Brian C. George, MD, Alden H. Harken, MD, and Debra A. DaRosa, PhD
The chapters in this book follow the same format and include multiple elements, all specifically designed to maximize your learning. Most chapters start with a case written in the second person. We expect these cases will help make the discussion more tangible and will emphasize the relevance of each topic to your new job. After the case, there is a set of questions designed to help you assess your own knowledge on the given topic. Well-established learning theory suggests that you should try to answer those questions before moving on, as doing so will help you retain what you are about to read. The answers to those questions can be found in the text of the case discussion that follows. After the case discussion you will find a set of questions and answers. Again, these are designed to help you assess your own knowledge, and to provide some repetition (as you probably know, repetition is the mother of all learning, and repetition is the mother of all learning). The last part of each case-based chapter includes a list of the most important tips to remember. If you learn nothing else from each chapter, you should try and remember the tips. A couple of days prior to starting your internship you could even flip through the book and review just these bullet points—they are incredibly high yield and can serve as a brief overview of the entire book.
The chapters are organized into sections:
2. Handling Patients in the ED
3. Handling Inpatients
4. Handling Patients in Clinic
With the exception of Section I, each section is organized around one type of patient care. It should be emphasized that while each case takes place in a specific setting, the chapter as a whole will often discuss topics that are more broadly applicable. We trust that the reader who is using this book as a reference will, with the help of the index, be able to find those topics that are of most interest. For the reader using this as preparation for internship, the sequence of chapters has been organized to be read from start to finish.