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Residents & Fellows Corner | Nov/Dec '18

Must-Have Books for the Beginning Ophthalmologist: An Update

In the July/August 2017 issue of MillennialEYE, we compiled a list of seven key reads for ophthalmology residents. As our personal libraries continue to grow, we have added two more texts to our list of must-have books. Although not the traditional textbook-style resource, the two narratives described below will help ensure that all points on the educational spectrum are covered.

REFLECTIONS OF A PUPIL

No one should start residency, or any career in treating patients, without first reading Reflections of a Pupil by R. Rishi Gupta, MD, FRCSC. This practical tapestry of short passages presents readers with all the adages of our wisest mentors in a concise and easy read. We strongly believe that this gem of a book will not only stand the test of time but will also mature alongside your career every time you pick it back up.

Take-home message: About a thousand of them—enjoy!

Fast facts: Print: $18.95; eBook: $9.99; Editor review: 5 stars

WAKING UP BLIND

The world was a different place in the 1980s, and those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Doused in controversy, Waking Up Blind is a nonfiction work by Tom Harbin, MD, who courageously sheds light on the murky intersection between academia, medicine, law, responsibility, and, most important, character. We simply couldn’t put this book down, and the turn of every page implores the reader to consider his or her humility with respect to the trust bestowed upon physicians by their patients.

Take-home message: Never forget why you went into medicine in the first place.

Fast facts: Print: $21.99; eBook: $9.99; Amazon review: 4.7 stars

SUMMARY

For ophthalmology residents, time is precious. However, these texts, combined with those outlined on our previous list, are certainly worthy endeavors for those looking for a well-rounded guide to life and practice as an ophthalmologist.

author
Adam Jacobson, MD
  • Chief Ophthalmology Resident, New York Medical College, Valhalla
  • Financial interest: None
author
Eric Rosenberg, DO
  • Ophthalmology Resident, Westchester Medical Center, New York
  • ericr29@gmail.com; Twitter @EyeDRosenberg
  • Financial interest: Editor (Operative Dictations in Ophthalmology)
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