Book Review: Kanski’s Clinical Ophthalmology, 8th Edition

I confess, I’m a huge nerd when it comes to getting new books, especially textbooks.  Though I own a print copy of the 7th Edition, I decided to go ahead and buy the 8th Edition of Kanski’s Clinical Ophthalmology: A Systematic Approach.

The 8th Edition does not list Dr. Jack Kanski as one of the primary editors/authors; instead, the task of updating this work has fallen to one of his colleagues, Dr. Brad Bowling, who did a superb job of maintaining Dr. Kanski’s original vision while inserting his own style to present up-to-date evidence-based information about the essential topics of ophthalmology.  Having personally relied heavily on the 7th edition during residency and through board review, I’ve been very eager to review this new text, which was released earlier this year.

On initial glance, it’s a great update to the already amazing work of the 7th edition.  I don’t know if it’s an accurate claim, but it seems like there are even more images and figures than previous editions.  Though it may not be as revolutionary of a difference between the 7th edition and its predecessors in format and look, the 8th edition is still a sleek upgrade. Continue reading “Book Review: Kanski’s Clinical Ophthalmology, 8th Edition”

Resources – Preparing For The Ophthalmology Oral Board Exam, Part 3

Since July 15 is the registration deadline for the American Board of Ophthalmology’s Oral Board Exam this fall, I figured I would continue my series on preparing for the oral board exam.

Part 1 addresses the format and content of the oral board exam, as described on the ABO website.

Part 2 addresses creating a study schedule for the oral board exam.

In this part, I will address some resources for studying for the oral board exam.  This is a very frequently asked question.  While there are plenty of review books and tools available to prepare for the OKAP and written board exam, the oral board exam can feel more foreign to us in comparison to the multiple-choice tests we’ve been taking for the previous 4+ years (if you count all previous standardized testing, it would be close to a decade’s worth of multiple choice tests), and as such, we wonder if we should be preparing differently. Continue reading “Resources – Preparing For The Ophthalmology Oral Board Exam, Part 3”

Basic and Clinical Science Course, 2015-2016 Edition, Available For Order

As I have previously stated, I believe that the AAO’s Basic and Clinical Science Course is an essential part of any beginning ophthalmologist’s library.  The new installment, updated for 2015-2016, is due to release June 15, 2015.

Major Revisions

Every year the AAO releases a major revision of 3-4 of the books in the BCSC series, so that every 3 years there is a significant update to the literature review and organization of the series.  This year, 4 books underwent major revisions:

  • Section 1:  Update to General Medicine
  • Section 7:  Orbits, Eyelids, and Lacrimal System
  • Section 9:  Intraocular Inflammation and Uveitis
  • Section 12:  Retina and Vitreous

Release Formats

The BCSC is released as a set in various forms, in both print and e-Book formats.  Pricing varies depending on what you decide to purchase.  Prices are subject to change by the AAO (I pulled these from the AAO website).

Title Contents Format AAO Member Price Non-Member Price
BCSC Complete Set (print) All BCSC volumes (1-13), Master Index Print $1,059.00 $1,509.00
BCSC Complete Set (e-Book) e-Book $909.00 $1,369.00
BCSC Complete Set (print + e-Book) Print + e-Book $1,379.00 $2,019.00
BCSC Residency Set (print) All BCSC volumes (1-13), Master Index, Basic Principles of Ophthalmic Surgery (3rd edition), Basic Techniques of Ophthalmic Surgery (2nd edition) Print $1,199.00 $1,709.00
BCSC Residency Set (e-Book) Also includes The Profession of Ophthalmology (2nd edition) e-Book $1,029.00 $1,809.00


Reading The BCSC: Fundamentals and Principles of Ophthalmology, Chapter 1

The BCSC Section 2, Fundamentals and Principles of Ophthalmology, provides an extremely detailed overview of the anatomy and physiology of the eye.  Organizationally, it lays out the “fundamentals” of learning about the eye so that by the end of reading this book, you should be able to understand the anatomical structure of the eye, eye genetics, embryology, growth, and development, physiology of the eye, and medications that are used to treat eye conditions.

For this reason, this book is typically suggested as the first book to read for first-year ophthalmology residents.  Please see the articles Reading The BCSC and OKAPs Reading Schedule to learn how to pace yourself through learning the material. Continue reading “Reading The BCSC: Fundamentals and Principles of Ophthalmology, Chapter 1”

Essential Reading For The Beginning Ophthalmologist

If you polled various ophthalmologists, I think that you would find very different opinions about what is considered “essential reading.”  For this reason, I am very open to suggestions on what should be added (or subtracted) from this list.  For now, this is a list of the textbooks I found most helpful as I began my studies.

To keep this list short (and keep everyone from going bankrupt buying textbooks), I tried to keep this list fairly short.  Basically, if you had these texts for the whole of residency and was diligent to learn the material in them, you probably will do well on your tests and have a strong foundation of knowledge for your clinical practice.

*Disclaimer:  The prices listed below may fluctuate or change. Continue reading “Essential Reading For The Beginning Ophthalmologist”