Keeping the Cynic out of the Clinic: Books to Renew your Love of Medicine

Most people don’t associate being a premed with relaxation. Outsiders imagine your existence as a combination of serious studying, late nights in the lab, and an extensive cornucopia of community service and leadership roles. Let’s be honest: Those impressions are mostly right. Because of that, today I’ve decided to escape my usual role as a professional medical school admissions advisor to shine a bright light on some recommended premed, non-science reading. If you dutifully want to balance your “pleasure” reading with more utilitarian medical school admissions advice, please see my recent Student Doctor Network piece, “Ten Ways to Improve Your Medical School Application.”

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What's On Your Summer Reading List?

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For most students, summer break is an opportunity to do many things for which there is simply not as much time during the school year: catching up on sleep, vacations, and relaxing, in addition to working, volunteering, or taking additional classes. For many pre-medical and medical students, summer is a great time to catch up on pleasure reading. The unfortunate reality of school is that it often drains our energy for reading for pleasure, since it requires so much reading already (not that reading textbooks isn’t fun – it’s just not the same as sitting down with a good novel).

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