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Top 5 Books for the ABSITE Exam

Top 5 Books for the ABSITE Exam

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RECOMMENDED BOOK
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ABSITE KILLER ORGANIZED BY TOPIC .
ABSITE REVIEW: 1 WEEK STUDY GUIDE .

I would have to say the top 5 books are:

A textbook! Yes I know, kind of a big deal, and a lot of reading — something like Schwartz or whatever floats your boat. You’ve got to read every day.  Some people prefer following a set reading schedule so that they cover the textbook in several months, while others prefer to read about their patients, or both. Just make sure you read daily!

The Surgical Review – excellent in all respects

The Absite Review – A must have.  This is a book that you can use to confirm your knowledge base. It’s a quick ready, fits in your white coat, and gets to the high yield information.

A question book – Choose from your list (do as many as possible)

The Absite Killer – everyone owns this. So you should too. Highest yield source out there.

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HELPFUL BOOKS

Follow the links below to see inside each book. Books without links are in the process of being completed.

GENERAL TOPICS

SELF HELP BOOKS
Entrepreneurship and Building a Business .
How to break negative life patterns:

LANGUAGE BOOKS
Medical Spanish.

PERSONALITY TYPES
INTJ Personality Types:
ENFP Personality Types:
UNDERSTANDING ESTJs:

HIGHSCHOOL STUDENTS
How to become a doctor .
How to use study groups effectively .

PREMEDICAL STUDENTS
MCAT Review Questions: Biology .
How to use study groups effectively .
How to write a personal statement for medical school .

CLASSES
Biology:
Chemistry:

MEDICAL STUDENTS
USMLE STEP 1 REVIEW QUESTIONS .
USMLE STEP 2 CK REVIEW QUESTIONS.
USMLE STEP 2 CS REVIEW QUESTIONS .
USMLE STEP 3 REVIEW QUESTIONS.

SURGERY RESIDENTS
ABSITE KILLER Q&A .
ABSITE KILLER ORGANIZED BY TOPIC .

PROCEDURES AND OPERATIONS
Gastrectomy:

SPECIALTIES
Anesthesiology:
Cardiology:
Family medicine:
Gastroenterology:
Geriatrics:
Neurology:
Neurosurgery:
Pediatrics:
Pathology:

ANTIBIOTICS
Antibiotics:
Cefazolin:
Vancomycin:

CLINICAL CASES
– Coming soon

ACLS
Advance Cardiac Life Support (The ACLS Guide).
ACLS Bradycardia.

ATLS
Advanced Trauma Life Support (The ATLS Guide).
ATLS: HEAD TRAUMA .

ADMISSION ORDERS
Admission orders: Acute pancreatitis

GENERAL TOPICS
Anatomic Relationships:
Applied Physics in Medicine and Surgery:

Best Initial Treatments for Common Diseases in Medicine and Surgery:
Burn Management .

Commonly confused diagnoses and how to differentiate them :
Comparative Disease Statistics:
Complications in Medicine and Surgery:

Diagnosis of Medical and Surgical diseases:
Differential Diagnosis in Medicine and Surgery

Drug Dosing:

Drug Mechanism of Action and Side Effects:

Drug Mechanism of Action: Organized by Drug Name .
Drug Mechanism of Action: Organized by Mechanism .

Drug Side Effects: Organized by Drug Name:
Drug Side Effects: Organized by Side Effect:

Formulas, Equations, Calculations, and Scores in Medicine and Surgery:
Genetics of Medical and Surgical Disease:

Head and Neck .

Most Commons in Medicine and Surgery.

Multiple Choice Questions: The Answer is A.
Multiple Choice Questions: The Answer is B:
Multiple Choice Questions: The answer is C:
Multiple Choice Questions: The answer is D:

Numbers in Medicine and Surgery .

Pathophysiology of Medical and Surgical Disease:
Physical Exam Findings in Medical and Surgical Disease:
Preoperative Antibiotics:
Plastic Surgery, Skin and Soft Tissues .
Percentages in Medicine and Surgery:
Preoperative Decision Making:

Risk Factors in Medicine and Surgery:

Surgical Decision Making:
Surgical Eponyms:
Surgical Indications:
Sports Medicine :
Statistics and Epidemiology in Medicine and Surgery.
Surgical Indications:

Treatment of Medical and Surgical Diseases:

SPECIFIC TOPICS
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm .
Abdominal Compartment Syndrome:
Abdominoperineal Resection:
ABO Blood Groups :
Achalasia :
Acute Appendicitis:
Acute Pancreatitis .
Acute Renal Failure:
Adrenal Gland .
Air embolism:
Alcoholism:
Amputations:
Amylase:
Anal Cancer :
Angina: Stable Angina and Unstable Angina:
Anticoagulation:
Anesthesia  .
Antibiotics .
Antibodies:
Anticoagulation:
Aortic Bypass Grafts .
Aortic Dissection .
Appendicitis .
Appendectomy (Laparoscopic appendectomy and open appendectomy):
Arterial bypass :
Arterial bypass grafts:
Arterial embolus:
Arterial thrombosis:
Atherosclerosis .
Adrenal Gland .
Aspirin:
ATLS: Primary Survey.

