Acing the Hepatology Questions on the GI Board Exam: The Ultimate Crunch-Time Resource

Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS; Hetal Karsan, MD
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Book Description

Hepatology is an expanding field – it’s hard to keep up.  The liver has been sitting there the whole time, but the knowledge surrounding this perplexing organ is exploding; this makes it hard to prepare for board and recertification exams, where 1 in every 4 questions pertains to hepatology.  Until now, there has been no single, slim, but high-yield volume that summarizes the hepatology you need to know for the boards.  This book has it nailed.  The authors have collected every pearl of wisdom, high-yield factlet, liver "board buzzword," hepatic micrograph, and classic liver imaging study they could muster, all while keeping the book a manageable size - because who has time for more than manageable when you're busy?


The answer to your study questions (and study time!) can be found inside: Acing the Hepatology Questions on the GI Board Exam: The Ultimate Crunch-Time Resource.



Traditional textbooks usually feature long and detailed discussions that are not directly related to Board and recertification exams.  On the flip side, many Board review manuals provide lists and bullet points lacking sufficient background and context.  Inside Acing the Hepatology Questions on the GI Board Exam, Drs. Brennan Spiegel and Hetal Karsan present time-tested and high-yield information in a rational, useful, and contextually appealing format.


Why You Will Need to Read Acing the Hepatology Questions on the GI Board Exam:

  • Focuses exclusively on Hepatology review – an area that comprises 25% of the Board exam
  • Carefully vetted board-style vignettes with color images
  • Comprehensive yet succinct answers using a high-yield format
  • Emphasis on key clinical pearls and “board buzzwords”
  • Answers to classic board "threshold values" questions that you need to know but always seem to forget:

If an echinococcal liver cyst exceeds XX cm, then the risk of rupture is clinically significant and surgery is warranted

  • Rapid fire crunch-time exam with 135 classic one-liners such as:

Spider web collaterals + caudate lobe hypertrophy = Diagnosis

Stepwise fever + temperature-pulse dissociation + rose spots + hepatitis = Diagnosis


With its focus on pearl after pearl, emphasis on images, and attention to high-yield “tough stuff” vignettes you don’t know the answers to (yet), Acing the Hepatology Questions on the GI Board Exam is truly the ultimate crunch-time resource for acing often vexing liver section of the examination, taking recertifying examinations, looking good on clerkship rounds, or for just challenging yourself with interesting and entertaining vignettes.




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Chapter 1 Liver Disease on the GI Board Exam

Chapter 2 “Tough Stuff” Vignettes

Chapter 3 60 Hepatology Board Review “Clinical Threshold Values”

Chapter 4 “Crunch-Time” Self-Test—Time to Get Your Game On


Appendix A: Answers to “Crunch-Time” Self-Test

Appendix B: “Crunch-Time” Self-Test Scoring Guide





“The clinical vignettes are succinct and followed by answers and explanations which provide not only the correct diagnosis, but also expand the understanding of other pertinent issues which should be considered with similar patients. Other helpful features are the illustrations and figures, which provide a visual aid to clarify key points and reinforce the concept being addressed. This book is a succinct, readable text that can help hepatologists and gastroenterologists prepare for and pass their board exam” 

        -M. Kyle Jensen, MD, MSc, University of Utah, Practical Gastroenterology

"This book has an interesting feature that I have never seen in any other Board review book. Each vignette is followed by a small "Why Might This Be Tested?" section. This a very useful feature for test-takers. This is a very useful book for anyone who wants to excel in hepatology."

            -Mark Yoffe, MD, The Medical Media Review

About the Editors

Brennan M.R. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases, UCLA School of Medicine, and in the Division of Gastroenterology, VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System. He is the section chief for Health Services Research at the UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases, and Chief of Education and Training in the UCLA GI Fellowship Training Program, which is amongst the largest GI Training Programs in the country.

Dr. Spiegel attended Tufts University where he majored in Philosophy and Community Health, and obtained his medical degree from New York Medical College. He received training in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at UCLA, and completed advanced studies in Health Services Research in the UCLA School of Public Health, where he received a master’s degree in Health Services. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He currently teaches in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA.

Dr. Spiegel’s research interests have focused on acid-peptic disorders, chronic liver disease, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, and functional bowel disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and dyspepsia. He has performed research across a range of health services methodologies, including health-related quality of life measurement, survey design and administration, systematic review, meta-analysis, multivariable regression analysis, survival analysis, expert panel research, quality improvement, cost-effectiveness analysis, budget impact modeling, and use of clinical informatics to support decision making. He is a peer reviewer for numerous medical journals, and is on the editorial boards for the American Journal of Gastroenterology and Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He has contributed to the publication of more than 90 peer-reviewed papers, as well as numerous abstracts, book chapters, and monographs.

Hetal A. Karsan, MD, FACG, FACP is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He is a gastroenterologist and hepatologist at Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, one of the largest gastroenterology groups in the country, at which he is a partner. He is also a practicing clinician at Emory University.

Dr. Karsan attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology. While an undergraduate, he taught a course on Evolution and Diversity to fellow college students and won awards for undergraduate biomedical research from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He obtained his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and went on to train in Internal Medicine at Boston University, where he completed his medical internship and residency. Dr. Karsan served as acting Chief Medical Resident while at Boston University. He completed fellowship at UCLA Medical Center, where he trained in gastroenterology, advanced interventional endoscopy, and transplant hepatology. While at UCLA, he won several awards and was nominated for the Teaching Fellow of the Year by the Department of Internal Medicine. He also sought formal training in clinical outcomes research at UCLA.

Dr. Karsan is active in numerous professional organizations and was elected as Fellow by both the American College of Gastroenterology and the American College of Physicians. In addition to contributions to various peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters, he also serves as a peer reviewer for medical journals and is on an editorial board. Dr. Karsan is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and transplant hepatology. He enjoys endoscopy and actively participates in clinical outcomes research. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports, traveling, and spending time with his family.