Resources

The following are resources that I use, so many are only relevant to Canada and, more specifically, the University of Toronto.

Studying

  • MKSAP, from the American College of Physicians, is one of the best learning resources for internal medicine, but very VERY expensive. I use its question bank for whatever rotation I’m on, so it’s worth it for me. However, signing up for ACP as a resident is cheap and gives you a huge discount on MKSAP.
  • I’m really curious about NEJM Knowledge Plus but can’t justify the expense since I already have MKSAP. If anyone has used it, please let me know how it stands up to MKSAP!

Reference

Staying up-to-date

I subscribe to email updates and RSS feeds with the latest, greatest research. If I don’t have time that day, I delete the email without reading it, and I don’t feel guilty. If I do have time, I skim the headlines to get a sense of what people think is important, then delete the email. If I have even more time, I might read on of the articles, or at least its abstract. The resources are:

  • If you only regularly read one thing, it should be Richard Lehman’s Weekly Reviews. He’s a British GP who happens to be wicked smart and witty. More enjoyable than anything else I read on this list.
  • NEJM Journal Watch has probably the best-developed overview of the most interesting recently-published papers. It also has subspecialties (for your area of interest). I just signed up for the email alerts; if I see something interesting, I go track down the paper itself.
  • POEMs are great, and free through the CMA. They’re short summaries of recent papers, and always include the “bottom line” summary.
  • Similar to POEMs is 2 Minute Medicine, where you can sign up for email updates that include a short, one-paragraph summary of some paper. One advantage is that they regularly send out summaries from their “Classics Series” of important trials that residents should try to learn about
  • General interest sites and blogs, including KevinMD, New York Times Well, and STAT News. Much more enjoyable reading than the primary literature.

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