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Third-Year Resources

One will find a plethora of books and guides on a visit to the Jefferson Bookstore.  Some are good, others are not.  Don’t buy them all!!  Some are good for student A, who reads like a sponge and can remember their breakfast from two weeks prior, others are good for student B who reads slowly and deliberately but cannot tell you what they had for dinner last night.  Below is a list of the general third year books that have received the most acclaim throughout the years.   Keep in mind each rotation guide has a list of suggested books and resources.

Pocket Books

Maxwell’s Guide – a terrific pocket book.  The guide contains a lot of great information, including normal lab values, physical exam checklists, mini-mental status exam, post-op note format, and much more.  This is a must to keep in your white coat!

Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy – updated annually.  Get it, love it.  It not only gives the antibiotic and dosage of first and second choice for commonly encountered clinical conditions but also has a handy list of microbial susceptibilities. Some rotation-specific pocket books are listed in their respective guides.  Some of the better ones are Pocket Medicine for Internal Medicine, Surgical Recall for Surgery, The Red Book for OB/GYN, and The Green Book for Psychiatry.

Text Books

Board and Wards – may be the single best resource for third year.  The book is information-packed and concise.  The section on Internal Medicine is highly recommended.

First Aid for the Wards – Probably too general as a general third year book.  However, there is a book guide in the back (just like First Aid for Step 1) that rates textbooks and pocket books on an A to D scale.

Online Resources

Up-To-Date – the online program-of-choice for Medicine, Pediatrics, and OB/GYN.  UTD is available through JEFFLINE and is the place to go to research cutting edge diagnosis and treatment.  It is frequently updated and contains excellent summaries of the available literature on a myriad of medical conditions.  The website is available at from campus computers. Be aware that it can only be accessed from computers on campus -- no off-campus access.

MDConsult – an excellent online resource that includes access to over 50 electronic textbooks, evidence-based medicine resources, MEDLINE, and patient handouts.

Access Medicine – home of Harrison's Online, Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment, and many other standard textbooks.

Psychiatry Online – home of the DSM-IV and psychiatry textbooks.

R2 Library – for dozens of books on mixed clinical topics, including drug information, subject reviews, atlases, lab and test interpretation, and good general background.

STAT!Ref – another collection of textbooks on mixed topics. This one includes The 5-Minute Clinical Consult, drug information, a guide to lab and diagnostic tests and a dictionary of medical abbreviations.

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