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Books to prep for the Long Haul...

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by SpeedRacer, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. SpeedRacer

    SpeedRacer Senior Member
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    and NO i'm not talking about science textbooks! i'm talking about those cheesy books you see for undergrad college and business school, etc. the ones that tell you what to expect, what to pack, what to be prepared for. i want one of THOSE to occupy my time when i'm layin on the couch.

    this is a good one:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0738205117/002-8633696-4429629?v=glance&n=283155

    but not for med school!

    and i don't want to read about other people who've gone through med schools and their experiences. i want a freakin survival guide!

    there. i'm done venting. now tear this thread to shreds.
     
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  3. DrBowtie

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    Print out the Allo forum and staple. :)
     
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    http://www.naahp.org/publications.htm

    These might not fit the bill of what you're looking for, they are published for advisors and not for students but you can still buy them from their website. The "Health Professions Admissions Guide: Strategy for Success" and "Interviewing for Health Professions Schools" (a $3 booklet that's worth every penny) are invaluable assets.
     
  5. SpeedRacer

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    yeah i'm not talking about books on how to get IN to medical school (there are plenty of those). books to read once you're already in.

    long haul = medical school (in this context)

    even though, yes, premed is a ridiculously long and painful haul.
     
  6. justskipee

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    A general book about survival would probalby be too bland, you need school specificis. Find out everything you can about the school, speak to their office of student affairs and ask them how to survive. Find medical students, and interview ones that are doing well, MS1, MS2, MS3, MS4. Thats what i would do.
     
  7. drmota

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    i just ordered the interviewing booklet but it said allow 4 weeks for delivery. do they sell it anywhere else?
    -mota
     
  8. medicomel

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    try going to a school's website, and you'll find that you can download them. UIC has one, and we got one during our Pitt interviews. I think that would be the best source to go to, because they have advice specific to the way things are at that particular school, from which professors are the best to how best to prepare for exams. Even advice on student life is on there, like where to live, shop, hang out, etc.
     
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    "what to expect, what to pack, what to be prepared for", not "now that I have part one over with, how do I get prepared for part three?"

    does look like a good book, though.
     
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    It took like a week to get in. I was freaked out, too. You'll get it before you go to Tulane.
     
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    How about some different reading materials? Don' t mean to hijack the post, but here are some suggestions of good books I've read. They all revolve around medicine or are at least medically related, gave me interesting perspectives, and prepared me for medical school:

    Complications: A surgeon's notes on an imperfect science, by Dr. Atul Gawande, my personal favorite medically related book.

    House of God, by Dr. Samuel Shem, the "catch-22" of medicine, about the House of God, aka Harvard

    Stiff: The curious life of human cadavers by Mary Roach, very morbidly funny book

    These make excellent gifts too. Any one else have any suggestions?

    sscooterguy
     
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    True, and I agree that the school's web site is a good place to start, especially if a student guide written by students is available. Still, when you're about to start a long journey, it's good to have a clear idea of where you're headed.

    Here's another idea: The Med School Survival Guide : How to Make the Challenges of Med School Seem Like Small Stuff

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0609805959/104-8296008-0295158?v=glance&n=283155

    Haven't read it yet but it looks interesting.

    Edit: I just noticed that this title appears to be out of print, and the few used booksellers who are offering it through Amazon are trying to gouge the unsuspecting customer. This is a very slim little paperback - I wouldn't pay more than $12 for it.
     
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    Right now I'm reading When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales of Neurosurgery. I'm enjoying it at least as much as Complications.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0449227138/qid=1134842821/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/104-8296008-0295158?n=507846&s=books&v=glance
     
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    My premed advisor has them. You could try that.
     
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    Just rent Apocalypse Now -- it's pretty close. :)
     
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    Your pre-med advisor is a ho.
    Don't talk to me about that ho again.
    But for real, it's $3... why not order it?
     
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    hahaha. i mass text messaged like 10 girls "ho" yesterday and they all flipped out and started calling me. i didn't pick up. good times.
    -mota
     
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    www.gmedicine.com check out the 1st year link on the right. It will answer all your q's.
     
  20. SpeedRacer

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    yeah i remember looking for that....it's like anywhere from $85 to over $300!

    saw this but it was published in 1985...
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316092460/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_cart_2/002-8633696-4429629?n=283155

    this one looks alright:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0761916873/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_cart_4/002-8633696-4429629?n=283155

    this one is from 1996, looks a little strange, but being sold for like 38 cents:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679764623/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_cart_3/002-8633696-4429629?n=283155
     
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    yes i've looked at that as well. thanks for all the suggestions!

    i liked the "apocalypse now" suggestion :laugh:
     
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