Book & Question Bank Recommendations

My goal with this page is to summarize frequently recommended resources across various disciplines in healthcare. Click below to contribute by listing the relevant field and name/author of the resource! 🙂


  • Anatomy: Rohen’s Anatomy: A Photographic Atlas, Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy. This was also the one course where studying in groups was useful for me. There is no substitute for countless hours in the anatomy lab reviewing specimens in person.
  • Anesthesiology: Kaplan’s Cardiac Anesthesia, Morgan and Mikhail’s Clinical Anesthesiology, Miller’s Anesthesia, Barash’s Clinical Anesthesia, Jaffe’s Anesthesiologist’s Manual of Surgical Procedures, Stoelting’s Anesthesia And Co-Existing Disease, Yao and Artusio’s Anesthesiology: Problem-Oriented Patient Management, Anesthesia for Congenital Heart Disease, A Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children, Pocket Anesthesia, Anesthesia Secrets, Stanford’s CA-1 Tutorial
  • Anesthesiology Board Review: Anesthesiology Core Review – Part One: Basic Exam, Anesthesiology Core Review – Part Two: Advanced Exam, Faust’s Anesthesiology Review, Ultimate Board Prep for the Applied Exam, and various question banks (M5 Board Review, Anesthesiology Continuing Education “ACE” questions, TrueLearn, Hall)
  • Cardiology: Dubin’s Rapid Interpretation of EKGs, Pathophysiology of Heart Disease, Braunwald’s Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, 12-Lead ECG: The Art of Interpretation
  • Critical Care: Vincent’s Textbook of Critical Care, Marino’s The ICU Book, Owens’ The Ventilator Book and The Advanced Ventilator Book
  • Echocardiography: Perrino’s A Practical Approach to Transesophageal Echocardiography, Mathew’s Clinical Manual and Review of Transesophageal Echocardiography, Toronto General Hospital’s Virtual TEE
  • Emergency Medicine: Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice
  • Immunology: Abbas’ Basic Immunology
  • Infectious Disease: Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple
  • Internal Medicine: The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics, Goldman-Cecil Textbook of Medicine, Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine
  • Neurology: Bradley’s Neurology in Clinical Practice
  • Pathology: Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease
  • Physiology: Costanzo’s Physiology, Hall’s Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology, West’s Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials


  • Internal Medicine: Step Up To Medicine, MKSAP for Students, Case Files Internal Medicine, Pocket Medicine
  • Psychiatry: First Aid for the Psychiatry Clerkship
  • Ob/Gyn: Case Files Obstetrics and Gynecology, Blueprints Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Pediatrics: BRS Pediatrics
  • Surgery: NMS Surgery Casebook, Pestana’s Surgery Notes, Surgical Recall


  • Step 1: First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, Goljan’s Rapid Review Pathology, BRS Physiology, UWorld’s USMLE Step 1 QBank
  • Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS): First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CS
  • Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK): Master the Boards USMLE Step 2 CK, UWorld’s USMLE Step 2 CK QBank
  • Step 3: Master the Boards USMLE Step, UWorld’s USMLE Step 3 QBank


  1. Any pharmacology textbook/educational resources recommendations? Thanks for all the great info! Originally found you on Instagram and have since read most of your recent stuff.

    • Thanks so much for your support, Brandy! Although I can’t personally attest to it, I know colleagues who have used Lippincott’s Pharmacology.

  2. teresa marrero Reply

    Some how I was replying to a post before I read about you and your education/credentials. I must have been out of my gourd! Congratulations and nice to see all that fancy education acknowledge that the point is to keep the patient first. thanks

  3. I think Bradley’s neurology is a great book to have around, specially for an in depth look at some less common diseases. I would definitely recommend it.

  4. purva pokhriyal Reply

    hi sir, could you make a yt video about your journey of usmle and getting into harvard, the hurdles you faced what you should’ve done better or known better for getting into harvard med, and how can a med student can get into harvard IMGs .
    thanks sir.

    • You can find my posts related to the USMLE by clicking here. Furthermore, there’s no magic recipe for success – hard work, doing well on exams, excellent recommendation letters, research, and just being a patient-centered physician go a long way. I’m not an IMG, so I don’t know if there are special considerations in your case.

  5. Sir please do some lectures or lessons on echocardiography interpretation of each variable and its importance for anesthetists.
    And some basic echocardiography as well.

    • I found it interesting that you went back to the traditional pen and paper route for learning- old school! For physical storage and complete reference, the computer functions well. Perhaps for memory retention and retrieval however, the physical act of having to write stuff down somehow “codes” it better into our neuro pathways- I believe there is good literature to support this as well. But here is a question: in the future, AI may provide a great deal of support for therapeutic “suggestions”, diagnosis and the like- but that is fodder for another post! 😉
      I enjoy your posts- keep up the good work…. despite being post call sometimes!

      • Thanks so much, Fred! Yeah you’re absolutely right… AI is going to change so many things going into the future!

  6. For Physiology, which between Constanzo and Guyton, would you recommend for an M1 (not as Step prep obviously)?

    • I still refer to Costanzo’s text from time to time, but used it heavily in medical school! Can’t say anything about Guyton since I didn’t read it.

  7. Sharon Taylor Reply

    Thanks again for the post. Passing on your book list. I really appreciate your commitment to teaching and patient care??

  8. Do you think 6 weeks is enough time to study for and pass for oral boards using ultimate board prep?

  9. what are the chances of non-US imgs matching into anesthesiology programms?? How many LoCs and clerkships ,publications one would need? Any knowledge of an img who cleared it?

    • I have no idea. There’s no magical number of publications, test scores, etc that’ll land you an interview. It’s the overall application.

  10. how did you prepare for MCAT? did you take class. any books, videos, website which you can recommend for MCAT

    • The exam has changed considerably since I took it. I kept preparation simple by using ExamKrackers books and doing as many practice questions as I possibly could.

  11. What are the top 5 medical apps you use on your iphone? Thank you for your posts!

    • Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I think what it boils down to is doing thousands of practice questions from any source you can find.

  12. Thank you for your posts. Did you use Big Blue? What do you think about it? I’m wondering if I should purchase it also to help me prepare for the written board exam (Part I). Thanks!

    • Hey Sandy! I skimmed through some of the Big Blue topics, and they’re pretty good. I feel like it’s the same problem as med school – too many resources, too little time. Just pick a few reviews and master them! 🙂

  13. Have you ever used TrueLearn? Studying for basic and freaking out…

    • Hey Billy!

      I didn’t use TrueLearn until after the ABA Basic exam. ACE questions, Hall, and M5 were more than enough coupled with reading chapters from Miller and Barash. Good luck! 🙂

    • Thanks Patrick! I honestly don’t know anything about either of those books. I’d imagine most of their content is also found in the texts I mentioned. Guess it depends on your preference. 🙂

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