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Residency is the first step in a career of life-long learning. That said, when it comes to the patient in front of you, sometimes you may want to learn something really, really quickly!

What resources did you find particularly helpful during your first months as a doctor?

For me, one of my most treasured and well-thumbed books was (and is) The Oxford Handbook of Acute Medicine. [] While primarily written for a UK-based audience, I have't yet found a better book for new doctors explaining how to investigate and work up a sick patient in a clear and timely manner.

Also, as a bonus for those about to start in the ICU: Dr. Susan Wilcox's and Thomas Piraino's free EdX course, "Mechanical Ventilation for COVID-19", is a fantastic resource as well. []