BRS Emergency Medicine - L. Stead (Lippincott, 2000)


BRS Emergency Medicine provides a quick review of the major topics in emergency medicine. It is meant to help to prepare the third and fourth year medical student for the USMLE Steps 2 and 3 and the emergency medicine clerkship examinations. It is useful not only for exam review, but also as a quick reference for medical students and residents rotating in the emergency department.

The text is presented in the tight outline format of BRS, which makes review of core concepts quick and easy. The book is divided into 20 chapters which cover emergencies by system. Each chapter ends with a review test consisting of USMLE-style study questions to test the student's knowledge of the information covered in that chapter. The comprehensive examination at the end of the text is designed to test knowledge across systems, as emergencies rarely present within a single system. Clinical vignettes describing how an actual patient might present to the emergency department are emphasized. This question format reflects the style of the USMLE Steps 2 and 3 and the emergency medicine clerkship examinations.

As a first and second year medical student, I owned every BRS title available at the time, and relied on them to get me through clerkship examinations and the USMLE Step 1. When I entered the third year of medical school, however, I found there were very few clinical BRS titles, and was pleased to author this book as part of the expansion of the BRS series to include more clinical titles. I hope this book will be as useful as the other titles in the BRS series. I welcome any comments or suggestions for future editions, and wish you fun and luck in your emergency medicine experience.