Recommended Reading

On admissions and applications

Many of these publications are available in the HPAC library. Some can be ordered through the Web site of the publishing organization.

Medical School Admission Requirements
Published annually by the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges). Copies are available in the CES and Health Professions Libraries.  This is the very best place to find out specific course requirements for all medical schools.

Medical Professions Admission Guide: Strategy for Success
Edited by Brice W. Corder, 4th edition, National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, 1998

Get Into Medical School: A Guide for the Perplexed
By Kenneth V. Iserson. Galen Press, Tucson, AZ, 1997

Medical School Admissions: The Insider's Guide
By J.A. Zebala and D.B. Jones, revised S.B. Jones. Mustang Publishing Co., Memphis, TN, 1992. ISBN 0-914457-49-7

Official Guide to Dental Schools
Published by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA)

Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements in the U.S. and Canada
 Published by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

The Education of Physician Scholars: Preparing for Leadership in the Health Care System
Edited by H.M. Schwartz, D.L. Gottheil, published by Betz Publishing Co., Rockville, MD, 800.634.4365

Minority Student Opportunities in U.S. Medical Schools
Edited by Lily May I. Johnson, published by the AAMC

270 Ways to Put Your Talent to Work in the Health Field
National Health Council, 1998

Health care reform

Healing American Health Care
The Wilson Quarterly, Summer 1996

Serious and Unstable Condition: Financing America's Health Care
By Henry J. Aaron (not the baseball player). The Brookings Institution, 1991

The Right Medicine: How to Make Health Care Reform Work Today
By David Cundiff, MD and Mary Ellen McCarthy, PhD. Humana Press, 1994

General reading

The Social Transformation of American Medicine
Paul Starr. Basic Books, 1982. A classic on the history of health care in the US.

A Whole New Life
By Reynolds Price. Atheneum, 1994. Award winning author and Duke professor describes his battle with cancer of the spine. A patient's perspective on health and health care delivery in a premier teaching hospital (Duke).

Tomorrow's Doctors: The Path to Successful Practice in the 1990s
By Benjamin H. Natelson, MD. Plenum Press, 1990

A Not Entirely Benign Procedure
By Perri Klass, MD. Penguin Books, 1994. A collection of essays written by a young woman while she was in medical school at Harvard; previously published in Discover magazine in the "Vital Signs" column.

Becoming a Doctor
By Melvin Konner, MD, PhD. Penguin Books, 1987. One medical student's account of his third year of clinical training. Dr. Konner's perspective is unusual because he had already earned a Ph.D. and published a book in the field of anthropology before entering medical school.

My Own Country
By Abraham Verghese. Simon and Schuster, 1994. A doctor's story of a small Tennessee town and its people in the age of AIDS.

The Youngest Science: Notes of a Medicine Watcher
By Lewis Thomas, MD. Penguin Books, 1983. A second generation physician and former Director of the Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute, the author describes the basis for the changes in medicine that have occurred from the time when his father made house calls, but had little to offer in the way of cure or effective therapy.

On Doctoring. Stories, Poems, Essays
Edited by Richard Reynolds, M.D. and John Stone, M.D. (Dean of Admissions at Emory University School of Medicine). Simon and Schuster, 1991. A collection of literary works written by or about physicians that attempts to "capture...the human splendor of medicine." (H)

White Coat,
By Ellen Rothman. Dr. Rothman offers a vivid account of her four years at Harvard Medical School and opens the infamously closed door between patient and doctor. Touching on today's most important medical issues -- such as HMOs, AIDS, and assisted suicide -- the author navigates her way through despair, exhilaration, and a lot of exhaustion in Harvard's classrooms and Boston's hospitals to earn the indisputable title to which we entrust our lives.

Health Against Wealth
By George Anders. If you have ever sought pre-approval for a necessary medical treatment, or have had problems arranging appointments with a specialist, or have seen a personal-care physician transferred to a distant clinic, George Anders's book on the growth of health maintenance organizations (HMOs) will confirm your worst fears. A reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Anders provides a series of horrifying case studies: a six-month-old baby who loses his hands and feet after a 42-mile journey to an HMO-approved emergency room; residents of a small town in Tennessee afflicted with an outbreak of a painful bowel infection who find that the drugs needed to suppress the epidemic are not covered; HMOs that select hospitals with low success rates for heart-bypass operations because of cost factors. Anders presents a powerful indictment of the emerging managed-care model for our national health-care system in this disturbing book.

Periodicals and journals

* Prior to interviewing at any health professional school, scan the local or regional paper for health-related issues in that community.  Where appropriate, reference this information in your interview.