Just like any speciality in medicine, there are countless resources to learn from. Some are better as primary texts, others as references, and a few are wonderful review books. Here’s my rundown of recommended texts for the field of anesthesiology.
The backbone of a physician anesthesiologist’s knowledge base, anesthesia textbooks have evolved significantly over the last century in terms of length and complexity. Here are some recommendations. Many of them can be found at a library or online database. I’ve also excluded subspecialized fields within anesthesiology (transesophageal echocardiography, pediatric anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, etc.)
- Morgan and Mikhail’s Clinical Anesthesiology (read this in its entirety as an intern – great primer to build on)
- Miller’s Anesthesia (my “go to” textbook for virtually anything in anesthesiology)
- Barash’s Clinical Anesthesia (praised as the “Bible” of anesthesiology – I’m definitely more of a Miller fan though.)
- Jaffe’s Anesthesiologist’s Manual of Surgical Procedures (used this all the time as a new CA-1 to review the relevant anesthetic considerations for a given surgical procedure)
- Stoelting’s Anesthesia And Co-Existing Disease (a thorough understanding of comorbid conditions and their anesthetic implications)
- Yao and Artusio’s Anesthesiology (wonderful for clinical scenarios and oral board preparation)
In my opinion, doing hundreds of practice questions is the best way to apply one’s knowledge base in preparation for exams. I owe my success on our in-training and board exams to supplementing my reading with the following question banks:
- Anesthesiology Continuing Education (ACE) questions
- M5 Board Review
- Anesthesia: A Comprehensive Review (“Hall questions”)
Earlier in my training, I loved referring to Pocket Anesthesia and Duke’s Anesthesia Secrets to read the “high yield” points about various topics. To this day, I enjoy flipping through these guides to refresh my memory.
The two most important review books I’ve read in residency have undoubtedly been Freeman’s Anesthesiology Core Review (for the ABA Basic Exam) and Faust’s Anesthesiology Review. While neither of them is comprehensive, they have great references and tables outlining the most important points we need to know for exams.
Drop me a comment with other books you recommend! 🙂