The AMSS is pleased to offer you this updated and expanded guide to assist in your learning. It's well worth your time, so be sure to check it out in full. Below you’ll find online textbook banks, go-to resources for different specialities, gold-mines for most things medicine, MCQ banks, online lecture resources frequented by medical students and more!

Textbooks #

Textbook Talk

Textbook Talk is an AMSS publication that aims to help you decide which are the best textbooks to buy. It is packed with information about the more commonly used textbooks, as well as recommendations from older students.

Textbook Talk 2018 (First Years)
Textbook Talk 2017 (Pre-clinical)
Textbook Talk 2017 (Clinical)

Search clinical eBooks, eJournals, practice guidelines, patient handouts, and cases on a wide area of clinical medicine in a single unified search engine. Also provides access to the Australian Medicines Handbook via the "Drugs" tab.

Guidelines #

“Check the eTG.” Ever reliable, the Electronic Therapeutic Guidelines (eTG) comprehensively covers the up-to-date management of common disorders seen in clinical practise. The guidelines are independent, unbiased and are quotable in CBL and on the wards. 

Australian Medicines Handbook

The AMH is an independent (not supported by drug companies), evidence-based Australian website/textbook containing information on just about every drug an Australian doctor is likely to see. Access is available via CANVAS, on the Exam Course for year level.

The South Australian Perinatal Practice Guidelines are clinical guidelines established by the Department of Health for the care of obstetric patients in South Australia. These guidelines are used and quoted extensively by clinicians at the Women's and Children's Hospital and are hence a definitive reference for diagnostic and management criteria. contains the official guidelines for the management of sexually transmitted infections in Australia. The guidelines are somehow both concise and comprehensive, covering important specific details such as requirements for notification and tests of cure.

Websites #

A great resource for pre-clinical and clinical students alike, Medscape contains thousands of free articles, ranging from diseases to investigations to drug profiles, written by experts, usually from the United States. Pre-clinical students have been known to get through entire CBL sessions with only a Medscape article, printed moments before the session is to begin, in their hands. Clinical students have been known to utilise the Medscape app to pass the time during long ward rounds. You'll need to create a free Medscape account to access. To use the Medscape app offline, click the dropdown menu in the top-left-hand corner of the screen >> data updates >> download clinical reference. 

Once students start using it, many find that UpToDate is something that they can't live without. UpToDate is quite possibly a clinical student's best friend. It is widely available in the hospitals and it has a knack for containing just the right information you need, when you're desperately searching minutes before a ward round. There's also PLENTY in it for pre-clinical students too, particularly when specific clinical details cannot be found elsewhere. 

BMJ Best Practice combines the latest evidence and expert opinion and presents it in a concise fashion. Useful for CBL and in the clinical years, this resource provides excellent detail regarding disease risk factors and differential diagnoses. There is also a drug database that contains hundreds of drugs alphabetically and is especially useful for understanding drugs and their adverse effects.

A one stop shop for succinct mechanisms underlying a wide variety of conditions with reliability generally ensured by the review of all materials undertaken by the University of Calgary. Mechanisms are generally of sufficient detail for examinations though can be insufficiently detailed for CBL. Make sure to check out the cardiology section, a gold-mine of useful mechanisms for CBL. Quick tip: if you can’t find what you are looking for with the search engine (it can be very specific), try the contents menu. 

The place to go when Calgary guide lacks the detail you need. McMaster’s (often called provides well referenced pathophysiology in a well explained easy to read format. They have particularly good sections for: ischaemic heart disease, heart failure, breast cancer, lung cancer and PCOS.

Known for being the go-to ECG resource, Life in the Fast Lane (LITFL) is actually much more. It is the brainchild of an Dr Mike Cadogan, an emergency physician and passionate advocate of FOAM (Free Open Access “Meducation”), and contains concise summaries of everything critical care and practise cases surrounding CXRs, ABGs, trauma, ECGs (of course) and more! 

