Feb 16 2014

Top 10 Books for Internal Medicine Residency

Online medical resources such as UpToDate and Medscape are being used more and more by physicians, residents, and med students. These databases allow clinical information to be looked up at a glance and are very convenient to use. However, in-print resources are still a very important part of medical training and will never be obsolete. Below I have compiled our “Top 10 Books for Internal Medicine Residency” to help improve your clinical knowledge so you may be a well-educated physician.

  1. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine by Dan Longo or Goldman’s Cecil Medicine by Lee Goldman. The standard in Internal Medicine texts. Only one of these books is needed as they both essentially cover the same information. Just pick your favorite and have it on your desk for in-depth discussion of all things Internal Medicine. People usually prefer one over the other. I don’t have any favorite. Cecil’s seems to have more pictures.
  2. The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics by Hemant Godara. A much shorter book than the ones above that focuses on the clinical presentation of diseases and the treatment. It is small enough to be able to carry around.
  3. The ICU Book by Paul L. Marino. This is great for your ICU rotations and a great reference for critical care medicine. It makes complex topics easy to understand, such as ABGs and acid-base.
  4. Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy by David N. Gilbert. The most popular guide to treatment of bugs. This is also small enough to carry in your pocket, and will be used a lot on your Infectious Disease rotation.
  5. The ECG Criteria Book by James H. O’Keefe Jr. This is a popular book with Cardiology Fellows. It is great for quick reference, such as to figure out if that EKG meets LVH criteria.
  6. Rapid Interpretation of EKG’s by Dale Dubin. You probably used this book in medical school, but it is great to refer back to when you know a little bit more about EKGs. I guarantee you will learn something new the second time through.
  7. Clinical Neuroanatomy Made Ridiculously Simple by Stephen Goldberg. This is very good for your neurology or neurosurgery rotations. You probably forgot a lot of neuroanatomy since medical school. This book will help you re-learn this material in an easy to understand way.
  8. Felson’s Principles of Chest Roentgenology by Lawrence R. Goodman. You may have used this book in medical school as well. This provides a great framework to the basics of chest x-rays and how to read one without missing anything. This is great to review during your radiology rotation.
  9. Atlas of Human Anatomy by Frank H. Netter. I know you used this during medical school. I have found myself looking at this several times during residency for anatomy review.
  10. The House of God by Samuel Shem. This is not a clinical resource, but is a classic tale of life during internship whose words and phrases are still quoted in hospitals and ERs today.

Which books do you find yourself using the most? Do you use more online resources instead? Comment below with your thoughts.


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    • Kenlly on February 19, 2014 at 2:41 am
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    Great reference books. Thank you for passing on such great tips of wisdom

    • Elmer Boyle on September 5, 2014 at 6:31 am
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    These reference books all sound great! Medical students can also subscribe PasTest to further improve their knowledge. They provide high-quality exam based courses to help you succeed in your studies and your medical career.

    • Elle on November 20, 2014 at 10:31 am
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    My prof did recommend us Harrison’s. Too late I bought Kumar and Clark first since last year. Now where to find more money ? Sigh*

  1. Davidson is my favorite

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