AAMC medical student page: “You’re the future of medicine, and we’re devoted to your success. We’ll help you plan your career, pick a specialty, work out a plan for financing your education, apply for a residency-training program, and more.”

AMA medical student page: “From connecting with other students to finding financial aid; from help choosing a specialty to understanding medical ethics. What you need to know – all in one place.” “A digital library of authoritative medical information for all students of medicine.” “The Match is a trusted provider of matching services in the United States. It’s 100% objective, 100% efficient, and 100% committed to helping you ignite your passion.” “One of the oldest sites devoted to life as a medical student. Starting with your premed years, prepping for the MCAT and applying to medical schools, StudentDoc takes you through the transformative journey from student to physician.”

Reading List

There is time for pleasure-reading during medical school! Case in point, the following list only includes non-fiction books I’ve actually read cover-to-cover since starting M1. I’ve omitted the novels I’ve read because fiction lit really depends on individual taste (but I am proud to say I finally finished the first Twilight book!). For a good list of fiction lit, check out Modern Library and the AP Literature reading list. If you have a recommendation, please post it in the comments!

Dying for Growth: Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor

Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-based Cure

Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil

The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen

Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

Freakonomics: A Rouge Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Anything by Malcolm Gladwell

Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal

A Church of Her Own: What Happens When a Woman Takes the Pulpit

Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

The Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture is Eroding Self-Confidence

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Man’s Search for Meaning

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined

Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond

Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-being

Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead by Example

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking

Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior

On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind’s Hard-Wired Habits

The Winner’s Brain: 8 Strategies Great Minds Use to Achieve Success

In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children

Life After Medical School

Yet to Read:

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Thinking, Fast and Slow

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic


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