More Books (and Articles) Premeds Should Read!

Books for PremedsIf you haven’t already read our first post – 10 Books Every Premeds Should Read – go ahead and do that too!

Here are some more books that we have come across that give you some info into life as a doctor and medical student.

 

How Doctors Think, by Jerome E. Groopman 

Dr. Groopman is the Chair of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is a staff writer in medicine and biology for The New Yorker. He also has published approximately 150 scientific articles and has written several Op-Ed pieces on medicine for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Republic. I think he may have a thing or two to say about medicine!

 

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Guwande 

Dr. Atul Guwande had several books on our other premed book list, and this new book of his definitely belongs here as well. Caring for somebody at the end of their life is a hard thing to do, and a very delicate task. It’s something that Allison and I have covered on our premed podcast.

 

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

Dr. Ben Carson is a famous surgeon, who’s story was told in a Cuba Gooding Jr movie, Gifted Hands. He currently is more politician than surgeon, but his story is a great read.

 

If Disney Ran Your Hospital: 9 1/2 Things You Would Do Differently

Being a good doctor doesn’t mean just being a good doctor. It means knowing how to work as a team. Knowing how to improve patient satisfaction, improving processes and system and so much more. This book will help you dive into those topics. I guarantee you reading this book will give you so much more insight as you go on your journey!

 

First, Do No Harm: The Dramatic Story of Real Doctors and Patients Making Impossible Choices at a Big-City Hospital

Difficult conversations and difficult choices arise almost everyday as a physician. Lisa Belkin takes a look at these decisions and how it affects everybody involved.

NPR’s Affordable Care Act Coverage

http://www.npr.org/series/231423897/the-affordable-care-act-explained

The ACA (or Obama Care, as it’s known) can be a big topic of conversation during your interviews. Stay on top of the information with some this great series of articles put together by NPR.