The best books for OB/GYN residents

July 21, 2017

Having just recently completed my OBGYN residency, I thought I would share a few resources that I found particularly helpful. I posted this to instagram a few weeks ago, but I figured it was worthy of a blog post. To be completely honest, these would not only be helpful for residents, but any medical students hoping to specialize in OBGYN.

Every July, the most common questions new interns ask are  “what books do I need??” I can’t really speak to other fields, obviously, but for interns starting out OBGYN, there are a few books I really recommend buying.

The first one is my favorite: Pocket Obstetrics and Gynecology. This book kicks both of the little red books’ booties. It came out sometime during my second year and it is just awesome! I find it so easy to reference, and it is packed with info to help get you through a night on call—especially when a pregnant patient rolls in with DKA and you need a quick reference that’s not Up to Date. It also references the articles that the info comes from so you can look it up  (and look really smart when your attending asks you where you got your info!) Highly recommend. Literally saved me on night float.

The second book is William Obstetrics. I prefer this over Gabbe because I just think the pictures are better and the information is easier to read. With Gabbe I felt like I had to sift through a lot of wordage to get to the information, where as I feel like Williams OB just puts it out there and is succinct.

Last but not least, Williams Gynecology. I can’t stress how much I love this book, and that is saying a lot for a textbook. When I started my intern year, I really tried to read Katz Gynecology but it was so dry that I kept falling asleep. Eventually (after all my attendings would tell me that I need to read more — they never really stopped to be honest) I discovered Williams Gynecology. In my opinion, it’s easier to ready and breaks things down to make complex topics more simple. Plus it has extensive descriptions of all (I mean all!) the different surgeries to reference to before going to the OR, with pictures describing the case. I found it more helpful than TeLindes. This also single handedly got me through my Oncology rotation and helped me prepare for those Thursday morning Tumor Board presentations.  I am sure I will be referencing this book and the Williams OB book plenty as an attending next year.

I hope this is helpful. If there are any other books I am missing, comment below!

By Lia