A Pre-Med Student’s Summer Reading List

Stack_volumes_okWhile the season of Summer has recently begun, the new school year is right around the corner. Sooner than you think, pre meds will be back in classes during the fall session. Summer presents a great time for pre meds to reflect about their future careers and affords them a time to educate themselves beyond the sciences that go into preparing for medical school. Traditionally, schools have presented students with summer reading lists, so we thought it would be fun to present a pre med reading list, so students can better verse themselves in the world of health care. Here are some books (and descriptions) that might appeal to your students!

How Doctor’s Think by Jerome Groopman
“How Doctors Think is a window into the mind of the physician and an insightful examination of the all-important relationship between doctors and their patients. In this myth-shattering work, Jerome Groopman explores the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. He pinpoints why doctors succeed and why they err. Most important, Groopman shows when and how doctors can — with our help — avoid snap judgments, embrace uncertainty, communicate effectively, and deploy other skills that can profoundly impact our health.” – Amazon.com

The Health Care Handbook by Nathan Moore and Elisabeth Askin
This was written by medical students to help fellow students understand the healthcare system and the ideas behind healthcare reform.

50 Studies Every Doctor Should Know by Michael E. Hochman MD 
“50 Studies Every Doctor Should Know presents concise summaries and analysis of 50 studies that have shaped the practice of medicine. Covering a wide array of topics – from dieting to cardiovascular disease, insomnia to obstetrics – this is a must-read for health care professionals and anyone who wants to learn more about the data behind clinical practice.” -Amazon

Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
“In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpel’s edge. Complications lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is-uncertain, perplexing, and profoundly human.” -Amazon
We hope your students enjoying reading these. Are there any books you would suggest? Let us know, we love to hear suggestions to add to the list.