These useful resources are directed at General Practitioners but can be of great use to medical students as well. They contain articles focused on the clinical details of both disease profiles and investigations. A great place to start for third year CBL, due to its clinical focus.

These useful resources are directed at General Practitioners but can be of great use to medical students as well. They contain articles focused on the clinical details of both disease profiles and investigations. A great place to start for third year CBL, due to its clinical focus.

A great free resource to learn basic anatomy in a simple easy to read way. Relied on by first years for their excellent upper and lower limb sections, the detailed full colour images are a great place to go when starting studying anatomy for a CBL case. The level of detail can often be limited so make sure to supplement your knowledge with another source.

Blue Histology is an online database of histology knowledge, MCQs and SAQs developed by the University of Western Australia. While useful throughout the year in preparing for CBL, the real value of this source is in testing your histology knowledge (or lack there of) in SWOTVAC. 

Born from the ongoing war of words between orthopaedic surgeons and paragraphs of text, Orthobullets is the resource of choice to learn all you need to know about any fracture or musculoskeletal pathology. Physician-types may yearn for further detail, but that’s why physicians made UpToDate. Also contains practise MCQs on musculoskeletal topics. 

A great go-to-source for all things kids in medicine. The RCH Clinical Practice Guidelines contain reliable assessment and management algorithms for all the common paediatrics conditions. Content is also accessible offline via the RCH phone app. 

Question Banks #

And we thought case-based learning ended in pre-clin… eMedici utilises case-based learning in the teaching of surgery (known as an excellent guide to the Year 4 Surgical Home Unit curriculum), as well as general medicine, psychiatry, MSK, Obstetrics and more! Being the brain-child of the highly-regarded retired Adelaide surgeon, A/Prof Peter Devitt, eMedici provides cases and MCQs in a style much like what we are used to seeing in our own course.. In fact, many of the cases are written by our own medical students, under the supervision of clinicians. If you wish to add to their ever expanding library, just get in touch with the eMedici Team via their website.

BMJ OnExamination

The medical question bank provided free of charge by the Medical School. A great deal of customisation makes BMJ a highly utilised resource. Available on the web and as an app, with questions that can be customised based on type and speciality area, and useful for all of personal study, study on-the-go and study group practise.

Access is via CANVAS, year level exam course part 1 >> quick links >> BMJ OnExamination
Modules >> student academic resources >> BMJ OnExamination >> download PDF >> follow instructions of PDF to subscribe freely to BMJ OnExamination

Lectures #

The AMSS Teaching Series lectures have been written to supplement student learning and act as a form of self-assessment. 'Core Content' lectures cover topics that students should be very familiar with by the end of the rotation. 'End of Rotation' lectures cover some more peripheral, or challenging, content. A pre-clinical organ system-based lecture series is in development.

IntelliLearn & DAROGA are two Obstetrics & Gynaecology online lecture series targeted to the Year 5 Human Reproductive Health program. Pparticular highlights of IntelliLearn includes its pre-lecture and post-lecture self-tests.

IntelliLearn & DAROGA are two Obstetrics & Gynaecology online lecture series targeted to the Year 5 Human Reproductive Health program. Particular highlights of DAROGA include its OSCE Pearls of Wisdom videos and the cameos from “Zen Master Jimmy.”

You may have heard of Khan Academy. Their extensive collection of educational videos spans almost every field of study. Khan Academy’s biology videos can be a great place to get an understanding of FBS or MMI concepts and their medicine videos can help you to gain a basic understanding of complex concepts. Very useful for simplifying those hard to grasp areas including renal and respiratory physiology.

Possibly the most knowledgeable human being when it comes to the RAAS (Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System, in case you are yet to watch the Dr Najeeb video) Dr Najeeb’s Youtube channel contains 100s of videos explaining key anatomical, physiological and pathological concepts. 

Needing a quick fix of H&E staining, look no further. The Shotgun Histology channel on Youtube contains plenty of short, concise videos covering histology from head-to-toe.