If you don’t have a handheld device, you should get the following: 1 general pocket reference, 1 on-call pocket reference, and 1 drug pocket reference. Avoid having too many sources. That type-A, lay all the books out on the table when your studying move doesn’t work in internship or residency. So, don’t do it. It’s way too distracting.
Money Saver Tip – If you don’t have a handheld device (Palm, Pocket PC, Blackberry, etc), you should probably wait until your stipend kicks in from your internship or residency program. (Make sure they cover it)
Until I bought my PDA, I had…
Mass General Pocket Medicine – I scrapped the Washington Manual after about a week. I like Ferri’s better. But nowadays, I’d recommend this one… The full title is Pocket Medicine: The Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Internal Medicine
Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia – I kept this one in my pocket even after getting a PDA.
The Sanford Guide – I pretty much only used 6 pages (the charts in the middle), but I used them almost everyday.
This is also available on the Rookie Doc Squidoo Lens. I’ll update that, since it is more like an article, whereas, this is a timestamped blog post.