Clinical Resources for your Practice

There is an abundance of clinical resources on the market nowadays, especially with the availability of products on Amazon. Nevertheless, there are particular resources that have consistently stuck out to me as my favorite clinical must-haves. Especially if you're working in a primary care setting, the following resources are excellent supplements for your practice!


Pocket Primary Care, 1st ed. (Pocket Notebook Series)

  • Authors: Meghan M. Kiefer, MD,‎ and Curtis R. Chong MD, PhD, MPhil
  • Purchase: Available on Amazon
  • Review: This book is easily my favorite primary care resource. During clinical rotations, I used this book for many shifts, and it was such a concise yet complete reference tool. Not only is the information useful, it is organized in a very methodical way, and it really helps you quickly review and remember the essential components of a specific primary care visit. Even better, this handy resource fits in your white coat pocket!


Symptom to Diagnosis, 3rd ed. (Lange)

  • Authors: Scott D.C. Stern,‎ Adam S. Cifu, and‎ Diane Altkorn
  • Purchase: Available on Amazon
  • Review: When it comes to learning the pathophysiology behind a condition, and then framing that information to an organized patient visit, Symptom to Diagnosis takes you step by step in the process. It is also one of my very favorite resources for primary care education because it is easy to follow, and is well-written. The information is comprehensive, and really puts into perspective why you do this or that during a patient visit. This is a must-have resource for new graduates and even seasoned NPs.


CURRENT Medical Diagnosis and Treatment 2018, 57th ed. (Lange)

  • Authors: Maxine A. Papadakis, MD,‎ Stephen J. McPhee, MD,‎ and Michael W. Rabow
  • Purchase: Available on Amazon
  • Review: CURRENT is another solid Lange medical resource. When you want more detail than what the Pocket to Primary Care notebook can offer, CURRENT is a great go-to. It includes more detailed explanations on pathophysiology, etiology, differential diagnosis, when to admit a patient, when to refer a patient, and also includes many photos for different conditions. CURRENT has always been a reference I have used throughout grad school and after. It does not disappoint! Also, the CURRENT medical series is updated year by year, so don't miss out on any of the newer editions.


The 5-Minute Clinical Consult 2018, 26th ed. 

  • Authors: Frank J. Domino, MD,‎ Robert A. Baldor, MD, FAAFP,‎ Jeremy Golding, MD, FAAFP,‎ Mark B. Stephens, MD, MS, FAAFP
  • Purchase: Available on Amazon
  • Review: For visual learners, the 5-Minute Clinical Consult is a fantastic supplement to learning clinical algorithms. Sometimes when reading the material is too overwhelming, things make a lot more sense on a chart. Purchase this resource if you are interested in looking at a variety of patient conditions and organizing guidelines in a visual, and simplified overview. I found this tool particularly helpful for review and also for learning new algorithms in a way that was easier to absorb. The 5-Minute Clinical Consult is also updated annually, so be on the lookout for updated versions of this text.


What are some of your go-to clinical resources for work? Feel free to share your favorite tools in the comments below!