The following is a list of high-yield papers that you will hear referenced frequently. If you were only going to read 11 articles, these should be where you start.
Dellinger RP, Levy MM, Carlet JM, et al. Surviving Sepsis Campaign: international guidelines for management of severe sepsis and septic shock: 2008. Intensive Care Med. 2008;34(1):17–60.
Duncan JE, Quietmeyer CM. Bowel preparation: current status. Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2009;22(1):14.
Graham AS, Ozment C, Tegtmeyer K, Lai S, Braner DA. Videos in clinical medicine. Central venous catheterization. N Engl J Med. 2007;356(21):e21.
Marik PE, Vasu T, Hirani A, Pachinburavan M. Stress ulcer prophylaxis in the new millennium: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Crit Care Med. 2010;38(11):2222.
McGee S, Abernethy WB III, Simel DL. Is this patient hypovolemic? JAMA. 1999;281(11):1022–1029.
Moore FA, Moore EE. Initial Management of Life Threatening Trauma. ACS Surgery: Principles and Practice. <http://126.96.36.199/Volumes/ACSCD+July+2010/ACSCD/pdf/ACS0701.pdf>; 2005.
Napolitano LM, Kurek S, Luchette FA, et al. Clinical practice guideline: red blood cell transfusion in adult trauma and critical care. Crit Care Med. 2009;37(12):3124.
Nelson RL, Glenny AM, Song F. Antimicrobial prophylaxis for colorectal surgery. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009;(1):CD001181. <http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD001181.pub3/pdf/standard>.
Ochoa JB, Caba D. Advances in surgical nutrition. Surg Clin North Am. 2006;86(6):1483.
Rivers E, Nguyen B, Havstad S, et al. Early goal-directed therapy in the treatment of severe sepsis and septic shock. N Engl J Med. 2001;345(19):1368–1377.
Smith-Bindman R. Is computed tomography safe? N Engl J Med. 2010;363(1):1–4.