The purpose of this site is to utilize the first-hand experiences of medical students to create insightful advice when it comes to books and resources. While many of the resources posted so far have had very positive reviews, it is finally time to recommend avoiding the mistake known as Blueprints Pediatrics.
There are a few reasons why this is a common pitfall for third year med students looking for books on their pediatrics rotation. First, it is relatively cheap and easy to come by. Even if you don’t buy it yourself, it’s easy to pick up a free copy that is being given (thrown) away in a med student lounge. Keep in mind it’s being given away for free for a reason.
Secondly, and perhaps the more evil of its qualities, is that it is incredibly easy to read, and herein lies the deceit: reading through Blueprints Pediatrics will make you feel like a medical student superstar genius. You can pick this book up, breeze through any chapter quickly, and feel like you know most of the information already because of your USMLE Step 1 knowledge. Whereas some books really bog the reader down on details, Blueprints Pediatrics takes the exact opposite approach. The end result is a med student who believes they possess mastery of the material for their pediatrics clerkship, when in reality they are ill prepared for the NBME Pediatrics Shelf Exam, NBME Ambulatory Shelf Exam, or wards pimping.
Chapter topics appear like they cover all the bases, but the depth of content is just shallow. The material it does present is accurate, and there is nothing grossly wrong with the book as far as what it does give. It just doesn’t give what is truly needed.
As such, I won’t be linking out to online retailers to purchase this book, or using our handy Price Check plugin. Instead, I recommend Nelson’s Essentials of Pediatrics (reviewed here), as well as Pre-Test Pediatrics for USMLE style questions. Better yet, just check back to the section on this site for Pediatrics Books from time to time, as more books are reviewed and added.