Top 5 Medical School Prep Books to Read While in COVID-19 Quarantine

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2020-04-13

Make the most of your home learning during lockdown, grow your knowledge of medicine, enhance your medical school application and better understand the life of a doctor.

Holiday SOS: The life-saving adventures of a travelling doctor, written by Dr. Ben MacFarlane 

Holiday SOS: The life-saving adventures of a travelling doctor, written by Dr. Ben MacFarlane 

The tales of a flying doctor- a more serious and medical version of Superman.

You often read about people being injured on holiday and how expensive it is to get them repatriated to this country following medical treatment. This book outlines what happens from the doctor's point of view. In his book, he documents the incredible stories as a repatriation doctor abroad. In short, Dr. MacFarlane is a doctor who will come and treat you while on holiday. 
If you want to learn about the unique and exciting ways of doctoring, you should get this book.

The average reader will spend 5 hours and 19 minutes reading this book (332 pages).

Your Life In My Hands, written by Dr. Rachel Clarke

Your Life In My Hands, written by Dr. Rachel Clarke

Dr. Rachel Clarke specialises in palliative medicine and cares for patients at the end of their lives. In her book Your Life In My Hands, she shares the powerful stories around empathy and inspiring change. 

Beyond this, Dr. Clarke makes compelling arguments for why everyone should promote the intrinsic values of the NHS. A really interesting read for future medical leaders – which very much could be yourself.

For a trailer of her book, click here to see Dr. Rachel Clarke’s interview about the book.

The average reader will spend 4 hours and 38 minutes reading this book (288 pages).

This is Going to Help: How to Survive as a Junior Doctor, written by Moushmi Biswas & Anna Scholz

This is Going to Help: How to Survive as a Junior Doctor, written by Moushmi Biswas & Anna Scholz

This is a highly recommended book that is more of a practical manual for you as a future medical student and doctor.

This is Going to Help, is written by practicing doctors working in the NHS.  The book covers a wide range of topics, from how to manage your day, surviving on-calls and night-shifts, to lifestyle advice such as dating, having kids as a doctor, and looking after your health.

The key lessons include how to:

  • Become more efficient
  • Achieve better work-life balance
  • Look after your physical and mental health
  • Make smart career choices and meaningful life choices
  • Keep on track with your world outside of medicine

The average reader will spend 2 hours and 20 minutes reading this book (140 pages).

Complications: A Surgeon’s Nodes on an Imperfect Sciences, written by Atul Gawande

Complications: A Surgeon’s Nodes on an Imperfect Sciences, written by Atul Gawande

In his exceedingly well-written book, Dr. Atul Gawande accounts what it is like to cut into people's bodies and the terrifying - literally life and death - decisions that have to be made.

This book is ideal for those of you who are considering a career in Surgery. 

If you don’t get the book, we definitely recommend you check out his fabulous TED talk here from 2012.

The average reader will spend 4 hours and 31 minutes reading this book (269 pages).

In Stitches: The Highs and Lows of Life as an A&E Doctor, written by Nick Edwards

In Stitches: The Highs and Lows of Life as an A&E Doctor, written by Nick Edwards

Are you interested in emergency medicine? This may be for you.

Nick Edwards is an A&E Doctor working in the UK. In this book, you get a very real and candid picture of what it is like to work in the emergency room and the NHS context. He shares what it’s like working in the NHS too.

It is an entertaining read, sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic, sometimes sad, just like a career in medicine.

The average reader will spend 4 hours and 59 minutes reading this book (312 pages)

For more top reads like these, check out Top 5 Good Books to Read Before Applying to Medical School.

Note: In response to COVID-19, Medify has rolled out a COVID-19 guarantee scheme for those purchasing a UCAT season pass. This means that even if the UCAT exam is delayed, we will guarantee access to the Medify platform until your exam date.

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