B
Back Pain :
Bactrim (Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole):
Barrett’s Esophagus:
Bile:
Biliary Atresia and Kasai Procedure:
Biotechnology:
Bladder Injuries and Bladder Rupture:
Blood Products.
Blood Products and Transfusion Reactions .
Blood Transfusion .
Bowel Obstruction (Pediatric Surgery):
Brain Death:
Breast .
Breast Anatomy .
Breast Cancer .
Biochemistry .
Bupivicaine:
Burn Management .

C
Calcium .
Cancer .
Cancer Risk Factors:
Carbapenems (Imipenem and Meropenem):
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:
Carcinogens:
Cardiac Contusion:
Cardiac Surgery .
Cardiogenic Shock:
Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) .
Cefazolin:
Cell Biology:
Cellular Metabolism .
Cervical Cancer:
Charcoal Use in Drug Overdose:
Chest Pain :
Cholangitis:
Cholecystitis .
Chronic Pancreatitis and Familial Pancreatitis:
Chronic Renal Failure:
Chronic Venous Insufficiency, Venous Stasis Ulcers, Chronic Foot Ulcers .
Cirrhosis:
Clindamycin:
Clostridium Difficile (Pseudomembranous Colitis):
Coagulation factors :
Coagulation pathways: Intrinsic pathway and Extrinsic pathway:
Colectomy:
Colon anatomy:
Colorectal Cancer (Colon cancer):
Colorectal Cancer (Rectal Cancer):
Colorectal Surgery .
Colostomies:
Common Bile Duct:
Compartment Syndrome:
Condyloma Acuminata (Anal Warts):
Contrast Nephropathy:
Coumadin (Warfarin):
Creatinine:
Crohn’s Disease:
– Living with Crohn’s Disease.
Cryoprecipitate:
Cryptorchidism and Undescended Testicles* .
Cytomegalovirus (CMV):

D
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) :
Dementia:
Depression:
Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans (DFSP).
Diaphragmatic Injuries:
Diet:
Diverticulitis:
Diverticulosis:
DNA .
Drug dosing:
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DICS) of the breast:
Dumping Syndrome:
Duodenal Injuries, Duodenal Perforation, Duodenal Hematoma .

E
Empyema:
End Tidal CO2 (ETCO2):
Enterocutaneous Fistulas (Small Bowel Fistulas):
Epidural Anesthesia and Spinal Anesthesia:
Epstein Barr Virus (EBV):
Erythromycin:
Esophageal Leiomyomas:
Estrogen :
Ethics:
Ewing’s Sarcoma:

F
Factor V Leiden:
Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP):
Family History :
Fasciotomy:
Fatigue:
Femur fractures:
Fibromuscular dysplasia :
Flagyl (Metronidazole):
Fluid resuscitation:
Fluid Management in Medicine and Surgery:
Fluids and Electrolytes .
Fluid Resuscitation:
Fluoroquinolones:
Focal Nodular Hyperplasia (FNH):

G
Gallbladder:
Gallstone Ileus:
Gastrectomy:
Gastric Cancer (Gastric Adenocarcinoma) :
Gastric Lymphoma:
Gastritis :
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD):
Gastrointestinal Bleeding:
Gastrointestinal Hormones .
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST):
Gastroschisis:
Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS score):
Gleevec (Imitanib):
Glucagon:
Glucose

H
H2 Receptor Antagonists (H2 Blockers):
Heart Disease :
Hematology .
Hemorrhage :
Hemorrhoids :
Hemothorax :
Heparin:
Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia:
Hepatic Adenoma (Liver Adenoma):(1)
Hepatic Artery Thrombosis:
Hepatic Vein Thrombosis:
Hepatitis: (2)
Hepatocellular Carcinoma: (2)
Hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC):
Hernias:
Hiatal Hernias:
Hirschsprung’s Disease .
HIV and AIDS Patients:
Hypercalcemia:
Hyperkalemia:
Hypernatremia :
Hyperparathyroidism:
Hypertension .
Hyperthyroidism:
Hypocalcemia:
Hypokalemia:
Hyponatremia:
Hypophosphatemia:
Hypotension:
Hypovolemia:

