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Study for the ABSITE by reading journal articles from general surgery journals

Study for the ABSITE by reading journal articles from general surgery journals

One great way to study for the Absite is to read general surgery journal articles. Granted, as a general surgery resident, you’re pretty busy. Most of us receive the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . I recommend starting with that journal. There are plenty of other general surgery and general surgery subspecialty journals you can look into. But I’d start with JACS first. Each month you’ll receive a new journal. Open it up and scroll past the many pages of advertising — I’m not complaining or anything. 🙂  Find the original articles. First, read the abstract, then read the introduction, background, and conclusions. Choose one article to read every day. By reading the background, you are basically learning basic information related to that specific surgical topic, which is important to know for the ABSITE. By reading the conclusion, you are building a knowledge base that you can use to make clinical decisions (and impress your attendings).  Of course, if you have extra time, do read the rest of the article.

My question to you is, which journal articles do you read and which journals would you recommend for someone who wants information that will also prepare them for the ABSITE?

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