Recommended Books and More!


The following is a list of books selected specifically for students going into health professions. It includes stories of the experiences of health practitioners from their years as students, interns, residents, and practicing doctors and nurses.

  • Patients speak out as well; please honor them by learning from their riveting tales.
  • Don’t avoid a book just because it’s older — not too long ago, doctors and nurses had to be able to diagnose without depending on instrumentation. Read about how they did that; this is a skill that you will need every day of your professional life.

The catalog links are accessible by anyone; the article links and links to Borrow Direct are for JHU affiliates only.

Have you read a book that made an impression on you, written by or about a medical practitioner or a patient? Please tell us about it!

(We thank Sue Vazakas, MA, MLS, PhD, from the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins, who consolidated and updated several universities’ lists of recommended readings to create this one.)

To see our complete listing of recommended books, go to SHERIDAN LIBRARIES PRE-HEALTH AT HOPKINS page.


Medical School Admissions Doctor, previously written by Veritas Prep’s team of medical school admissions consultants, offers a roundup of expert and student voices in the field to guide prospective students in their pursuit of a medical education. Here is a list of recent articles:

Strategies to Select the Right Medical School to Attend

6 Questions to Ask Your Premed Adviser

Match MCAT Prep to Your Learning Style

Make a Med School Application, Interview Stand Out With Storytelling

Explore a Medical Career in Health Care Information Technology

Weigh 2 Options After a Safety Medical School Acceptance

7 Ways to Manage Medical School Interview Burnout

7 Ways to Avoid Sloppy Medical School Applications

3 Tips to Help Prepare for Physics Questions on the New MCAT

Local Public Health a Career Path for Medical Students

Tips for Selecting the Right Medical School Curriculum

3 Types of Students Who Should Consider Medical School Abroad

Get Advice for Women Interested in Entering Medicine

Learn How Medical Schools Weigh GPA, MCAT

Note These Red Flags When Touring Medical Schools

M.D.-Ph.D. Programs Balance Research, Medicine

Boost Medical School Prep With Undergrad Courses in Other Fields

Shine on Medical School Applications Without a Premed Major

Use Team Activities to Build Medical School Skills

What Late Medical School Applicants Need to Know

4 Attributes to Demonstrate on Your Primary Medical School Essay

Avoid Common Mistakes on the Medical School Personal Statement

Ask 3 Questions When Deciding Whether to Retake the MCAT

3 Questions to Help Premed Students Develop an Undergraduate Niche

Follow a Blueprint to a Successful Physician Shadowing Experience

For a complete listing, go to the U.S. News Medical School Admissions Doctor website.