I
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura)(ITP) .
Ileus:
Ileostomies:
Immunocompromised Patients:
Immunology .
Immunology, Absite Review .
Infections .
Infectious Diseases:
Informed consent:
Inguinal Hernias .
Inguinal Hernia Repair .
Invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast:
Intraabdominal Abscess and Intraabdominal Infections:
Intraoperative Complications:
Intussusception

K
Kaposi’s Sarcoma:
Keloids and hypertrophic scars:

L
Laparoscopic Appendectomy:
Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy :
Large Bowel Obstruction:
Leukemia:
Lidocaine:
Liver .
Liver Trauma, Liver Injury, Liver Laceration .
Liver Abscess: (2)
Liver failure:
Liver Transplantation.
Low Anterior Resection:
Lung Cancer:
Lung Transplantation:
Lymphatic system and Lymph nodes :
Lymphedema :
Lymph node dissection (Lymph node biopsy):
Lymphadenopathy:
Lymphocytes :
Lymphoma:

M
Macrophages:
Malignant Hyperthermia:
Melanoma.
Malrotation and Midgut Volvulus .
Meconium Ileus:
MELD score :
Mesenteric Ischemia :
Metabolic Acidosis:
Metabolism .
Metastasis and Metastatic Cancer:
Metronidazole (Flagyl):
Morphine:
Multiple Endocrine Neoplasias (MENI, MENIIa, MENIIb):
Myocardial Infarction:

N
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma:
Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC):
Neostigmine:
Neuroblastoma:
Neuromuscular Blockers (Muscle Relaxants / Paralytics):
Neurosurgery:
Night Sweats:
Nipple Discharge:
Numbers in Medicine and Surgery :
Numbness:
Nutrition and Metabolism .

O
Ogilvie’s Syndrome (Colonic pseudo-obstruction):
Omphalocele:
Oncogenes :
Oncology .
Orthopedic Surgery .
Osteosarcoma:

P
Paget’s Disease of the Breast:
Palliative Care:
Pancreatic Pseudocysts:
Pancreas anatomy:
Parastomal Hernias:
Parathyroid gland:
Pediatric Trauma :
Pelvic Fracture:
Pericardial Tamponade:
Peripheral Vascular Disease .
Perirectal abscess:
Pheochromocytoma:
Physiology:
Platelets:
Pneumothorax .
Pneumothorax (Open pneumothorax) .
Pneumothorax (Tension pneumothorax) .
Post Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder (PTLD): (2)
Postoperative Complications:
Potassium:
Preoperative Antibiotics:
Proteins and Enzymes .
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
PTFE and Dacron Prosthetic Grafts :
Pulmonary Embolism .
Pulmonary Hypertension :
Pyloric stenosis:

R
Radiation therapy :
Radiologic signs:
Refeeding Syndrome:
Renal failure
– Acute Renal Failure:
– Chronic Renal Failure):
Renal Transplantation:
Rhabdomyolysis and Myoglobinuria:
Rifampin:
Risk Factors:

S
Sarcomas:
Schizoaffective Disorder:
Short gut syndrome (Short bowel syndrome):
Shortness of breath (dyspnea):
Small Intestines (Duodenum, Jejunum, Ileum)
Splenic Trauma, Splenic Injury, and Splenic Rupture .
Small Bowel Obstruction:
Small Bowel Resection:
Small Bowel Tumors and Carcinoid Tumors:
Somatostatin:
Sphincters:
Splenectomy:
Splenic Vein Thrombosis:
Statistics and Epidemiology in Medicine and Surgery.
Streptococcus:
Stomach.
Stomach Anatomy:
Succinylcholine :
Suicide:
Superior Vena Cava Syndrome (SVC Syndrome):
Surgical Infections .
Surgical Site Infections:
Syncope:

T
T cells : (4)
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) .
Thoracic Surgery .
Thoracotomy :
Thrombocytopenia:
Thromboelastogram (TEG) :
Thrombolytics and Thrombolysis:
Thyroglossal duct cyst:
Toxicology:
Tracheoesophageal Fistulas (TE Fistulas) and VACTERL syndrome:
Transplant Immunology:
Transplant Rejection:
Transplantation .
Tuberculosis:

U
Unresectable Cancer:
Urology .
Ulcerative colitis:
Unasyn (ampicillin/sulbactam):
Urinary tract infections:

V
Vagus Nerve:
Vancomycin:
Varicose veins:
VIPoma .
Vitamin deficiency:
Vitamins :

