First things first – read UpToDate. It’s like Wikipedia but referenced and written by specialists – but it’s not free. The single best medical resource I’ve used. Take note though, it’s not always simple enough for reading a topic for the first time – I’d resort to your chosen textbook for that – but great when it comes to really getting complete knowledge of a topic.

When it comes to textbooks, it’s important to read a topic that you already know well in a few different ones, and then see which fits you best. Then read a topic you really find difficult, and see if that one explains it really well. A couple that I’ve found to be useful:

For something simpler, Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine,  and Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine are both also popular.
And for a quick reference, I’d recommend looking at:


Here, I’ve linked various copies of guidelines, from executive summaries to pocket versions to the full thing. It means a lot of links, but less searching around for you. They are in order of how I’ve come across them at this stage  – this list will certainly get a lot larger with time (and I’ll come up with a new organisational system). There’s also a list of all the latest reviews and important articles from the big journals, all which is regularly updated. If there’s a slightly older article in there, it’s either because it’s really important or it’s the most recent version I could find.

Please note that the information that I’ve linked to is not created/approved/endorsed by me, nor am I affiliated with its authors in any way or vouch for its accuracy. It is designed to educate, and should only be used by medical practitioners. The information provided is only to guide decision making and in no way is designed to replace rational clinical judgement. Now that’s out of the way, check it out below.


Topic Review Guidelines
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Secondary prevention
Atrial fibrillation
Stable angina
NSTEACS(Unstable angina + NSTEMI)
Heart Failure
Brugada syndrome
Valvular heart disease

Respiratory and Sleep Disorders

Topic Review Guidelines
COPD Outpatient management of severe COPD (April 2010) ACP/ACCP/ATS/ERSFull(2011)TSANZCOPD-X exec. Summary (2011)GOLDFull (2011)Pocket (2011)Desk Ref. (2011)
Asthma BTS/SIGNFull(2011)Quick reference (2011)
Anaphylaxis NICEPathway(Dec 2011)Full (Dec 2011)NICE (Dec 2011)
Hereditary angioedema ASCAFull (Mar 2011)
Bronchoscopy BTSFull (2011)
Diaphragmatic dysfunction Dysfunction of the diaphragm (NEJM, 2012)  
Insomnia Chronic insomnia (Lancet, Jan 2012)  
Occupational lung disease Silicosis (Lancet, Apr 2012 )  


Topic Review Guidelines
Stroke/TIA Diagnosis and management of transient ischaemic attack and ischaemic stroke in the acute phase(BMJ 2011)Intravenous thrombolytic therapy for acute ischaemic stroke (NEJM 2011)Secondary prevention after ischaemic stroke/TIA (NEJM, May 2012) NSFFull(2010)Concise(2010)Recommendations(2010)Fact Sheet(2010)ASA/AHAPrimary prevention of stroke(2010)Spontaneous intracerebral haemorrhage (2010)

Early management of adults with ischaemic stroke (2007)

Epilepsy Current concepts: sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy(NEJM 2011)Current concepts: drug resistant epilepsy (NEJM 2011) AANAED for people with HIV/AIDS(2012)NICEFull (2011)NICE (2011)
Multiple Sclerosis Fingolimod for multiple sclerosis (NEJM Jan 2012) AANClinical Evaluation and Treatment of Transverse Myelitis(2011)The use of natalizumab for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (2008)
Dementia and cognitive impairment Mild cognitive impairment (NEJM 2011)  
Developmental disorders Developmental dyslexia (Lancet, April 2012)
Hearing loss AAO/AANSudden hearing loss (Mar 2012)
Inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathies(AIDP/GBS, CIDP) AANIVIg in the treatment of neuromuscular disorders (Mar 2012)
Migraine and headache disorders Cluster headache (BMJ, Apr 2012) AANPharmacologic treatment for episodic migraine prevention in adults(Apr 2012)NSAIDs and other complementary treatments for episodic migraine prevention in adults (Apr 2012)


