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

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

The Pancreas. It’s not very large, but it packs a punch. You gotta know about the pancreas.
Then toss in the crazy complexities of the biliary system and there’s is a lot to learn to manage your patients.
In this latest book in the Acing GI Board Exam Series, the focus is on the pancreas and biliary tree and how they can cause trouble.
In today’s fast-paced world, it is a struggle to keep up with the burgeoning panc-bil literature. Until now, there has been no single, slim, but high-yield volume that summarizes the panc-bil you really need to know for the board exam. This review book keeps you on your toes and sharp for everyday clinical practice too.
What is the best way to effectively prepare and study, if reading multiple resources can’t seem to fit into your daily schedule?
The answer to your study questions (and study time!) can be found inside Acing the Pancreaticobiliary Questions on the GI Board Exam: The Ultimate Crunch-Time Resource.
Dr. Brennan MR Spiegel and Dr. Hetal A. Karsan have collected every pearl of wisdom, high-yield factlet, panc-bil "board buzzword," and classic imaging study they could muster, all while keeping Acing thePancreaticobiliary Questions on the GI Board Exam a manageable size. 

Why You Will Need to Read Acing the Pancreaticobiliary Questions on the GI Board Exam:
  • Carefully vetted board-style clinical 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
  • Rapid-fire, crunch-time exam with 150 classic one-liners
Acing thePancreaticobiliary Questions on the GI Board Exam fills the unmet need in board review by presenting time-tested and high-yield information in a rational, useful, and contextually appropriate format suitable studying for the board exams and preparing for the recertification exam.

Chapters Include:
  • A compilation of general lessons learned from past test-takers
  • “Tough Stuff” board review vignettes
  • Board review “Clinical Threshold Values”
  • “Crunch-Time” Self-Test and Answer Guide—time to get your game on!
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 Pancreaticobiliary Questions on the GI Board Exam is truly the ultimate crunch-time resource for acing the GI board examination, taking recertifying examinations, looking good on clerkship rounds, or for just challenging yourself with interesting and entertaining vignettes.

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About the Authors

About the Contributing Editor


Chapter 1 Panc-Bil on the GI Board Exam

Chapter 2 “Tough Stuff” Vignettes

Chapter 3 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



About the Editors

Brennan M. R. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG, AGAFis Professor of Medicine, Director of Health Services Research, and Director of the Master’s Degree Program in Health Delivery Science at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Spiegel attended Tufts University where he majored in philosophy and community health, and received his MD with Alpha Omega Alpha honors 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, where he developed the material for the Acing books while studying for Boards, and completed advanced studies in health services research at the UCLA School of Public Health, where he received a master’s degree in health services. He received a Research Career Development Award through the Veteran Administration (VA) during which time he was trained in health services methodology.

Dr. Spiegel’s research interests have focused on functional GI disorders, IBDs, acid-peptic dis­orders, chronic liver disease, GI hemorrhage, and colon cancer screening. He also studies the role of digital health technologies in clinical practice, including patient-provider portals, social media analytics, wearable biosensors, and therapeutic virtual reality. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, VA, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Hearst Foundation, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), California Initiative for the Advancement of Precision Medicine, The Marc and Sheri Rapaport Fund for Digital Health Sciences & Precision Health, and the American College of Gastroenterology, among other sources.

Hetal A. Karsan, MD, FACG, FASGE, FAASLD, FACPis an Adjunct Professor of Medicine in the Division of Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine. He practices as a clinical gastro­enterologist, hepatologist, and partner at Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates and also maintains a clinical practice at Emory University. He is the Editor of the Red Section and Associate Editor of the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Karsan attended Indiana University, where he earned his bachelor of science in biology and won awards from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for undergraduate biomedical research. He obtained his doctor of medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Thereafter, he received training in internal medicine at Boston University, where he completed his medical internship and residency and also served as acting Chief Medical Resident. He went on to complete his fellowship at UCLA Medical Center, where he trained in gastroenterology, advanced interven­tional endoscopy, and transplant hepatology. While at UCLA, he also pursued advanced clinical research training through the UCLA School of Public Health. He is Board-certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and transplant hepatology.

Dr. Karsan is active in a number of professional organizations and editorial boards. He is Board-certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and transplant hepatology and actively participates in clinical outcomes research. In his leisure time, he enjoys sports, traveling, baking, and spending time with his family.