Surviving your Medical Education

Are you in an intimate relationship…while trying to navigate the responsibilities of medical school? Is medical school simply putting stress on you and your loved one(s)? If so (or not) you may want to check out, Intimate relationships in medical school: How to make them work available here at the Health Sciences Library.

Or maybe you don’t have time for a relationship, you’re just trying to keep your head above water. Robert Coombs has some sage advice for you in his book, Surviving medical school. I’m sure most of our med students, however, aren’t just surviving, they’re doing fine. But is “fine” good enough? What if you want to excel! We have the book that reveals the tips and tricks on  How to excel in medical school.

We all know med students have it tough, but what about nursing? I’ve had many a nursing student come into my office with bloodshot eyes and a dozen things on their agenda. From now on I’m going to recommend this book to them: Surviving nursing.

Pharmacy students would benefit from our online book, Pharmacy student survival guide

Several programs here on campus require students to dissect a human cadaver in the anatomy lab. It is an experience most of us will never have. But we can experience the philosophical musings of those who have through books like,  Body of work: Meditations on mortality from the human anatomy lab and  One breath apart: Facing dissectionFor those of you that have or are about to experience the anatomy lab, check out these books to prepare and compare your experience to the authors’ here.

Are you a woman struggling to be heard in the male-dominated world of academia and medicine? We have some support for you in the books,  Lifting a ton of feathers: A woman’s guide for surviving in the academic world and Women in medicine: getting in, growing, and advancing.

Are you about to finish that Ph.D., but you know life in the laboratory is not for you. Help is right here on campus. Explore different science career paths with our book, Alternative careers in science: Leaving the ivory tower. You can also contact the Alternatives in Science Club.

The Health Sciences Library has these books and many more to help you through different phases of your medical education. Please see the complete list below. To put them on hold just follow the links.

Medical School
Coombs, R. H., & Virshup, B. (1998). Surviving medical school.
Haas, J., & Shaffir, W. (1991). Becoming doctors: The adoption of a cloak of competence.
Saks, NS. (2003). How to excel in medical school.
Miller, R. H., & Bissell, D. M. (2006). Med School Confidential: A Complete Guide to the Medical School Experience: By Students, for Students. Macmillan.
 Wiebe, C. (2000). The right price: how to pay for medical school and feel good about it.   
Myers, M. F. (2000). Intimate relationships in medical school: How to make them work
Kanoti, G. A. (2000). Ethical dilemmas: a values guide for medical students.
HSL General Collection/ W 50 K155e 2000
Kelman, E. G., & Straker, K. C. (2000). Study without stress: Mastering medical sciences.
HSL General Collection/ W 18 K29s 2000
Wischnitzer, S., & Wischnitzer, E. (2006). Wischnitzer’s Residency Manual: Selecting, Securing, Surviving, Succeeding.
Peterkin, A. (2004). Staying human during residency training.          
Anatomy Lab
Montross, C. (2007). Body of work: Meditations on mortality from the human anatomy lab.
Bertman, S. L. (2009). One breath apart: Facing dissection.
On the Ward
Evans, D., & Patel, N. (2012). 101 Things to Do with Spare Moments on the Ward.
Clinical Rotations
Steingard, Michael A. (1998).  How to survive your clinical rotations: a clinically oriented guide for the students of medicine during their clinical years.
Ways, P., Engel, J. D., & Finkelstein, P. (2000). Clinical Clerkships: the heart of professional development 
 Women in Academia and Medicine
Caplan, P. (1993). Lifting a ton of feathers: A woman’s guide for surviving in the academic world.
Rittner, B. & Trudeau, P. (1997) The women’s guide to surviving graduate school.
Bickel, J. (2000). Women in medicine: getting in, growing, and advancing
Minorities in Medicine
Webb, C. (Ed.). (2000). Taking my place in medicine: A guide for minority medical students.
Smythe, E. E. (1984). Surviving nursing
Nemire, R.E. & Kier, K.L. (2009) Pharmacy student survival guide.
Alternative Careers in Science
Robbins-Roth, C. (Ed.). (2011). Alternative careers in science: Leaving the ivory tower.
Compiled by Ben Harnke
Education and Reference Librarian.