“a well-developed knowledge of clinical microbiology is critical for the practicing physician in any medical field. Bacteria, viruses, and protozoans have no respect for the distinction between ophthalmology, pediatrics, trauma surgery, or geriatric medicine. Microbiology is one of the few courses where much of the ‘minutia’ is regularly used by the practicing physician.”“Anyone who uses the terms ‘strong’, ‘powerful’ or ‘big gun’ in reference to antibiotics knows nothing about the treatment of infectious diseases. Zero.”Mark Crislip MD
- Your home institution’s antibiogram, which is, by far, more important than any textbook or guideline when it come to choosing antibiotics in clinical practice
- Your home country’s immunization schedules. (For the United States, see the Center for Disease Control’s Recommended Immunization Schedules For Children, Teens, and Adults)
- Minor Emergencies: Expert Consult (2012). Has lots of good tips and tricks (aka “pearls”) about managing common outpatient infections
- Differential Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases by David Schlossberg MD (1996, one of the best medical books of all time, reviewed here)
- EMRA 2013 Antibiotic Guide, 15th edition by Brian J. Levine MD (reviewed here); Great for choosing the correct antibiotics in real life and during licensing examinations
- Atlas of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology by Wallace Peters MD (2007, reviewed here)
Basic Science Resources
- Case Studies in Infectious Disease (2009). This book will help you become very familiar with the 40 most burdensome pathogens in the world.
- Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases: An Illustrated Colour Text (2007) by Mark Gladwin MD. Outstanding summary of various and common and uncommon infectious diseases.
- Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple (2011). A solid basic science microbiology book. Contains lots of silly mnemonics, which some learners might find helpful.
- Antibiotic Basics for Clinicians: The ABCs of Choosing the Right Antibacterial Agent by Alan R Hauser, MD, PhD (2012, reviewed here) is an overview of the biology and philosophy of choosing antibiotics.
- An Atlas of the Clinical Microbiology of Infectious Diseases, Volumes 1 & 2 by Edward J. Bottone is an extremely comprehensive and interesting laboratory approach to infectious diseases.