Topic Review Guidelines
Parathyroid disorders Primary Hyperparathyroidism (NEJM 2011)Primary hyperparathyroidism (BMJ, March 2012)
Diabetes Mellitus Glycemic management of Type 2 diabetes mellitus(NEJM, April 2012)Diabetic retinopathy (NEJM, March 2012)Insulin pump therapy in type 1 diabetes mellitus (NEJM, Apr 2012) AANTreatment of painful diabetic neuropathy(2011)Diabetes AustraliaType 2 diabetes management in general practice (Sep 2011)ACPOral treatment of T2DM (Feb 2012)
Thyroid disorders Subclinical hypothyroidism(Lancet, Jan 2012)Thyrotoxicosis (Lancet, March 2012)
Osteoporosis OAFlowchart (2012)


Topic Review Guidelines
FSGS Medical Progress: Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (NEJM 2011)
Anaemia in CKD CARIHb targets in CKD (Nov 2011)
Transplant CARICare of kidney transplant recipients (adaptation of KDIGO guidelines, Dec 2011)
Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis – a new look at an old entity (NEJM March 2012)


Topic Review Guidelines
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Mechanisms of Disease: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (NEJM 2011)
Raynaud’s Phenomenon Diagnosis and management of Raynaud’s phenomenon (Lancet, Feb 2012)


Topic Review Guidelines
Prostate Cancer
Febrile neutropaenia ALLG/MOGA/ASID et alFull (2011)
Colorectal cancer NICEPathway(2011)Full (Nov 2011)NICE (Nov 2011)ESMOPrimary (Jan 2010)NHMRCFull (2005)GESABowel cancer screening (2011)
Ovarian cancer Management of Ovarian Cancer (JAMA, March 2012) NICEQuick ref.(April 2011)Full (April 2011)NICE (April 2011)
Lung cancer NICEQuick ref.(April 2011)Full (April 2011)NICE (April 2011)IASLC/ATS/ERSClassification of adenocarcinoma(2011)ACCPDiagnosis and management of lung cancer (2007)
Breast cancer Ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast (BMJ, March 2012) ESMOPrimary (April 2011)Recurrent/metastatic (June 2011)BRCA (Jan 2011)
Endometrial cancer Contemporary management of endometrial cancer (Lancet, April 2012) ESMOFull (July 2011)
Biliary cancer ESMOFull (March 2011)
Bladder cancer ESMOFull(Feb 2011)AFPFull (Apr 2011)
Cervical cancer ACAFull (March 2012)

Public Health

Topic Review Guidelines
Cancer Screening for prostate cancer(NEJM 2011)Breast-cancer screening(NEJM 2011)Bowel cancer screening (MedicineToday, May 2010)Screening for colorectal cancer (Annals of Internal Medicine, March 2012) GESABowel cancer screening (2011)Surveillance colonoscopy(Dec 2011)ACAScreening for cervical cancer (Mar 2012)


Topic Review Guidelines
Ulcerative Colitis Medical Progress: Ulcerative Colitis (NEJM 2011)
Hepatocellular carcinoma Current Concepts: Hepatocellular carcinoma (NEJM 2011)Seminar: Hepatocellular carcinoma (Lancet, March 2012) EASLHepatocellular carcinoma(April 2012)AASLDFull (July 2010)
Chronic liver disease/cirrhosis Mechanisms of disease: the coagulopathy of chronic liver disease (NEJM 2011)
Hepatitis B GESAFull(Sep 2009)Summary (2009)AASLDFull (Sep 2009)
Hepatitis C Chronic hepatitis C infection (NEJM 2011) AASLD/IDSAUpdate Genotype 1 (2011)EASLHepatitis C (March 2011)
Haemochromatosis Hereditary Haemochromatosis (Gastroenterology Jun 2010) AASLDFull (July 2011)GESAFull (2007)EASLFull (April 2010)
GORD DHF/GESAFull (2011)
Helicobacter pylori Diagnosis of helicobacter pylori (BMJ Feb 2012)  
Barrett’s oesophagus GESAManagement of Barrett’s Oesophagus (2012)

 Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Topic Review Guidelines
Abnormal vaginal bleeding RANZCOGFull (2011)
GBS RANZCOGFull (2011)
Gestational diabetes mellitus RANZCOGFull (2011)
Postpartum haemorrhage RANZCOGFull(2011)RCOGFull (2009)
Placenta accreta RANZCOGFull(2011)RCOGFull (2011)
Placenta praevia RCOGFull (2011)
Menopause RANZCOGFull (2011)
Miscarriage Recurrent miscarriage (NEJM 2010) RCOGFull (2011)
Induction of labour Indications for induction of labour (BJOG, 2011)
Malignancy in pregnancy Malignancy in pregnancy(Lancet, 2012)Breast cancer in pregnancy  
Endometrial cancer Contemporary management of endometrial cancer (Lancet, April 2012) ESMOFull (July 2011)
PCOS Jean Hailes Foundation/NHMRCFull(July 2011)Summary (July 2011)
Thromboembolism in pregnancy ATSFull (2011)
Cervical cancer ACAFull (March 2012)

Psychiatry and Dependence

Topic Review Guidelines
Depression Depression during pregnancy (NEJM 2011)Major depressive disorder(Lancet, Dec 2011)Depression in adolescence (Lancet, Feb 2012) Depression in adolescents and young adults (2011)
Personality disorders Borderline personality disorder (NEJM 2011)
Alcohol dependence DASSAFull (Dec 2011)


Topic Review Guidelines
ITP/PIT Thrombopoeitin receptor antagonists for primary immune thrombocytopaenia (NEJM 2011)
Febrile neutropaenia ALLG/MOGA/ASID et alFull (2011)IDSAFull (Feb 2011)
Lymphoma Burkitt’s lymphoma (Lancet, March 2012)  
Cryoglobulinaemia The cryoglobulinaemias (Lancet 2012)
CLL ESMOFull (Jan 2011)
Thrombosis/embolism Pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis (Lancet, 2012) ACCPAnti-thrombotic therapy and prevention of thrombosis (2012)ESMOVTE in cancer (Mar 2011)ATSPE in pregnancy (2011)

Infectious Diseases

Topic Review Guidelines
HIV Mechanisms of disease: development of antiretroviral drug resistance(NEJM 2011)Medical progress: acute HIV-1 infection (NEJM 2011) RCOGHIV in pregnancy (2010)
Clostridium difficile ASIDFull (2011)IDSAFull (2011)
Febrile neutropaenia ALLG/MOGA/ASID et alFull (2011)IDSAFull (Feb 2011)
Tuberculosis Latent TB in the US (NEJM 2011) NICEPathway(March 2011)Full (being reviewed)NICE (March 2011)
UTI/cystitis/pyelonephritis Uncomplicated urinary tract infection (NEJM, March 2012) IDSAFull (2011)
Measles Measles (Lancet 2012)
MRSA IDSAFull (2011)
Bacterial meningitis Bacterial meningitis (Lancet 2012)  


Topic Review Guidelines
Lichen planus Lichen planus (NEJM, Feb 2012)
Melanoma AADFull (2011)
Alopecia Alopecia areata (NEJM, April 2012)


Topic Review Guidelines
Immunoglobulins IgG4 related disease (NEJM Feb 2012)
Overview The Immune System(NEJM July 2000)An overview of the immune system (Lancet June 2001)


Topic Review Guidelines
Epistaxis 10 Minute Consultation: Epistaxis (BMJ Feb 2012)


Topic Review Guidelines
Polypharmacy AGS (Beers Criteria)Pocket (2012)Full (2012)
Falls AGSPrevention (2010)
Cognitive impairment and dementia Mild cognitive impairment(NEJM, June 2011)Early Alzheimer’s disease(NEJM, June 2010)Mechanisms of disease: Alzheimer’s disease (NEJM, Jan 2010) Cal Working Group/AGSAlzheimer’s (2008)


Topic Review Guidelines
Central retinal vein occlusion Central retinal vein occlusion (CEO, Feb 2012)Managing retinal vein occlusion (BMJ, Feb 2012)
Glaucoma Vascular risk factors in glaucoma (Feb 2012) AAOPrimary open angle glaucoma (2010)

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