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Best Books for Surgery shelf (Pestana?)

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by Staco, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. Staco


    Jan 2, 2018
    I start my surgery rotation soon and was wondering what's the best approach to rocking the Shelf?

    At the moment, I'm thinking deVirgilio, uworld, OME, Pestana Audio, and the Pestana PDF (Surgery review). How does that seem?

    I'm also a little confused on Pestana. I hear people talking about some "little green book" or something? Is that something different that I should be looking into? All I have is the 79 page outline in PDF form.
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  3. Jesus1

    Jesus1 5+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2013
    You're using too much. To rock the shelf, all you need is DeVirgilio, UWorld, and the questions in the back of the Pestana book (no need to read the mainstream text). Pretest may help with some of the bizarre questions that you'll invariably meet on the shelf.
  4. Dares Dareson

    Dares Dareson 2+ Year Member

    May 20, 2015
    I honored surgery using a combination of:

    DeVirgilio to learn stuff
    PreTest for practice
    UWorld for practice

    Pestanas is only useful as a quick reference so you don't look like a complete idiot in the OR. But if you rely on Pestanas alone, you won't honor and you may not pass.
  5. ricksimmonsrafowens


    Oct 21, 2017
    I honored my surgery rotation, and I used these guys:

    UWorld (questions are way way simpler than what I saw on the shelf)
    Pestana - I did only the questions in the back... I think I'm the only person in my class who actively avoided Pestana, because I thought it was a very abridged, superficial version of the NMS books.
    Pre-test - very detail oriented, helpful for some obscure pimp questions
    NMS Surgery and the NMS Surgery casebook - this was 100% the most high yield source for the shelf!
    deVirgilio - helpful for pimp questions and the second most high yield source for the shelf after NMS books.
    I also used Step Up to Medicine to review a bunch of GI stuff (and some other medicine stuff), which was helpful for reinforcement.

    The shelf itself was wild - lots of GYN questions, ventilator management, almost no GI questions (lol), lots of vascular/urology/orthopedics, so definitely read up on GYN and respiratory physiology.
  6. DareGreatly

    DareGreatly 5+ Year Member

    Jun 12, 2011
    Limit your resources or else you won't use UWorld and your resources effectively, and/or you will be extremely burned out and not do your best. I took a look at this: Surgery Books for Medical Students — CrushMedSchool and used De Virgilio and Pestana's in addition to UWorld. Good luck!
  7. Coupd'Cat

    Coupd'Cat Caught in Life's Washcycle

    Sep 17, 2017
    I would also suggest, if you have time, the major non-surgical UW sections: GI, Cardio in particular. A lot of my classmates and I came out of the shelf feeling like it was more IM heavy than we expected.
  8. Staco


    Jan 2, 2018
    From googling, it does look like the surgery shelf is a lot of medicine and that trauma is pretty low yield?

    Would you guys recommend focusing on GI/pulm/Cardio on Uworld instead of the Surgery questions?
  9. ricksimmonsrafowens


    Oct 21, 2017
    Renal too. Cardio or pull - some questions are helpful, but don't get lost in IM minutiae.
  10. Anicetus

    Anicetus 2+ Year Member

    Apr 11, 2013
    I love it when people say “all you need” in the same sentence as de virgilios when it’s a giant textbook that was impossible for my classmates to go through more than once IF that. If you’re a speed reader with a great memory then it’s a great resource. Otherwise it wasn’t for everyone.
    NeurologyHopeful2018 likes this.

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