W
Wilm’s Tumor:
Wound Healing .
Wuchereria bancrofti and Filariasis :

Z
Zenker’s diverticulum:
Zosyn (Piperacillin/tazobactam):

You may request additional topics by sending an email to absitereviewquestions@gmail.com

SOURCE
Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery .
Rush Review of Surgery .
The Practice ABSITE Question Book  .
Surgery PreTest Self-Assessment and Review .
The Absite Review
USMLE Step 2 Secrets
BRS Pathology
BRS Physiology
Pocket notebook EM
Hospitalist Handbook
SOAP Internal Medicine
First aid for the wards
CCS history and physical
Mont reid surgical handbook
Surgical Recall
Operative dictations
Passing the General Surgery Oral Board Exam

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TWITTER
https://twitter.com/absitereview for ABSITE Review
https://twitter.com/usmlequestions for USMLE Review
https://twitter.com/mcatreview for MCAT Review

WEBSITES
http://www.brianthemountainram.com
– General medical topics reviews with Youtube videos

YOUTUBE / AUDIO MCQs
https://www.youtube.com/user/ABSITEREVIEW/videos

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THE 30 DAY ABSITE STUDY SCHEDULE

ABSITE KILLER Q&A and ABSITE REVIEW PRACTICE TEST

ABSITE KILLER Q&A

Examination Content

Since 2006 the ABS has offered the ABSITE as a junior level (PGY-1 and -2) and senior level (PGY-3 to -5) examination. Both the junior- and senior-level versions consist of approximately 225 multiple-choice questions; examinees are given five hours to take the exam. For the junior-level exam, 60% of the examination focuses on basic science, while 40% centers on the management of clinical surgical problems. In the senior-level exam, 20% of the exam focuses on basic science and 80% on clinical management.

STUDY PLAN – leave comments to share your progress

TAR = The Absite Review
SR = The Surgical Review
Schwartz = Schwartz Principles of Surgery

 

BODY AS A WHOLE (Junior exam 66%, Senior exam 25%)
JAN 1:
ABSITE Review Questions Wound Healing .
– ABSITE REVIEW: WOUND HEALING .
– Wound Healing [Schwartz][SR][TAR].

JAN 2:
ABSITE REVIEW: HEMATOLOGY .
ABSITE Review Questions Hematology .
– ABSITE Review Questions Blood Products and Transfusion Reactions .
– Hematology / Hemostasis / Coagulation  [Schwartz] [SR][TAR]
– Transfusion / Blood products [Schwartz] [TAR]– Surgical bleeding [Schwartz]

JAN 3:
ABSITE Review Questions Anesthesia .
ABSITE Review Questions Malignant Hyperthermia .
– Anesthesia / Physiologic monitoring of the surgical patient/ Anesthesia of the surgical patient [Schwartz] [SR][TAR]
– Pulmonary critical care

JAN 4:
 ABSITE REVIEW: FLUIDS AND ELECTROLYTES .
– Shock / Surgical critical care [Schwartz][SR][TAR]
– Fluids and electrolytes management of the surgical patient / Resuscitation [Schwartz][SR] [TAR] –
– Trauma [Schwartz] [SR][TAR]

JAN 5:

ABSITE Review Questions Infection .
ABSITE REVIEW: ANTIBIOTICS .
ABSITE Review Questions Antibiotics .
ABSITE Review Questions Immunology .
ABSITE Review Questions Inflammation and Cytokines .
ABSITE Review Questions Pharmacology Mechanism of Action .
Clostridium difficile MCQs .
– Surgical Infectious Disease/ Surgical Infection / Antibiotics [Schwartz] [SR][TAR]
– Immunology [SR][TAR]
– Inflammation and Cytokines [TAR]
– Pharmacology [TAR]

JAN 6:
ABSITE REVIEW: BURN MANAGEMENT .
ABSITE Review Questions Burns .
– Burns [Schwartz][SR][TAR]

JAN 7:
ABSITE Review Questions Transplantation .
– Transplantation [[Schwartz]SR][TAR]

JAN 8:
ABSITE Review Questions Statistics .
– Statistics and Epidemiology [SR][TAR]

JAN 9:
ABSITE REVIEW: ONCOLOGY .
ABSITE Review Questions Oncology .
Carcinoid tumors MCQs.
– Oncology [Schwartz][SR][TAR]

