In today’s episode, Ryan and Allison talk about a number of relevant resources for premeds, medical students, and residents whether you’re looking for books to help you prepare for your medical school applications or you simply want to take a breather and read some fun, yet insightful books. (Plus, some movie recommendations and what stethoscope to use!)
By the way, we previously rolled out a post covering some of the top books we highly recommend premeds should read while not studying.
Resources for Premeds:
Important resources when trying to figure out which medical schools to apply to:
Fun books to read:
Atul Gawande’s Books – His books cover more on problems relating to healthcare as well as practice of medicine and surgery today, and some resolutions to address those issues
A look into what life is like as a intern which will give you a good view of the different challenges faced
About a physician’s medical school experience at Harvard
A classic and a great read for any premed or medical student about a doctor’s internship journey (Most modern hospital dramas are loosely based on this book)
About a little girl from Laos with severe epilepsy living in California and the book takes you through their struggles and highlights the importance of cultural understanding and appreciation of diversity
Everything I Learned in Medical School by Dr. Sujay Kansagra
AAMC Practice Tests (3, 4, & 5 are too easy. 9 & 11 are the most realistic)
The best thing about practice tests is the REVIEW afterwards!
Resources for 1st/2nd Year Medical Students:
Important things to have:
Getting your white coat
- Lots of pens, highlighters, notebooks
- Mobile devices like tablet and computer
More things to consider:
- Have a good study buddy
- Have a good study environment
- Bring a change of clothes for the Anatomy Lab
Get Frank Netter’s books for classic anatomy stuff
For allopathic students:
First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 (get this early)
Resources for 3rd/4th Year Medical Students:
Teaches you how to write SOAP note, transfer note, admissions note, and more cheat sheets
Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2014 Deluxe Lab-Coat Edition (Pharmacy bible for medical students and attending physicians)
Other Pocket Books:
For Surgical Rotation:
Surgical Recall book with bullet points
Epocrates (electronic version of the Pharmacopoeia)
MedCalc (great calculator for different medical formulas)
Dynamed (clinical summaries on different medical topics)
VisualDX (diagnosis and treatment plan)
Ophthalmoscope & Otoscope:
(you don’t really need to buy one though)
Other Stuff You Need to Have:
Peer-reviewed data on diagnosis, treatment plans, etc. (you only have access to is at the hospital because they’re paid for)
Shelf Prep Books:
Bibles for Medicine:
Resources for Residents:
Board Review Books
Other Links and Resources:
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