Dr. Perstana’s Surgery Notes
This is all you need to do well on the shelf exam. I usually averaged around 79 or 80 on shelfs- nothing special. But surgery was my second highest score- I got an 86. All I did was read this book twice (it’s short so you better be able to pretty much recite it) and did the 100-150 or so UWorld questions for surgery.
NMS Surgery Casebook
Great book! I wish I had bought this at the start of my Surgery rotation. It explains everything you need to know for surgery. It highlights H&P findings, investigations, procedures and complications for common cases you will see on rotation. It also has really nice images for anatomy. I think this book is a lot more comprehensive than Dr. Pestana’s Surgery Notes. I would highly recommend this book not only for your surgery rotation, but also for the boards.