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I'm going to be graduating this year. My department gives texts to chief's as gifts; I've been asked if I have any preferences. I am taking a job as an acute care (non-trauma) surgeon in a busy university practice. I already own Greenfield and ACS and have access to Mastery on line. I was thinking about asking for Mastery, or maybe Cameron. Any attendings have a preferred general surgery text, or one they remembered fondly from their "oh crap, I'm the attending and need to know how to take care of this?" days?

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Do you have an atlas? That comes in handy.

If you are willing to think outside the box, you might think about asking for some of the ACS CD-ROMs - perhaps Practice Management. Would they pay for you to go the ACS Coding course instead of a text? That comes in very handy, even in a university practice.

How about SESAP 13?


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An atlas, preferably with at least some chapters by those who trained you (to decrease confusion in your own mind) is a good idea. Otherwise, I do like having Mastery around, a nice combo text with enough atlas like feel.

A set of operative videos (SAGES and ACS I think both sell DVDs) might be interesting, though not owning one myself, don't know how much I'd use them personally.

Complications in Surgery (Mulholland and Doherty) is a great book to have around if you are already well stocked with regular texts. Particularly for an acute care surgeon who has to fix a lot of other people's complications.

Also, a good critical care text is not a bad thing.

Maybe a subscription to selected readings? Have to stay ahead of the residents on your reading or you're bound to get shown up!