The 7 Books Every Pre-Med Student Should ReadOf course, the quality and content of the books is just as important as the habit. Here are our top picks. Medical students and doctors are some of the worst offenders when it comes to financial literacy. This book is the single best resource for pre-med, medical students, residents, and even attending physicians to acquaint themselves with the financial nuances including student loans, investments, and much more specific to a profession in medicine. Paul Kalanithi was a neurosurgery resident at Stanford that succumbed to metastatic lung cancer.
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As a premedical advisor and medical school admissions consultant I encourage prospective medical students to read books that will expand their view of the medical profession. Reading literature allows us to better understand the human condition which, in turn, makes doctors better practitioners. In addition, during medical school interviews applicants are sometimes asked about books they have read about the medical profession; interviewers want to know whether the applicant has been curious enough to read about his or her chosen profession. The books I have selected cover different aspects of the medical profession, from practicing medicine to understanding global health challenges to navigating the complexities of cultural competency. I have compiled a list of helpful books for premed and med students.
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Editor's note: Over the last several months, numerous young Scope readers have inquired about which books they should be reading to prepare for a potential future in medicine. It was the summer after my freshman year of college and I was volunteering in an outpatient pediatric ward. In the span of a week, I had seen two babies die. A newborn died of complications from seizures right in front of me, and a two week old baby died of malnutrition as we watched him wither away in an incubator. I lay in bed the next day and looked around my rented tropical room for distraction.
Below is a subjective list of the 10 books every premed student should read before going to medical school. The list includes stories and perspectives from attending physicians, residents, interns, and even medical students. Happy reading! Sign-up for free today at Audible. Four of the books we list below are available as audiobooks on Audible.