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Academic Year


Books can be ordered from the UIC Medical Bookstore

The UIC Medical Bookstore is located on-campus at:

Student Center West
828 South Wolcott Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612

Requirements in addition to course texts and materials:

  1. A laptop computer.  Click here for minimum and recommended hardware requirements.
  2. A dongle for your laptop or tablet which will enable you to connect to HDMI connections in the Learning Center rooms.
  3. Download the Poll Everywhere app (free) on your smartphone/tablet, or bookmark the browser-based (website) version on any device. Poll Everywhere is used for student responses via electronic devices during lecture or active learning sessions. If you have any difficulty in finding the app, let Max Anderson know asap. Learn more about Poll Everywhere.
  4. Foam earplugs for computer-based testing.


M1s have access to Osmosis, an intelligent study system that is meant to optimize how and what you study during medical school coursework. If you are considering purchasing other study aids, please keep it in mind. There is a mobile app available for both Android and Apple devices.

Prime-level access to Osmosis is available now! For Chicago students, go here: https://www.osmosis.org/UICOM-ChicagoMed2021/coursework.

Textbooks & Materials List for AY 2017-18

Most of the recommended textbooks listed below are available from the Library of the Health Sciences as e-books. The ones that are not available as e-books are identified below. You are not expected to read entire textbooks! During each block, your instructors will tell you exactly what pages, chapters, etc. to read to be prepared for sessions. Required textbooks or other materials are noted below. Additional helpful websites and other resources are listed below.

Search for these titles here: https://vufind.carli.illinois.edu/vf-uic/ or look for them here: http://researchguides.uic.edu/lhs_medicine_hub/booklist_Phase1

Gold Standard Recommended Reference ResourcesAvailable Electronically Through
LHS Databases
Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System (5th ed)., by Abbas, Litchtman, and Pillai. 2016.Yes, through Clinical Key
Mims’ Medical Microbiology (5th ed), by Goering, Dockrell, Zuckerman, Chiodini, & Roitt. 2013.Yes through Clinical Key
Histology: A Text and Atlas with Correlated Cell and Molecular Biology (7th ed), by Ross & Pawlina. 2016.Yes through EBSCOhost
Junqueira’s Basic Histology: Text and Atlas (14th ed), by Mescher.Yes through Access Medicine
Textbook of Biochemistry with Clinical Correlations (7th ed), by Devlin. 2010. No
Nutrition and Bariatric Surgery by Kushner & Still. 2014. Yes through EBSCOhost
Thompson and Thompson, Genetics in Medicine (8th ed), by Nussbaum, McInnes, & Willard. 2016. Yes through Clinical Key
Gray’s Anatomy for Students (3rd ed), by Drake, Vogl, & Mitchell. 2015. Yes through Clinical Key
Berne and Levy, Human Physiology (7th ed), by Koeppen & Stanton. 2017. Yes through Clinical Key
Guyton and Hall, Textbook of Medical Physiology (13th ed), by Hall. 2016. Yes through Clinical Key
Pathophysiology of Disease: An Introduction to Clinical Medicine (7th ed), by Hammer & McPhee. 2014. Yes through AccessMedicine
Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basic of Disease (9th ed), by Kumar, Abbas, Fausto & Astor. 2014. Yes through ClinicalKey
Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (13th ed), by Katzung & Trevor. 2015. Yes through AccessMedicine
Neuroscience (5th ed), by Purves et al. 2012. No
Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry (6th ed), by Andreasen & Black. 2013.No
Behavioral Science in Medicine (2nd ed), by Fadem. 2012. Yes through OVID
Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Cases (2nd ed), by Blumenfeld. 2010.No
Neuroanatomy in Clinical Context: An Atlas of Structures, Sections, Systems, and Syndromes (9th ed), by Haines. 2015.No
Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: A Guide for Clinician (5th ed), by Lo. 2013. Yes through ProQuest
The Health Care Handbook: A Clear and Concise Guide to the United States Health Care System (2nd ed), by Askin & Moore. 2012. No


Required ResourcesAvailable Electronically Through LHS Databases
Langman’s Medical Embryology (13th Ed), by Sadler. 2014. Yes through LWW Health Library
Grant’s Dissector (16th Ed), by Detton. 2017 Yes through LWW Health Library
Select one of the following atlases:

Atlas of Human Anatomy (6th Ed), by Netter. 2014.

