This is a list of the best 8 books I purchased during med school. Why 8? Because I started making a list and when I finished, there were 8 books on it.
1. Surgical Recall
For most rotations, students would argue which book was best. Was it Blueprints, First Aid, etc? But for surgery, the choice was obvious. This little book had everything and fit conveniently in my white coat pocket, causing my shoulders to sag down only 1.5 inches.
2. Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple
I think I still have a good understanding of micro due to this book. The only problem is that I still remember some of the mnemonics better than what the mnemonics actually mean. For example:
Be serious, Dr. Goofball!
I know this has something to do with B cereus, but what? Also, whenever I prescribe Amantadine, I think of "a man to dine" but also can't remember what it means.
3. BRS Physiology
This book allowed me to do well in physio without attending one lecture. Which is great, because the lectures were hella boring.
4. Dubin's Rapid Interpretation of EKG
I was an idiot about practically everything when I started internship, but thanks to this book, I knew my EKGs.
Cons: Dubin is a child pornographer.
5. Pharm cards
I realize these aren't a book exactly (or at all). I think they're based on Lippincott's Pharm book. But these cards helped me so much, they deserve a shout out.
6. Felson's Principles of Chest Roentgenology
There's no better book to help you learn how to read a chest X-ray. And maybe by the end, you'll know what the hell "roentgenology" is.
7. First Aid for Step 1
If you're a med student, you must buy this book. End of story.
8. Step 2 Secrets
This book basically summed up all of third year in 350 pages.
I went to med school a long time ago. I mean, I think dinosaurs were still roaming the earth back then, so you know that if I remember a book as being great, it must have made quite an impression on me. And I guess there were others that you sort of had to buy, like Netters, but I just didn't have the same kind of love for Netters. Sorry, Netters fans.
I could make a similar list of books that were useless, that I regret buying, but it would probably just say ROBBINS in big red letters.