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ENT Secrets, now in its third edition, is the next step up in otolaryngology texbooks for medical students. Previously, this site discussed Primary Care Otolaryngology (reviewed here) as a light read to get through a mandatory ENT rotation or look knowledgeable about otolaryngology in a primary care setting. However, this is not an appropriate strategy for a med student on a sub-internship. To hit the next level of looking awesome, we recommend ENT Secrets.
The benefit of this text book is that it is comprehensive enough for fourth year medical students to learn the fundamentals of every otolaryngology topic, without becoming a monster hardcover. Residents are more likely to reference Pasha or Lee (>1000 pages!), but these are a bit too large and extensive for most medical students on a one month rotation. They are better suited for Ear-Nose-Throat boards, whereas ENT Secrets is better used for things like getting pimped, and not looking like a newbie.
As with many other books in the “Secrets” series, the book is broken down into subspecialties and reads in question and answer format, with numbered titles followed by detailed definitions of terms and scenarios. You’ll get all the usual imaging and diagrams you would expect. This also comes with the online Student Consult. Some of the features, such as online note taking, seem outright useless (please, someone comment if they disagree). However the ability to access the text electronically means you can embrace the med student geek inside you and read while waiting for the bus. It also means you can gank key figures and use them in powerpoint presentations.
If you’re about to hit your ENT sub-internship, this is the recommended book for you. Otherwise, for mandatory clerkships, stick to the recommended reading, or Otolaryngology for Primary Care.
Primary Care Otolaryngology by Mark Wax is one of those great tiny books to just breeze through in an afternoon, regardless of your specialty. It has a great balance of brevity and high yield knowledge, specifically highlighting otolaryngology surgical emergencies and general ENT knowledge. The information is easily applied to a number of non-ENT rotations, specifically in regards to outpatient primary care, and reading x-rays. ENT topics in general are pretty straight forward: easy to learn and easy to teach, which means you look like a star med student when you point out a concha bullosa on a random CT in the emergency room, floors, or outpatient setting, and then explain what it means.
You can buy a physical copy, or get the eBook for free online through The American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.