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

Brennan Spiegel, MD MSHS ; Hetal Karsan, MD

  • $99.95
  • ISBN 10 1617110310
  • ISBN 13 978-1617110313
  • 240 pp Soft Cover
  • Pub. Date: 2014
  • Order# 70313

The world of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) knowledge is vast. Within that world is a sub-set of knowledge that is especially important for everyday clinical care. And a sub-set of that is testable for the Board exam. The testable material includes time-honored, locked-in-stone, mostly uncontroversial facts that have withstood the test of time.

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



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Until now, there has been no single, slim, but high-yield volume that summarizes the IBD you really need to know for the board exams, preparing for rounds, or just plain read. The authors have collected every pearl of wisdom, high-yield factlet, IBD "Board buzzword," micrograph, and classic imaging study they could muster, all while keeping Acing the IBD Questions on the GI Board Exam: The Ultimate Crunch-Time Resource a manageable size.

In today’s fast-paced world it is hard to keep up with the burgeoning IBD literature. Traditional textbooks usually feature long and detailed discussions that don’t directly address board and recertification exams. On the flip side, many board review manuals provide lists and bullet points lacking sufficient background and context.

Acing the IBD Questions on the GI Board Exam by Drs. Brennan Spiegel and Hetal Karsan, fills the unmet need in board review by presenting time-tested and high-yield information in a rational, useful, and contextually appropriate format.

Why you need Acing the IBD Questions on the GI Board Exam:
• Focuses exclusively on inflammatory bowel disease review
• 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”
• Rapid-fire crunch time exam with 140 classic one-liners such as: 
            Diarrhea + mucus-filled cysts throughout colon = ?

The vastly evolving world of IBD includes genetic breakthroughs and new medications with different risks and benefits. Acing the IBD Questions on the GI Board Exam has it all in one resource that includes endoscopic, histologic, radiologic and dermatologic manifestations, as well as with great images and tables to help guide the reader.

Chapters include:
• A compilation of general lessons learned from past test takers
• “Tough Stuff” board review vignettes
• “Crunch-Time” Self-Test—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 IBD Questions on the GI Board Exam: The Ultimate Crunch-Time Resource will help you ace the GI and recertifying examinations, look good on clerkship rounds, simply challenge you with interesting and entertaining vignettes, and take optimal care of your IBD patients in clinical practice.


The Acing GI Board Exam Series is now also available as a subscription website. Visit for more details.

About the Authors 
About the Contributing Editors

Chapter 1 IBD on the GI Board Exam 

Chapter 2 “Tough Stuff” Vignettes

Chapter 3 “Crunch-Time” Self-Test—Time to Get Your Game On

Chapter 4 “Crunch-Time” Self-Test Scoring Guide 

Chapter 5 Answers to “Crunch-Time” Self-Test 

Chapter 6 Bibliography

Financial Disclosures
“Overall, we highly recommend the newest installment Acing the IBD Questions on the GI Board Exam into our board exam preparation for fellows and recertifying gastroenterologists who already have clinical exposure to IBD management and guidelines, but may not see some of the more rare but highly tested clinical challenges in every day practice. As the authors emphasize, great clinicians are not always ready for the boards. It is most important to be a great clinician, but Drs. Spiegel, Karsan, Melmed, and Modiano will get you ready for the IBD questions on the board exam.” 

            - Whitney E. Jackson and Bret Lashner, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, Gastroenterology

Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS 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 also serves as adjunct faculty in the UCLA School of Public Health, where he teaches health services research techniques. Dr. Spiegel served as the Program Director for the UCLA GI Fellowship Program, where he developed and expanded the lecture series that gave rise to the series of “Acing” books.

Dr. Spiegel attended Tufts University where he majored in Philosophy and Community Health, and received his M.D. 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, 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 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 information technologies in clinical practice, including patient-provider e-portals, social media, and wireless biosensors designed to unobtrusively monitor health status and outcomes. His research has been funded by the NIH, VA, and the American College of Gastroenterology, among other sources.

Hetal A. Karsan, MD, FACG, FACP is a Clinical Associate 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 earned 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. Thereafter, he 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 his contributions to numerous book chapters, abstracts and more than a dozen peer-reviewed manuscripts, he also serves as a peer reviewer for medical journals and serves on an editorial board. Dr. Karsan is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and transplant hepatology. He enjoys treating patients including endoscopy and actively participates in clinical outcomes research. In his personal time, he enjoys playing sports, traveling, baking, and spending time with his family.

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