Internal Med

Favorite Resources for Internal Medicine

Hey there friends!  What is it about a Tuesday after a long weekend that is like a Monday x 1000?  Even though this week is only four days I feel like it’s going to DRAG.  I have been meaning to write this post the last two weeks due to requests but life got in the day.  I wrapped up my Internal Medicine rotation 2.5 weeks ago and am actually in the middle of my OB/GYN rotation now but I definitely wanted to touch back with some of my favorite resources from my IM rotation!


Internal Med


Favorite Books

1.  Harrison’s Manual of Internal Medicine – One of my residents suggested this book and I absolutely LOVE it!  It is the condensed version of the massive Harrison’s.  One thing I liked about it is that it has chapters based on presenting symptom so it helps you walk through how you’re going to work that up.


2. Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics – this is another great book that helps with your workup for different disease states and really helps you formulate your plan of action and truly guides you step-by-step.


3.  Pocket Medicine: The Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Internal Medicine – I raved about this book in my “what’s in my white coat” post and still have nothing but good things to say.  I used this book every single day of my inpatient rotation and highly recommend it to anyone going on an IM rotation – especially if you are doing hospital medicine.


Favorite Apps

1.  Epocrates – I think everyone knows that this app is gold when it comes to looking up meds.  Again, I used this all day every day as I was learning how to use and dose a wide variety of medications.


2.  Medscape – Same as Epocrates I used this app frequently.  An added bonus is that it also has a full index of disease states which was helpful when looking up information on the go.


3.  Qx Calculate – LOVED this app.  It has calculations for pretty much ANYTHING you need in medicine.  It calculates your cardiac risk, CHAD-VASC2, APGAR, Pneumonia Severity Index … ANYTHING.  Since there are so many things to memorize having this on hand was great.


4.  Lab Values+ – This was recommended by someone in the class above me and I am so glad I got it.  Basically you can look up any lab test and it will give you the normal values as well as a differential diagnosis for increased or decreased values.


5.  New England Journal of Medicine This Week – this is a great app to stay on top of evidenced based medicine and NOT have to pay the obscene subscription for NEJM!


Review Books I Like

1.  Step Up to Medicine – I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book and used it through didactic as well.

2.  First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK – another great review book.

3.  A Comprehensive Review for Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants – this book is recommended by PAEA and is the one our program gave us to start reviewing for our PANCE.


There you have it!  Some of my favorite things that got my through Internal Medicine :)  I will be sharing some OB/GYN stuff soon!  Hope you all have a fantastic start to your week.

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