For those doing their surgery rotation, there are a myriad of books available which can make it hard to choose from. We’ve used a number of different ones and can definitely recommend Surgical Recall as a very handy resource. While it won’t replace a major textbook such as NMS Surgery or Lawrence, it is perfect for those questions that your residents or attendings will pimp you on (which will be many) as well as a general review of key topics in surgery. It is definitely one of the best resources to review just before you go into surgery so that you can make sure you’ll be ready for those hard questions that you didn’t think about or know before entering the OR.
Surgical Recall has different sections based on categories of surgery (ex: thoracic, GI, breast, skin, etc.) and provides a question and answer style formatting for the most common questions you’ll need to answer both on the floors and in the OR. These common questions are also great as a study resource when reviewing material that should be memorized. Surgical Recall is a must have based on numerous previous medical students’ opinions, ranging from those who have used it solely as their study resource to those who have read (thoroughly) 4-5 different books.
We’d highly recommend getting Surgical Recall to utilize as your day to day textbook. A great addition is the NMS Surgery Casebook (different from the in-depth textbook above by NMS) which has been lauded by previous students as a great way to prep for the shelf (it utilizes clinical vignettes in the same manner as shelf questions)! We’ll have a review of the NMS Surgery Casebook soon too!