Cummings Review of Otolaryngology is a review book designed for physicians taking the otolaryn- gology written and oral board, recertification, and in-service examinations; the otolaryngology intern, resident, and fellow trainees looking to augment their knowledge base; and medical students preparing for subinternships and residency training. If you are reading this book, you likely have performed at a high level on written examinations for most of your life. Although Cummings Review of Otolaryngology and other texts will prepare you for written examinations in the field of otolaryngology in a systematic and logical way, excelling on clinical rounds and on oral board examinations is a skill that improves with familiarity of oral testing formats and compartmentalizing your fund of knowledge in an organized, easily accessible manner.
We believe that this book is the primary and go-to resource that a medical student or resident will read before clinical rounds with the attending surgeon, a complex surgical case, a mock oral board examination, or the American Board of Otolaryngology examinations. The learn- ing and information conveyed through the book will allow readers to have the most important clinical information—such as a differential diagnosis, clinical algorithm, treatment options, or a list of how-to’s instantly accessible in their memory to respond quickly to questions in a clinical or testing situation, to facilitate teaching of other residents and medical students, and to assist in patient management.