My Doctor Reading List
One of the most useful things that I did/am doing as part of my journey to try to get into medical school, is doing a lot of reading. Medicine fascinates me - even at a lay level, even if I never get into med school and become a doctor, medicine and being a doctor is just interesting to read about. Its just one of those things, thats why there are so many shows about doctors out there - and they aren't just watched by people who are or want to be doctors.
So here is a list of some of my favorite books that I've read.
"So, You Want to Be a Doctor, Eh? a Guidebook to Canadian Medical School" by Dr. Anne Berndl
This book is a gem for anyone who is considering becoming a doctor. It basically outlines the journey, from high school to applying, from choosing a specialty to all the required board exams - every step required to become a doctor. It also gives the reader a good idea of what its like to be a doctor - both the good and the bad.
Its a little dated though, being published in 2007 and there are some things in there that are no longer applicable - for example, in the book the author states that the MCAT is only available twice a year, which was the case before it became a computer based exam. Also, it has a summary of the requirements of the various medical schools, many of which have also changed since then.
But overall, this is the book I would recommend that EVERY med school hopeful read.
"Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Pulitzer Prize this book received really speaks for itself. If you are interested in history and interested in cancer, this book is amazing. History was my single favorite course in high school and university, so I just gobbled this up. Even without much knowledge of medicine or cancer, this book is easy to understand. If you do have any knowledge of cancer, you will just get that much more out of this book.The history of cancer and how it's treatment over the years has evolved is fascinating. Granted, I haven't had much personal experience with it so it didn't hit a nerve the way I'm sure it would for those who have, but I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.
"The Night Shift" by Dr. Brian Goldman
This is a great and easy read - I read it in like two days! Dr. Goldman, the author, has a great radio show of CBC called "White Coat, Black Art" (also available on podcast via the iTunes store) that discusses various topics in medicine, such as ethics, the direction medicine is heading and even specific areas of medicine. This book is written in much a similar fashion as his show.
It focuses on Dr. Goldman's career as an ER doctor in a downtown Toronto hospital. Its accounts of real experiences he has had as an ER doctor, beginning from his early training to more current events and he throws in a lot of the ethical dilemma's he has faced.