Required Reading

Resources for Learning and Studying

Required Reading – Your main source for your reading should be:

This book will be loaned to you during the rotation.

  • Essentials of General Surgery by Peter F. Lawrence, Fifth Edition.

Highly Recommended:

  • National Medical Series (NMS) Surgery Case book by Bruce E. Jarrell, 1st edition
  • Blue prints Q&A Step 2 Surgery , 2nd Edition

COACH – Comprehensive Online Advanced Care Heuristic (

Introduction: COACH is a Web-based learning resource developed by Dr. James Lee (Endocrine Surgery) that contains many  valuable procedure videos, care manuals, and departmental conferences and lectures including Grand Rounds and Evidence-Based Algorithm presentations. If you are unable to complete your mandatory surgical procedures, you can use one COACH video as a substitute.  

Access: To access the site, you must register for a new account, by clicking the register button.  Use your Columbia email address to facilitate the approval process, which should take no more than 24 business hours.

If you are still unable to log in after 24 hours, please notify Dr. Christine Hsieh (, 917-843-1547), and Mercedes Albrecht: