About Toronto Notes
Toronto Notes is a concise and comprehensive medical review revised annually by the University of Toronto graduating medical class under the guidance of leading experts within the Faculty of Medicine. This reference text started as a compilation of notes written by and shared among University of Toronto students to study for their medical licensing exams. After 29 years, it has become a reputable study guide used by medical students across Canada and around the world. This transformation could not have happened without the dedication of students who ensure that each edition contains the latest evidence-based information on 29 subspecialties of Medicine. This year has been no different: over 100 staff worked tirelessly to complete this edition.
Since its inception, Toronto Notes has been a non-profit organization where revenue is used to fund University of Toronto medical student initiatives including community outreach, international health projects, charitable performances, and graduating class scholarships and bursaries. On behalf of the Toronto Notes production team, we would like to thank the support from thousands of medical students around the world by purchasing our book.
The 29th edition of Toronto Notes offers exciting new changes to further enhance your exam preparation. We have included over 20 new original medical illustrations, updated our online colour atlas with new images and annotations, and revised our evidence-based medicine reviews. We also have a new learning module: the Approach to Ultrasound in the Emergency Department, created to help medical students understand the basics of ultrasound imaging in trauma and other emergencies. In addition, we have included over 50 Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) scenarios with history and physical exam checklists for practice purposes that can be found online.
As readers, we appreciate your feedback. This year, we have spent considerable time improving the scientific and writing accuracy of our publications. Many of those changes originated from your comments submitted online on our website. Having travelled across the country for electives, we appreciate how so many medical students value Toronto Notes for studying during clinical rotations and exam preparation. We therefore understand the trust placed in our publication and realize our crucial task in upholding the accuracy of our content.
Thank you very much for purchasing the 2013 edition of Toronto Notes. We hope it will serve you well in all of your future medical endeavours.
Curtis Woodford and Christopher Yao
Editors-in-Chief, Toronto Notes 2012
M.D. Program, University of Toronto