Preventive Medicine and Public Health PreTest – Now updated to reflect the USMLE Step 2 exam, with greater emphasis on case presentations and diagnostic skills
Preventive Medicine and Public Health PreTest Self-Assessment and Review, Ninth Edition, has been designed to provide medical students and physicians
with a comprehensive and convenient instrument for self-assessment and review within the field of epidemiology and public health. The 500 questions provided have been designed to parallel the format of the questions contained in Step 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).
Each question in the book is accompanied by an answer, a paragraph explanation, and a specific page reference to either a current journal article, a textbook, or both. A bibliography that lists all the sources used in the book follows the last chapter.
Perhaps the most effective way to use this Preventive Medicine and Public Health PreTest is to allow yourself one minute to answer each question in a given chapter; as you proceed, indicate your answer beside each question. By following this suggestion, you will be approximating the time limits imposed by licensing examinations.
When you practice your examination-taking skills with this PreTest®, one way to maximize your score is to go through, answer all the questions you find easy, and skip over the more difficult ones initially. We do recommend, however, that once you come back to the more difficult questions, you spend as much time as you need. You will then be more likely to retain the information. Do note: When it comes to your examination for the board, you will do better to answer each question as you come to it and not skip around. Do not spend too much time on any one problem. Make a guess, circle the question, and come back to it. Otherwise, you can waste time looking for the questions you skipped or—the ultimate tragedy—you may discover time is running out.
When you have finished answering the questions in a chapter, you should then spend as much time as you need verifying your answers and carefully reading the explanations. Although you should pay special attention to the explanations for the questions you answered incorrectly, you should read every explanation. The author of this Preventive Medicine and Public Health PreTest has designed the explanations to reinforce and supplement the information tested by the questions. If, after reading the explanations for a given chapter, you feel you need still more information about the material covered, you may wish to consult the references indicated.