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! The following links are also to my Amazon Affiliate page, so I’ll get a small cut of any sales to cover this site’s hosting fees.






This is an incredibly important exam, so focus on limiting your resources (pick one of the following review packages) and do as many practice questions as you can!


  1. Love the website! What resources do you recommend to help prepare for a 3rd year medical student’s first rotation in anesthesia?

  2. 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.

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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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!

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

    1. 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.

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

  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?

    1. 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

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  11. 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!

    1. 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! 🙂

    1. 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! 🙂

    1. 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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