of these concerns (as well as spelling errors - yikes!!) then this book would be more 'essential'
There are only 100 online questions but they are a good extra resource. There are some typos which are annoying but no major errors.
Overall a practical study guide that along with more in-depth resources is a good tool for approaching the exam.
Most recent customer reviews
Decent prep book for the LMCC1. Not too overwhelming but just enough detail to get the job done.Published 18 months ago by canadianmd
This book may work as a guideline for topics that you need to study but it should not be your main/only resource. Read morePublished on March 24 2012 by jack
Essentials for the Canadian Medical Licensing Exam: Review and Prep for MCCQE Part I , i bought this book but defiantly it is waste of money. very useless book. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2012 by S. Smith
Very useful book that covers all the objectives of the LMCC/USMLE-2. Easy to read, well laid-out, good diagrams and explanations. Read morePublished on March 28 2010 by Nawaaz Nathoo
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