yes, reading after you finish for the day can be a very hard thing to do...especially when you are so tired from a long day at work. my suggestion is to buy an all purpose book that can fit into your jacket pocket so that when you have down time, you can sneak a look. I liked the Case Files series, yes I could fit it into my jammed pockets, or the Boards and Wards Book.
For each separate rotation here is what I recommend
1. hands down best book is Step Up to Medicine. Buy it! You will use this for your step 2 prep, too.
2. MKSAP book of questions is also very good but I think overkill for the shelves MUA and SABA have to take. but this book will make you think and it's always good to be doing questions.
3. able to fit into your pocket: Case Files Internal Medicine. I like how the book is presented in a case presentation format. It makes the book a quick read and something that's great for when you have spare moments on the wards.
4. Pocket Medicine: Mass General Hospital seen carried on wards all across America. It's great to have when you need to admit patients but I didn't think it was a great study tool. Still, I liked it better than the Washington Manual, but you can take your pick.
5. Some will say you need to read Harrison's as well. I think it's a fantastic book, but I never had to time to read it. If you do, please read it. You can find PDF versions of the book, if you don't want to buy it just yet.
1. Surgical Recall is the best book overall. it's easy to fit into a jacket pocket and most attendings expect that you have recall memorized and are reading a more comprehensive book on top of recall!
2. For those that like Harrison's for internal medicine, you'll like Bailey and Love textbook of Surgery. I actually read this along with recall even though I didn't have the time... I downloaded a PDF version of it, and so would print off the section of the case I would be in the for day and read it and recall before I scrubbed in.
3. I also liked Case Files Surgery for when I took the shelf exam because the case presentation format is the way I learn the best.
4. The appleton and lange review of surgery is a book with 1,ooo questions in it. I think overkill for the shelves, but i learned a lot from these questions for my step prep. I also found this book on PDF>.
5. My american medical school friends also swear my NMS Surgical Cases but I have not looked at this book, so it's up to you
1. Current Clinical Strategies in Psych. You might not find this in a Barnes and Noble ec, but they can order it for you. I liked this series for psych a lot. The book is small and easy to carry in the jacket pocket, and it's also pretty cheap ($15 bucks). It had everything I needed. I didn't use any other book for my rotation.
2 . Other students swore by First Aid for Psych and I did take a look at the book and I liked it...but I didn't want to spend the money so I just stuck with my current clincal strategies book.
3. I've also heard High Yield Psych is good.
1. Blueprints OBGYN is the best book in my opinion. It had all the essentials. This was my main book.
2. I also enjoyed the Current Clinical Strategies for OBGYN. It was easy to carry in the jacket pocket.
3. On my rotation we were required to purchase the little red book, the OBGYN , Gyn and Infertility book is the name, and that is what all the interns carried as well. I thought it was handy, but for some reason I liked the Current Clinical Strategies better. However, since all the residents carried it, you might want to think about carrying about it...I know for me, if I didn't know something they would say "ugh, didn't you read your redbook today?"
1. I used Blueprints Peds. It is the best book in my opinion.
Basically all the bold red titles are the most useful books for each rotation and the other books listed are just great supplements if you really want to learn the material well.
OH and yes, for every rotation, I would also try and read the Kaplan Books. The latest 2008-2009 can be found on PDF if you search the net. It's great if you print them out and keep them in your locker. I thought they were excellent.
As for other go to books: most students will have a Maxwell handy. it has handy lab values and template notes ie postpartum note, ect. Students will also carry a differential diagnosis guide for the first months of a new rotation especially IM and that's fine. just try and wean yourself off the book by the time the rotation ends. there are a bunch of different differential guides to choose from so I would just hit a bookstore and find the best one for you. Or just read the reviews on amazon and then choose.
as for the shelf exams, your best bet is Exam Master. It is a question bank that the school lets you use for free. It's good prep for the shelf, so don't forget to use it before every shelf exam! trust me on this!
I hope this helps! please other posters chime in for the books they liked the best.
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