Atlas of Anatomy (3rd Ed), by Gilroy. 2016.

Color Atlas of Anatomy (7th Ed), by Rohen, et al. 2011.

Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy (14th Ed), by Agur & Dailey. 2017.

Yes through Clinical Key



Yes through LWW Health Library


Recommended Study Resources Available Electronically Through
LHS Databases
Osmosis (http://www.osmosis.org) N/A
Blue Histology (http://www.lab.anhb.uwa.edu.au/mb140)N/A
Shotgun Histology (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD7882068A01C370F) N/A
Histology Guide (http://histologyguide.org/index.html) N/A
Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Biochemistry (7th ed), by Ferrier. 2017. Yes through LWW Health Library
How the Immune System Works (5th ed), by Sompayrac. 2016.Yes through EBSCOhost
Essentials of Clinical Immunology (6th ed), by Chapel, Haeney, Misbah, & Snowden. 2014.Yes through EBSCOhost
Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple (6th ed), by Gladwin, Trattler, & Mahan. 2014. No
Evidence-based Physical Diagnosis (4th ed), by McGee. 2018. Yes through ClinicalKey
Symptom to Diagnosis: An Evidence-based Guide (3rd ed), by Stern, Cifu, & Altkorn. 2015. Yes through AccessMedicine
Marks’ Essentials of Medical Biochemistry: A Clinical Approach (4th ed), by Lieberman, Marks & Peet. 2013. No
Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy (available from LHS) Yes through Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy
AnatLab Online Atlas of Sectional Anatomy (available from UICOM – information about accessing this will be made available this fall No
Physiology (6th ed) by Costanzo. 2018. Yes through Clinical Key
BRS Physiology (5th ed), by Costanzo. 2014. No
BRS Physiology Cases and Problems (4th ed), by Costanzo. 2012. No
Pathoma Fundamentals of Pathology (http://www.pathoma.com/fundamentals-of-pathology) N/A
Rapid Review: Pathology (4th ed), by Goljan. 2014. No
Katzung & Trevor’s Pharmacology Examination and Board Review (11th ed). 2015. Yes through AccessMedicine or AccessPharmacy
Workbook and Casebook for Goodman and Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics (1st ed). 2016. Yes through AccessPharmacy
Principles of Biomedical Ethics (7th ed), by Beauchamp & Childress. 2014. No
Clinical Ethics: A Practical Approach to Ethical Decisions in Clinical Medicine (8th ed), by Jonsen and Siegler. (8th ed). 2015 Yes through AccessMedicine
A Companion to Bioethics (2nd ed), by Kuhse & Singer. 2010. No
Practical Ethics for Students, Interns, and Residents: A Short Reference Manual (4th ed), by Derse. 2015. No
Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach (7th ed), by Bodenheimer & Grumbach. 2016. Yes through AccessMedicine


Required Books & Equipment for DoCS
Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking (11th ed), by Rickley. (9th, 10th or 11th editions are fine) – available through LHS as an e-book.

Smith’s Patient-centered Interviewing: An Evidence-based Method (3rd ed), by Fortin, Dwamena, Frankel & Smith. 2012. Print copy on reserve at LHS, and e-book is available through LHS.

  • Short White Coat with name embroidered legibly on coat or appropriate name tag – Patients must be able to easily read your name and identify you as a student
  • Watch with a second hand
  • Penlight
  • Stethoscope – Dr. Kondos from the Department of Cardiology recommends a Littmann Cardiology III OR Cardiology IV. See detailed message below from Dr. Kondos.
  • Reflex Hammer – The Neurology Dept. recommends a dual-mallet type reflex hammer as it will allow you to illicit reflexes more readily than a tomahawk style hammer.  A Dejerine style Reflex hammer (pictured below) is highly recommended.



