Printed Resources
Textbooks/Pocket Guides/Study Guides


You should have a general textbook for your nightly reading. If used like a textbook (by accessing expert cards), Aquifer cases can substitute. The textbooks with an asterisk are acceptable textbooks.  

  • First Exposure to Internal Medicine: Hospital Medicine, McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (February 9, 2007)
    Dr. Harrell edited this book so is obviously biased. We also have a set of 10 copies available for check-out.
  • IM Essentials for Clerkship Students, ACP/DCIM
    This book can be purchased as a set with the MKSAP question book at a discount rate.
  • Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 18th Edition, McGraw Hill , New York, 2001.
    This is good for in-depth reading. Available free online through HSC Library.
  • Symptom to Diagnosis/an Evidence-based Guide, McGraw-Hill Medical (2005). Stern, Scott D., Altkorn, Diane, Cifu, Adam
  • Problem Solving in Clinical Medicine From Data to Diagnosis, 3rd Ed., Paul Cutler; Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia 1998,
    This is a book entirely of cases with questions and answers to help teach clinical reasoning. This was recommended by other students.
  • Infectious Disease in 30 Days, Frederick S. Southwick, McGraw Hill,
    This book is great for an ID elective. The first chapter is an excellent overview of antibiotics.
  • The Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis, 4th Ed, Joseph D. Sapira; Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, 2000,
    This is the gold standard for advanced physical diagnosis. It is a good reference book if you have an interest in physical examination skills.
  • Evidenced-based Physical Diagnosis, Steven McGee; Saunders, Philadelphia, 2001
    This is just what the title implies a wonderful look at the evidence behind the various parts of the phyiscal exam and it is pocket sized.
  • Color Atlas and Text of Clinical Medicine, 3rd Ed. CD Forbes & WF Jackson, Mosby, 2003,
    This fun book has great pictures of interesting physical exam findings.

Pocket Guides/Study Guides

One of the study guides is required (student’s choice, highlighted books are most popular). Sanford Antibiotic guide and a guide to medications are required (epocrates is acceptable electronic resource).

  • Pocket Medicine: The Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Internal Medicine (Pocket Notebook Series) (Paperback), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 3 edition (August 1, 2007)
    This is most popular with UF students.
  • Guide to Internal Medicine, Paauw, Mosby: St. Louis, 1999.
    Study guide written by Clerkship Directors with practice cases for each section.
  • Ferri, Care of the Medical Patient
  • The Washington Manual
  • Sanford, Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy
    Highly recommended though somewhat awkward to use. This is what most faculty use to help select antibiotics.
  • Sanford, Guide to HIV/AIDS Therapy
  • Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2006
    This is highly useful particularly if you don’t have a PDA. This is what most faculty use to look up drug dosing.

Facts and Formulas

  • Lange Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests, 5th Edition, McGraw Hill, Philadelphia, 2007.
    This is a very practical book of laboratory test interpretation with differentials for abnormal tests. (You may want to check it out of the library.)
  • MKSAP for Students, ACP-ASIM (order online
    This is a book of practice questions written by the same people who write the shelf exam. Generally, a free copy is available to Jax students. (Check with Dr. Palacio’s office.)
  • First Aid for the Medicine Clerkship, Third Edition, McGraw Hill, Philadelphia, 2010.
    Many mnemonics, no practice questions

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