Case Files Microbiology, 3/E | Medical Microbiology

50+ clinical cases help you excel in your microbiology coursework and on the USMLE Step 1

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  Case Files: Microbiology  presents 50+ clinical cases with open-ended questions which weave basic science medical microbiology concepts into the clinical scenario. Each case includes an extended discussion (including definitions and a pathophysiology discussion), key points, and 3-5 USMLE-style comprehension questions.

Clinical pearls highlight key concepts

This free application includes 1 sample case study from the 50 that are available through an in-app purchase of $29.99 of Case Files Microbiology. The Case Files series is an award-winning learning system proven to improve exam scores.

 Proven learning system improves your medical microbiology shelf exam scores

Each case has been designed for the iPad and iPhone/iPod with interactive features. With this system, you will learn in the context of real patients, rather than merely memorize facts.

Primer on how to approach clinical problems and think like a doctor

The authors are experienced teachers from the University of Texas-Houston Medical School in Houston, Texas and Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California. 


“Case Files: Microbiology is easy and fun to read. The case discussions are very clinically relevant. The clinical correlations will prepare students well for making the transition from basic science to clinical rotations. Overall, the level of detail is perfect.”

Anne Valaas, 4th year medical student, Oregon Health Sciences University

“A great source to build confidence and expertise in the clinical setting in a truly enjoyable and  easy to understand way!! I mean every word. In fact, words fail me. Thank you with all my gratitude. Having this app helps to take me one step closer to fulfilling my academic dreams! Well written and explained!”

S. Sudhakaran

“This app is very helpful for graduate level learning…For medical school, PA school, or medically related microbiology where they are trying to teach patient presentation and likely pathogens, this is perfect.”

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App Features:
  • Highlight key concepts
  • Study/Exam/Bookmark modes are available for USMLE-style review medical microbiology questions.
  • In the Study mode, check the answers as you tackle the questions.
  • In the Exam mode, time yourself and review the answers after the time is up.
  • In the Bookmark mode, review only the questions you have flagged for further study.
  • File away correctly answered questions after each practice quiz.
  • Choose the number of questions in each practice quiz: 25, 50, 75, 100, 200, or all.
  • Opt to include questions from previous quizzes.
  • Learn further from interactive questions at the end of each case, with explanations.
  • Sort cases by name or by case number.
  • Take down notes using the Notes section for each case.
  • Study in horizontal or vertical mode on the iPhone and the iPad.
  • Store quiz scores to track your progress.
App Contents:

Section I: Applying Basic Sciences to Clinical Situations

  • Part 1. Approach to Learning
  • Part 2. Approach to Disease
  • Part 3: Approach to Reading

Section II: Clinical Cases – 50 Case Scenarios

Section III: Listing of Cases

  • Listing by Case Number
  • Listing by Disorder

Each case includes the following sections:

Case Description

  • Answers to
  • Approach to
  • Clinical Pearls
  • Case Questions and Answers
About the Authors

Eugene C. Toy, MD is a dual certified family physician and ob/gyn and is Academic Chief and Program Director for the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He also oversees the ob/gyn clerkship at Christus St. Joseph Hospital and is actively involved in teaching medical students.

Cynthia R. Skinner DeBord, PhD is a member of the Adjunct Faculty in Biology at Tomball College in Tomball, Texas. She was formerly the microbiology course director at UT–Houston School of Medicine.

Audrey Wanger, PhD is Associate Professor at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at The University of Texas–Houston Medical School in Houston, Texas.

Gilbert A. Castro, PhD is Vice President for Health Affairs and Vice President for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas at El Paso in El Paso, Texas.

Donald Briscoe, MD is the Program Director of Family Practice Residency at The Methodist Hospital–Houston in Houston, Texas.

James D. Kettering, PhD is Emeritus Professor of Microbiology at Loma Linda University Schools of Medicine and Dentistry in Loma Linda, California.

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