Toronto Notes 2007

The Brother is back in town from Canada, and he comes with a powerful offering.

Behold! The Toronto Notes 2007!

Toronto Notes

Quoted from the official website:
The Toronto Notes 2007 is a comprehensive package of review material useful for medical students. Students studying for medical licensing exams have found that this is the one book that is able to quickly prepare you for the medical school licensing exam.

All these came together in a package costing CAD$125. It consists of:

– Comprehensive Medical Reference & Review for MCCQE I & USMLE II
– The Colour Atlas of Medicine
– Clinical Medicine Handbook
– A Compact Disk (CD).

The CD contains: Colour Atlas, Radiology Atlas, Radiology Cases & Quizzes, Interative Radiology Atlas, ECG Made Simple Tutorial, Quick Reference Cards, Sample Tests and the Clinical Information Set, not only available for the Palm, but also the Pocket PC. Woo!

Brings a tear to the eye.

I’ve rapidly flipped through the Obstetrics and Gynaecology chapters and it’s good. Beautiful summary of the important things. Exactly the kind of thing to use with too much to study and too little time to study it in.

Update (3 weeks later):
Having used it for a while, I heartily approve of this book. Firstly, I’m lazy, and each part gives a good overview. While deficient in some chapters, generally it covers the salient important points. One thing I found useful were the mnemonics in the side columns. An example would be ABCD for contraindications of oral contraceptive pills (Acute liver disease, Bleeding per vaginal that is undiagnosed, Cancer (breast, endometrial), Deep vein thrombosis).

Furthermore, being the latest version (2007) and updated annually (the Brother has the 2006 and 2005 editions), most of the information is up to date.

If you find that lugging the whole set around is too troublesome, the main set of notes actually comes with “Tear-along-this-line” pages, making it easy to separate the chapters (and file or bind, as necessary). As can be seen in the picture above, it comes pre-punched with three holes, suitable for certain ring files.

Update (4 weeks later):
I’ve given up using Hacker & More plus Lewellyn-Jones for O&G end-of-posting tests. They’re a bit too wordy and only useful for certain points. The Toronto notes covers everything in easy-to-read point form, perfect for covering all the points necessary in a short period of time. By annotating on the notes whatever other important points learnt from tutorials or reference books, I’ve obtained the perfect revision guide.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by faisal on August 23, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    hey J ,i am looking this book because I see this book at medical student center at SGH ,but I waite you ,next tiome I ask many guys but can not find.
    me too very interested in this book.
    please mail me at


  2. Posted by Aaron on November 11, 2007 at 12:02 am

    Hello!I intend to do the Australian Medical Council Exam in May 2008. I would like to know if you recommend theToronto Notes as helpful material to do the AMC EXAM. Thanks!


  3. Not being an Australian, it’s difficult for me to comment on the AMC Exam. The Toronto Notes are, however, a comprehensive guide with most of the basic things of what you need to know [at least for medical student level], inclusive of handy mnemonics and journal article abstract quotations.

    It’s an expensive choice, however, but its point-form format makes it easier to study from than say… Kumar & Clark or Harrison’s.

    How about Talley & O’Connor’s Examination Medicine? It’s a handy book running through common clinical cases (long & short) and even comes with a CD for a visual revision of examination technique. Furthermore, it’s designed for the Australian context.


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