  • Tuning Fork (C 128) will be required for Neuro Workshop
  • Tuning Fork (C 512) will be required for ENT workshop
  • Pocket-sized notebook or Foldable clipboard from the bookstore or online (http://www.whitecoatclipboard.com/)

Recommended Equipment:

  • Diagnostic Kit (Otoscope/Ophthalmoscope Set) – This is the most expensive item that you will need to purchase and range in price from $150-$900.  Welch Allyn, ADC and Riester are different price range products that are recommended.  There are no special features required above and beyond the basic otoscope head, ophthalmoscope head, and power source instrument handle (i.e., transilluminators, nasal speculums, etc.).  Full size and pocket size are available and acceptable.  Many students will buy with the idea that they will be using this instrument throughout their professional careers with patients as well as family members. Some students share but it is difficult to learn these skills if you don’t have the equipment with which to practice.
    • Full size models:   Welch Allyn and the Riester brand which range in price between $149 and $500 are recommended by Dr. Djalilian from the Opthalmology Dept.   The Welch Allyn Pan Optic is the top of the line diagnostic kit and recommended for those who can afford it and are going into primary care.
  • Pocket size models: A very portable, pocket size, relatively inexpensive diagnostic set is recommended by many neurologists and Dr. Djalilian from the Opthalmology Dept.  It is Riester Ri-Mini Otoscope/Ophthalmoscope Kit , Halogen 2.5 V which runs $150-$255.  Welch Allyn also makes an excellent pocket size model which range in price from $450-$700.


Note: AMSA has an annual equipment sale in the Fall semester as a service to the students and a fundraiser.  Prices offered at the sale are generally very competitive.  The sale provides the opportunity for students to see/handle all the equipment and have questions answered. 

A message from George T Kondos, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Medicine:

As you begin your Medical School training, it is very important to have a high quality stethoscope so you can differentiate between normal and abnormal heart sounds and murmurs.  All stethoscopes are not created equal.  You will definitely hear heart sounds better with a good quality stethoscope.  A high quality stethoscope is a key component to help you develop a solid foundation in the cardiac physical exam.  Some students feel that any stethoscope is good at the beginning of their training.  I believe this is definite mistake.

I recommend the Littmann Cardiology III or Littmann Cardiology IV stethoscope as our College of Medicine’s recommendation for our medical students.  These stethoscopes stand apart from their competitors.  The Littmann Cardiology III and IV has a tunable diaphragm, parallel, double tubing, and a double-sided chest piece, which allows the examination of both adult and pediatric patients.  Additionally, the purchase of a Littmann Cardiology III or Cardiology IV will include access to Littmann’s new Learning Institute App which includes student learning tools for heart sounds that you can access on your mobile device.

The Littmann Cardiology III was discontinued in last Academic Year. However, Littman as a company will continue to service discontinued models for at least 8 additional years after purchase. The Littmann Cardiology IV stethoscope has a few enhancements above the Littmann Cardiology III. Higher pitched sounds can be easier heard, the pediatric diaphragm is constructed a little better. The Litmann IV is about $11.00-12.00 more than the Littmann Cardiology III. Bottom line you can’t go wrong with either of the Littmann Cardiology Stethoscopes. If you can afford the extra cost I would purchase the LIttmann Cardiology IV. There are also two tubing lengths. Either length is fine.

In summary I have had the privilege of teaching our Medical Students for over 25 years.  I know what it takes to become good at listening to Heart Sounds.  A good quality stethoscope is of paramount importance.  Should you have any additional questions please feel free to contact me: email – gtkondos@uic.edu.  Good luck as you begin your journey in Medical School!

George T. Kondos, MD