Resource for Residency

Pro Tip: Prior to starting residency do not buy anything. First, you’re likely to be living on credit cards until a paycheck arrives. Second, you don’t know what your residency, senior residents or faculty plan to provide for you until you get there. Amazon Prime exists, you can get everything you need within two days, so slow your roll.

After you’ve started residency consider these lists:

  • Apps To Buy – Yes, as a real physician with a regular paycheck you will have to consider buying expensive apps. Welcome to residency.
  • Books to Consider – Quick and not-so-quick references.
  • Advice Across the Web – To be taken with a grain, or slab, of salt. Use at your own risk. YMMV.

General References

  • The AAFP journal, American Family Physician, published every two weeks, with articles of a reasonable length. Easy to read a little every night, and it’s amazing what you’ll learn. Also allows for spaced repetition when paired with the podcasts
  • UpToDate or Dynamed, whichever your institution pays for
  • Free board review questions via the AAFP
  • USPSTF. I frequently google “guideline i want + uspstf” most of the time, but you can actually search their website directly.
  • American College of OBGYNS – the ACOG clinical page may be accessible depending on your institution. FM and OB don’t always agree, but we often do, and you can find helpful practice bulletins.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics – again, access dependent on your residency. But they have brief articles on pediatric specific concerns that are wonderful for interns.
  • MPOA, Advance Directives and End of Life planning? has state-specific guides for patients.
  • @PrimaryCareChat‘s moments page archives the informative and educational chats they’ve done.


TEACH cards

This resource gives you info on excellent primary sources and helps you learn how and what questions to ask on inpatient or maternal-child health service as you learn. There are 50 inpatient cards, 43 OB/L&D cards and 12 Newborn cards. “TEACH Cards (Teaching Evidence-based medicine And Clinical topics in the Hospital) is an inpatient educational tool created at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Family Medicine Residency Program…  to enhance core clinical knowledge and to improve patient-centered evidence-based medicine skills.”

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Last updated: May 3rd, 2020