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How to study for the Junior ABSITE

How to study for the Junior ABSITE

We all wished we had started studying for the ABSITE exam the first day of internship. But more often then not, we are left too busy taking care of patients and with only minutes each day to study, if we’re lucky. Most days, we use those extra few minutes to catch up on sleep.

Whether you have free time to study during the year, or only have 1 month, or even 1 week to study, below are some great books that you should use as a study guide in preparation for this exam. Some are ebooks and some are paperback. Some have multiple choice questions, or others are a summary of what you need to know.

The key is knowing which topics will likely show up on the exam, and repeatedly going over those topics by doing multiple choice questions, and reading your board review book or textbook as you deem fit.

 

RECOMMENDED BOOK

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SURGERY RESIDENTS
ABSITE KILLER ORGANIZED BY TOPIC .
Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery .
ABSITE REVIEW: 1 WEEK STUDY GUIDE .
Rush Review of Surgery .
The Practice ABSITE Question Book  .
The ABSITE Review .

 

SOME RANDOM THOUGHTS BELOW

Surgery residents are expected to take the ABSITE exam each year of residency. First and second year general surgery residents take the Junior ABSITE. This exam is mostly basic science, with some clinical questions.

There are some who are extremely talented, and can take 1 week to study for the exam.

Does your score matter? Absolutely, and how well you do relative to your peers is what is important. If you score below a certain percentile set by your residency program, you might be placed on probation, and/or fired from your program.

Is my Absite score used in fellowship applications? Well, some residents seem to think that it does matter. Granted, who you know and where you trained matters significantly more than your ABSITE score.

Do preliminary residents have to take the exam? This depends on the program in which you are in. Of course, if you’re a prelim for general surgery, you want to do well. If you’re a prelim for another surgical specialty, your score probably won’t matter, and your goal might be to beat the categoricals (for fun).

SURGERY RESIDENTS
ABSITE KILLER Q&A .
ABSITE KILLER ORGANIZED BY TOPIC .
Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery .
ABSITE REVIEW: 1 WEEK STUDY GUIDE .
Rush Review of Surgery .
The Practice ABSITE Question Book  .
The ABSITE Review .

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