As a first year Ob/Gyn resident we only spend 3 blocks (4 weeks) “on service” meaning, doing Ob/Gyn rotations. We spend the other 10 blocks on “off service” rotations (other specialties). For my residency program, we have 2 blocks of General Surgery, ICU, and Internal Medicine; 1 block of Emerg, Anesthesia, and Women’s Health Psych/Sexual Medicine.
I recently completed by two blocks of ICU, and here are some resources that I found super helpful!
Disclaimer: I don’t make any profit from any of these resources. I genuinely found them helpful, and I hope you will too!
- The ICU Book by Paul L Marino: If you ask any of our ICU staff or the Nurse Practitioner what their top recommendation of a general ICU book would be, it’s this one. The book is comprehensive yet accessible. While there are some chapters that are a bit more math heavy, the underlying concepts are important to understand why we do what we do in critical care. I found it to be a reasonable resource for a junior learner like me!
- Case Files Critical Care: I have been a huge fan of this series since medical school. The series takes the most common cases from a speciality, and teaches you through cases. They include common presentation, investigations, and management. The best part is at the end of each chapter they have a couple of questions to help you test your knowledge!
- Osmosis Videos on Youtube: I’ve been a fan of these folks since medical school as well. These are short, illustrated videos that are easy to understand. Their videos include pathophysiology, investigations, and management. They have a number of videos for free on Youtube. They also offer premium memberships with more videos and study plans. I linked you to their DIC video which is double relevant to ICU and Ob/Gyn!
- Uptodate: I’m sure most of you have heard of this one. It’s like a medical google. Super useful for drug dosing in the ICU as well as reading up on some of the more rare zebras that occasionally will cross your path.
That’s what I used during my rotation. Any other helpful resources you’ve come across?
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