Free copy of Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking!

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Bates Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking

Continuing our trend of offering absolutely free books to fellow med students, we are happy to be giving away a free copy of Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking.  We recently reviewed Bates Physical Exam on the site, and have gotten great feedback from it so far.

In our last giveaway, a student from the University of Pittsburgh took home a free copy of Pocket Medicine by giving great advice to incoming first year medical students. In a similar fashion, the winner of this contest will be able to provide the best feedback for the following challenge.

If you could improve to help med student readers from around the world, what would you add to the site? The winner not only gets a free copy of Bates, but may also have their idea implemented on the site.

Please check out the About section to get an idea of the original site goals, but keep in mind that the winner will be chosen based on the helpfulness of their ideas. We not only host reviews, but create new applications as well, so anything is fair game.  All contest ideas can be submitted by replying in the comment section of this post, and you may submit multiple ideas for this contest. While it doesn’t improve your chances of winning, be sure to also subscribe via RSS or click on any of the social network links at the bottom of this post or top of the page.

As this is valued at nearly $100, the winner will need to provide a valid US medical school e-mail address to confirm their status. E-mail addresses are never displayed publicly, and will not be used for any purpose outside of contests.  The contest will end on Friday, November 18th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be notified by the e-mail they provided shortly thereafter.

See our complete contest rules for further details.

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9 Responses to Free copy of Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking!

  1. Jordan says:

    I suggest having a poll for readers to vote on what topic you will cover next. It is easy to implement, the website maintains control over what topics are on the table for discussion, and it engages readers while directly benefiting them by allowing input. This way, the site content may be even MORE directly helpful.

    I hope you like the idea. I could really use the copy of Bates’

  2. Victoria says:

    I’m really interested in going into surgery, and my school doesn’t really offer too much training as far as basic procedures and methods go. I’d really like tips and specifically video links to things like tying and surgeries.

  3. Babak says:

    All the information on the site is extremely useful and presented clearly. I wonder if there are enough blog-style articles up now to make it worthwhile to write some summaries as a way of introducing new readers to the different sections. It would be great if there was a “start here” page- my problem hasn’t been finding good information, but the feeling that there is good information I’ve skipped over.

    Something I would really like is a comparison of how different schools handle various topics, from the curriculum to extracurriculars, research, professionalism, student health, and more. I go to a great medical school, but I have no way of knowing that’s because the standard of schools is so high or because my school really stands out. Having worked on the curriculum committee, I’m aware that the administrators of our school are aware of real strengths and a few weaknesses we have to comparable schools. I’d like to know, for example, “How many people attend all the lectures vs. watching a podcast later,” or even something more simple like, “Which neuroanatomy atlas does your school recommend?” It’s really hard to find that information at present.

    A natural outgrowth of such a forum might be a used book and equipment service. I know there have been books that I have wanted acutely, but only for a limited duration, and which don’t go out of style nearly as often as they go into a new edition.

    Keep up the good work!

  4. Lee says:

    One of my suggestions is better organization; i.e. division of the Pre-clinical portion into subjects and maybe introduce a ranking system of the highly rated books.

    Also, linking the reader to a sample portion of the reviewed book. I.E. Providing a link to Google Books or provide a hosted .PDF/link to the publisher’s website where the reader can view a chapter (i.e. The chapters available for Harrison’s Internal Medicine)

  5. Rob says:

    I’d like to see more tips for how to get into residency.

  6. Megan says:

    I don’t think many people need a free copy of Bates at this point in the year, but please keep posting more opportunities for other free books! I read your review of surgical recall and could use a copy of that. Also, I could use a free iPad as well.


  7. Jenny says:

    I’m really big into trying to get a really complete social history, and how to put patients at ease when discussing delicate topics. I would love to write on the site and share all the clinical pearls on how to get a thorough history. For example, asking a patient if they are noncompliant with medications is usually not as effective as a more normalizing approach without condoning the behavior like “do you cheat?” Many patients don’t consider beer alcohol, or marijuana an illicit drug, or trichomonas an STD, and it’s important to ask about these directly. Screening for abuse, unsafe practices, etc is also really helpful.

    Kids and teens require different approaches. It’s best with them to normalize against peers: “It’s usual for other kids your age to do [insert social issue]. Do you have friends who have tried that? What do you think about it?” The indirect approach is sometimes better.

    Most med schools are great at teaching physical exam, but sometimes miss the best way to talk to our patients. Really, I’ve learned that from other med students and residents more than anyone else.

    So, we should share all our tricks at being better med students.

  8. KerrWay says:

    I’d love to have a database of popular pimp questions by subject, and possibly even school. It would be awesome to know the popular questions we see on the wards. Thanks! This site is great!

  9. Neil says:

    Here are three ideas from my time at Columbia University:

    1) Even here, the advice for step 1 preparation is abysmal. At no point during the step 1 preparation lectures so far has the U World question bank been mentioned. The only question banks to be mentioned are the two question banks that pay (via providing food) for lecture time to the students to discuss their question banks/exam services: Kaplan and USMLERx (from First Aid).

    Mentioning the pro’s/con’s of testing banks on this site would be excellent, as would a potential timeline that it takes to use the question banks (based on number of questions/day, if they can be organized to use during classes based on subject, etc), and potentially including student interview comments from people who have used those question banks. U World in my experience was by far the most helpful question bank, but very few people at my medical school know about it.

    2) Test prep services: DIT and Kaplan pay (via dinners) for lectures at Columbia and other medical schools. Their advice may be biased. It would be great to have student comments on this site discussing the pro’s/con’s of different test prep companies, not just certain books (eg: FA, which of course is the standard prep book).

    3) Advice on WHEN/HOW to use certain books. How early should I use FA? First year, second year, just during dedicated step 1 study time? Should I write in it? How long does it really take to read Goljan’s Rapid Review Path book? Is it worth it to buy this book if I won’t have 2 months of 2-4 hours a day to read it once through? How have other student’s used these books? Can I dismantle first aid and put it in a notebook to then include my own notes on lined pages to supplement first aid?