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- Advice from students who aced the clerkship
- High-yield facts and formulas for every rotation
- Hundreds of full-color images and diagrams throughout
- Student reviews of must-have clerkship resources
The change from the passive and controlled environment of the classroom to the fast-paced and active world of the wards can be stressful, confusing, and downright frightening at times. The purpose of First Aid for the Wards is to help ease the transition wards students must make as they begin their clerkship rotations. This book is a student-to-student guide that draws on the advice and experiences of medical students who were successful on the wards. It is our hope to familiarize you with life on the wards and to pass on some of the “secrets of success” that we picked up along the way in our training. The facts and wisdom contained within this book are an amalgam of information we, the authors, wish we had known at the beginning of our third year of medical school. First Aid for the Wards has a number of unique features that make it an indispensable guide for MD, DO, and DPM students:
- An all-new color design for better learning.
- New, innovative flash cards embedded in the margins to reinforce key concepts.
- Hundreds of new color images and illustrations throughout the text.
- Insider advice from students on how to succeed on your clinical rotations.
- Sample H&P notes, daily progress notes, procedure notes, post-op notes, labor and delivery notes, and admission orders.
- Specific advice on how to give both concise and detailed oral patient presentations.
- Descriptions of typical daily responsibilities and interactions on each core rotation, including emergency medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, psychiatry, and surgery.
- A checklist of high-yield clinical topics in each chapter.
First Aid for the Wards is meant to be a survival guide rather than a comprehensive source of information. It should supplement information and advice provided by other students, house staff, and faculty. It is designed not to replace reference texts as a source of information but rather to provide some essential background information for each core ward rotation. Although the material has been reviewed by medical faculty and students, errors and omissions are inevitable. We urge readers to suggest improvements and identify inaccuracies. We invite students and faculty to continue sharing their thoughts and ideas to help us improve First Aid for the Wards.