JAN 10:
ABSITE REVIEW: NUTRITION AND METABOLISM .
Absite Review Questions Metabolism and Caloric Requirements .
– Nutrition [SR][TAR]
– Digestion, and Absorption [SR]
– Systemic response to injury and metabolic support [Schwartz]
– Molecular and genomic surgery / Cell biology [Schwartz] [TAR]
– Patient safety [Schwartz]
– Surgical considerations in the elderly [Schwartz]
– Ethics, palliative care, and care at the end of life [Schwartz]

GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT (Junior exam 10%, Senior exam 25%)
JAN 11:
Hernias / Inguinal hernias [Schwartz][SR][TAR]

JAN 12:
Abdomen / Abdominal wall, omentum, mesentery, and retroperitoneum [Schwartz][TAR]
Minimally Invasive surgery, robotics, and natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery / Surgical Technology [Schwartz] [TAR]

JAN 13:
Esophagus / Esophagus and diaphragmatic hernia [Schwartz] [SR][TAR]

JAN 14:
Stomach [Schwartz][SR][TAR]
The surgical management of obesity [Schwartz]

JAN 15:
Small bowel / Small intestine [Schwartz][SR][TAR]
Carcinoid tumors MCQs
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Small bowel syndrome MCQs .
Ulcerative colitis vs Crohns disease MCQs .

Crohn’s Disease MCQs
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Meckel’s Diverticulum MCQs
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Small bowel obstruction MCQs
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Small bowel tumors MCQs
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SMA Syndrome MCQs
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The Appendix [Schwartz]
Appendicitis MCQs .

JAN 16:
Colorectal [Schawrtz][SR][TAR]
Rectum and anus [Schwartz][SR][TAR]

JAN 17:
Liver [Schwartz][SR][TAR]
Biliary system / Gallbladder and the extrahepatic biliary system [Schwartz] [SR][TAR]

JAN 18:
Pancreas [Schwartz][SR][TAR]

JAN 19:
Trauma (to abdominal organs) [Schwartz][SR][TAR]

JAN 20:
Gastrointestinal hormones [TAR]


CV/RESPIRATORY (Junior exam 7.8%, Senior exam 16.7%)

JAN 21:
Cardiac surgery / Congenital heart disease / Acquired heart disease [Schwartz][SR][TAR]
Thoracic surgery / Chest wall, lung, mediastinum and pleura [Schwartz][SR][TAR]
Trauma (to cardiac and lungs) [Schwartz] [SR][TAR]

JAN 22:
Vascular surgery/ Thoracic aneurysms and aortic dissection / Arterial disease / Venous and lymphatic disease [Schwartz] [SR][TAR]


GU, Head and Neck, Skin, Musculoskeletal, CNS (Junior exam 7.8%, Senior exam 16.7%)

JAN 23:
Otolaryngology / Disorders of the Head and Neck [Schwartz] [SR][TAR]

JAN 24:
Plastic and reconstructive surgery / Skin / The skin and subcutaneous tissue / Soft tissues [Schwartz][TAR]
Melanoma [SR][TAR]

Sarcoma / Soft tissue sarcomas [Schwartz][SR][TAR]
BIOPSY TECHNIQ FOREARM LESION .

JAN 25:
Trauma [Schwartz][SR][TAR
Neurosurgery [Schwartz][SR][TAR]
Urology [Schwartz][SR][TAR]
Gynecology [Schwartz][SR][TAR]
Orthopedic Surgery [Schwartz] [SR][TAR]
Surgery of the hand and wrist [Schwartz]

Endocrine, Spleen, Lymphoma, Breast (Junior exam 7.8%, Senior exam 16.7%)
JAN 26:
Lymphoma
Spleen [Schwartz][SR][TAR]

JAN 27:
Thyroid [Schwartz][SR][TAR]

Parathyroid [Schwartz][SR][TAR]

Adrenal gland [Schwartz][SR][TAR]
ABSITE REVIEW: ADRENAL GLAND .

Pituitary gland [TAR]

JAN 28:
Breast [Schwartz][SR][TAR]
DYSFUNCT LONG THORAC N INJ MASTECT .
ABSITE Review Questions Breast Cancer .
ABSITE REVIEW: BREAST .
ABSITE Review Questions Breast Anatomy .

NOT SPECIFICALLY INCLUDED

JAN 29:
Pediatric Surgery [Schwartz][SR][TAR]
ABSITE REVIEW: PEDIATRIC SURGERY .

JAN 30:
REVIEW SHORT TERM MEMORY TOPICS INCLUDING GASTROINTESTINAL HORMONES, CALCULATIONS, ETC.

I KNOW THE TEST IS NOT ON JAN 30TH, SO YOU WILL HAVE TO PUSH SOME OF THESE DATES UP A BIT.

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