You need exposure to high-yield cases to excel on the emergency medicine clerkship and the shelf-exam. Case Files: Emergency Medicine presents 50 real-life cases that illustrate essential concepts in emergency medicine. Each case includes a complete discussion, clinical pearls, references, definitions of key terms, and USMLE-style review questions. With this system, you’ll learn in the context of real patients, rather then merely memorize facts.
I am a fourth year medical student rotating on EM. I found the cases to be pretty comprehensive, and actually go and explain pathophysiology, and apply some of the basic historical and physical exam findings that may be forgotten over time. The beginning of the book challenges you to think about each case, not just “what is the diagnosis?” but also, “what are the next steps that need to be taken?”. That practice, along with the reading material, has really been wonderful. As someone preparing for internship pretty soon, this book actually makes me feel more confident in my ability to manage patients.