Gastroenterology and Hepatology Board Review: Pearls of Wisdom, Third Edition

PREFACE

Gastroenterology and Hepatology Board Review: Pearls of Wisdom, Third Edition is designed to help you learn about gastrointestinal and liver diseases and prepare you for the In-Service and Board Examination in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The third edition brings with it many exciting upgrades. Every chapter has been extensively revised by a nationwide team of experts in their field. Several new chapters have been included, such as Gastrointestinal and Liver Radiology. Most notable is the increased use of images in this edition to test you on visual diagnosis. The incorporation of black and white photos directly into each chapter is supplemented with a separate gallery of full color images. Finally, each chapter ends with a list of up-to-date suggested readings for further remediation on the topic.

Before you get started, a few words are appropriate discussing the intent, format, limitations, and proper use of this book. Gastroenterology and Hepatology Board Review is primarily intended as a study aid structured in a question and answer format. Most of the questions are short with brief answers. This is to facilitate moving through a large body of information. Such a format, while unlike that in the actual Boards, is useful to enable you to assess your strengths and weaknesses in a particular area. This then allows you to concentrate further studies on areas of interest or weakness. Emphasis has been placed on distilling key facts that are easily overlooked, quickly forgotten, and that somehow seem to occur frequently on in-service and board examinations.

It must be emphasized that any question and answer book is most useful as a learning tool when used in conjunction with a subject-specific textbook. Truly assimilating these facts into a framework of knowledge absolutely requires further reading on the surrounding concepts. The more active the learning process, the better the understanding. Use this book with your preferred source texts handy and open. When you encounter a question that you cannot recall the answer or that you find of particular interest, you are strongly encouraged to review the pertinent area in the textbook at hand or refer to the recommended reading at the end of each chapter.

The chapters are organized to include all aspects of gastroenterology and hepatology. Some areas are covered more thoroughly than others. The questions within each chapter are randomly arranged to simulate board examinations and the way questions arise in real life. There are areas of redundancy. This is intentional—redundancy is a good thing when preparing for board examinations.

While great effort has been made to verify that the questions and answers are accurate, discrepancies and inaccuracies sometimes occur. Most often this is attributable to variance between original sources. We have tried to verify in several references the most accurate information. Keep in mind that some answers may not be the answers you would prefer. New research and practice occasionally deviates from that, which likely represents the correct answer for test purposes. In addition, this book risks accuracy by aggressively pruning complex concepts down to the simplest level; the dynamic knowledge base and clinical practice of medicine is not like that. Remember, this book is designed to maximize your score in a test. Refer to your most current sources of information and mentors for direction in clinical practice.

We welcome your comments, suggestions, and criticism. Please make us aware of any errors you find. We hope to make continuous improvements and would greatly appreciate any input with regard to format, organization, content, presentation, or about specific questions.

Study hard and good luck for the Boards!