Key Features

  • Provides high-yield core information essential to surgical rotations in a portable, pocket-sized format.
  • Uses a color-coded system that places the core surgical information in a framework of the ACGME Core Competencies.
  • Offers self-assessment activities throughout to promote retention and application of knowledge, including access on line to your own competency-based portfolio tools and competency-specific learning modules (Vertical Reads).
  • Features ACGME Core Competencies enabling you to integrate evidence based medicine, continual self-assessment, and cognizance of interpersonal skills into your daily routine.
  • Includes features such as “Speaking Intelligently” and “Clinical Thinking” in each chapter to help you see the “big picture.”
  • Organizes the most common and must-know surgical signs/symptoms and disorders by presentation, making reference simple.
  • Presents “Teaching Visuals”—an interactive teaching device designed to reinforce visual concepts.
  • Equips you to perform a more in-depth review of surgical topics with “Clinical Entities” that are referenced to top surgical references.
  • Includes access to Student Consult at, where you'll find the complete text and illustrations of the book online, fully searchable "Integration Links" to bonus content in other Student Consult titles M&M form Self-Assessment Competency Log Professors Pearls that provide cases with questions and annotated answers Vertical Reads and much more!

Table of Contents

1 How to Study This Book

Barry D. Mann MD

2 Medical Knowledge: The Foundation of Patient Care

Sandra Fine MBA and Thomas G. McCarter MD

3 Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

Mary Ann Hopkins MPhil, MD

Susan Kaiser MD, PhD and Leo A. Gordon MD

4 Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Jane Ruddell Esq, Stephanie R. Landmesser RN, CNOR, MSN, Daria Arcaro BA, Nicholas P. Lang MD, and Pamela A. Rowland PhD

5 Professionalism in Surgery

Joel C. Rosenfeld MD, MEd and Linda L. Blank

6 Systems-Based Practice

Stephen E. Gordon MBA, John R. Clarke MD, Stephen K. Klasko MD, MBA, Linnea S. Hauge PhD, and Barry D. Mann MD

7 How to Succeed on the Surgical Clerkship: Thoughts on Expectations, Feedback, and Stress

Kimberly D. Schenarts PhD and Paul J. Schenarts MD

8 The Resident as Teacher: Facilitating Student Success: Thoughts on Expectations, Feedback, and Stress

Paul J. Schenarts MD and Kimberly D. Schenarts PhD

9 The Art of Oral Presentation

Paul J. Schenarts MD and Mary Ann Hopkins MPhil, MD

Appendix 1: ACGME General Competencies

Appendix 2: Competency Assessment Forms

10 Radiology Tools for Abdominal Diagnosis

Anton Mahne MD, Andrew J. Curtin MD, and Harry G. Zegel MD

11 Right Lower Quadrant Pain in a 28-Year-Old Female (Case 1)

Barry D. Mann MD and Michael Belden MD

12 Right Upper Quadrant Pain in a 44-Year-Old Female (Case 2)

Joseph F. Golob MD and Christopher P. Brandt MD

13 Epigastric Pain in a 47-Year-Old Male (Case 3)

R. Matthew Walsh MD

14 Left Lower Quadrant Pain in a 67-Year-Old Male (Case 4)

Rebecca S. Evangelista MD



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