The ABSITE exam is mandatory for every surgery resident in the US. It is organized by the The American Board of Surgery and covers a huge range of topics: body as a whole, gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular and respiratory system, GU, Head and Neck, Skin, Musculoskeletal, and CNS; Endocrine, Spleen, Lymphoma, and Breast. The percentage covered of each topic differs if you are taking the junior or senior exam. Doing exceptionally well on the exam makes you competitive for certain subspecialties. Failing the exam puts you at risk for not completing your surgical program. The exam will be from Jan 25 to Jan 29, 2013.
I am a surgeon and have had the pleasure of studying for the ABSITE exam. It was even fun at times, but most importantly, by studying diligently for the exam I learned the material and I learned how to take care of surgical patients.
If you are a first year surgery resident, you need to have a textbook for your daily reading. Here are a list of surgical textbooks, one of which you should consider owning.
You also need ABSITE review books that you should go over while you are on the respective rotations. Great books are the following.
The ABSITE Review
Rush Review of Surgery .
The Practice ABSITE Question Book .
Surgery PreTest Self-Assessment and Review . (for medical students)
ABSITE KILLER Q&A . (ebook)
ABSITE KILLER ORGANIZED BY TOPIC . (ebook)
For in depth review and questions on specific topics found in surgery (and medicine), there is a list of alphabetized topics in ebook form that you should consider buying.
Cardiac Surgery .
Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) .
Chronic Pancreatitis and Familial Pancreatitis:
Chronic Venous Insufficiency, Venous Stasis Ulcers, Chronic Foot Ulcers .
Colorectal Surgery .
Cryptorchidism and Undescended Testicles* .
Hirschsprung’s Disease .
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura)(ITP) .
Immunology, Absite Review .
Inguinal Hernias .
Inguinal Hernia Repair .
Wound Healing .