STRUCTURE YOUR STUDYING
– 2 things you need to do: (1) develop a knowledge base and (2) answer questions
– Knowledge base
- Pick a level-appropriate textbook, read it (ideally all of it) yearly.
- Ideally, lead a little bit every day – 10 pages/day is a good goal to start with and you may need to adjust.
Do some questions every week – 50/week is a good goal to start
- Plan to do more questions closer to ABSITE!
- Share this with others, use it to take notes while reading, doing cases, getting feedback, or gaining experience while taking care of patients every day.
- Sabiston: big book, very dense, with a lot of great information.
- Schwartz: shorter chapters, clinically oriented, ideal for junior residents
- Cameron: shorter chapters, clinically oriented, ideal for senior residents
- Fiser: Classic, packed with facts but can be difficult to read, good for looking things up quickly
- BTK ABSITE Companion: from yours truly! High quality illustrations and algorithms that pairs well with the BTK ABSITE podcast episodes. Stay tuned for an updated episodes and companion book in Fall 2023!
- TrueLearn: high quality, can be pricy depending on program
- SCORE: written/edited by ABS, free for subscribing programs
– Carry suture and a needle driver with you and practice basic moves
– Consider a home suture kit for practice when you don’t want to be in sim lab – BTK released one this year
– Use VIDEOS to ensure learning things the correct way!
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If you liked this episode, check out our new how-to video series on suture and knot-tying skills – https://behindtheknife.org/video-playlists/btk-suture-practice-kit-knot-tying-simulator-how-to-videos/